The third edition of the Gender Advisors’ Workshop organised by the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has been held on Tuesday 6 September to Thursday 8 September 2022 at the Command Officers' Mess in Burma Camp.
The theme for the workshop “Guaranteeing Equal Opportunities in GAF” was aimed at providing an overview of gender efforts and a platform for Gender Advisors to share ideas on gender issues in order to deepen understanding of their roles.
The Deputy Chief of Staff for Administration (DCOS Admin), Air Vice Marshall Mike Kwame Appiah- Agyekum who was the Guest of Honour said there has been significant improvements in the opportunities available to women in the Armed Forces, noting that Command was working towards achieving the right gender balance in decision making, operations, and other activities.
The Armed Forces, he said, can boast of approximately 18 percent of female strength and the continued effort of posting female officers to all units. In the area of peacekeeping, Ghana had the highest deployment of female personnel averaging 15 percent for contingents and 27 to 30 per cent for military observers and staff officers.
He urged all Gender Policy Advisors to be the key link between the vision of the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), High Command and the implementation of gender mainstreaming which included equipping and facilitating effective functioning of gender focal points in the Units.
According to him, the CDS urges all to work hard to eliminate negative mindsets, practices, and cultures that do not enhance the harmonious co-existence and effective functioning of all.
He took the opportunity to congratulate all newly appointed officers and wished them the very best in their endeavors as Advisors.
The Gender Policy Advisor to the CDS, Naval Captain Veronica Arhin said GAF was making efforts to create a fairer working environment for all personnel, including Gender Advisors.
The Director General Training, Brigadier General Twum Ampofo-Gyekye during his closing remarks said, a society that believes that one sex is superior to the other, or one sex should be given advantage over the other is problematic. He urged the Gender Advisors, to let the assembly of these great minds serve as a good foundation for teamwork towards achieving a common goal, working for the good of the Armed Forces and the Nation.