The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) has held the 2020 International Women’s Day under the theme; “I am Generation Equality, Advancing Women and Girls Rights in Ghana”, on Thursday 5 March, 2020 at the Centre in Teshie.
The day also marked the launch of the 2nd Ghana National Action Plan (GHANAP 2) on the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women Peace and Security (WPS), which addresses the rights of women and girls within the peace and security context.
In his welcome address the Commandant, KAIPTC, Maj Gen Francis Ofori said the International Women’s Day was a focal point in the movement for women’s rights which gave the opportunity to mobilise support to promote the right of women and girls.
According to him, despite the various efforts and stories on women’s right and participation, there was the need to secure the gains made in addressing existing challenges and also to examine unexplored areas especially, women’s rights, protection and participation within the emerging security situation.
Maj Gen Ofori said KAIPTC remained committed to women Peace and Security (WPS) agenda adding that, the Centre had identified WPS as the 3rd pillar of their five year strategic plan. He said he was glad this year’s celebration of the International Women’s day coincided with the launch of GHANAP 2.
Launching the GHANAP 2, the Chief Director at the Ministry for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Dr Afisah Zakariah, who read a speech on behalf of the Sector Minister, Hon Cynthia Mamle Morrison, said the overall good of the GHANAP 2 on women peace and security was to build inclusive, secured and peaceful societies for all especially, women and girls in Ghana, anchored on the tenets of UNSCR 1325.
She added that the plan was critical for the maintenance of both National and International peace and security as it provided the opportunity to deal with inter-ethnic conflicts and tribal wars.
She stressed the need for Ghana to position its self well to maintain the relative peace the country was enjoying.
The Minister noted that the launch of the GHANAP2 was crucial for the country because of the major elections ahead, and therefore tasked all to embrace peace before, during and after the country’s elections.
The Deputy Resident Representative for UNDP, Ms Silke Hollander, in her good will message congratulated Ghana for being one of the countries that had adopted National Action Plans to implement UNSCR1325.
She then appealed to all to contribute towards the effective implementation of the GHANAP 2 and collaborate even more to provide opportunities for women in contributing towards sustainable peace in their communities, countries, the continent and the world as a whole.