The Force Commander (FC) for the United Nations Multi-Dimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) Dennis Gyllensporre has praised the efforts of the government of Ghana for deploying female peacekeepers to constitute more than 10 percent of the Company strength in the Integrated Super Camp (ISC) at Tombouctou, when he paid a working visit to the Sappers Camp (Ghana Camp).
Expressing delight at the overall performance of the Ghana Company on his visit, General Gyllensporre stated that female participation in peacekeeping was crucial to the mission at a time when the UN is advocating for gender parity amongst its staff, he however, noted that only a small portion of its Blue Helmets are female.
The Officer Commanding (OC), Ghana Army Engineering Company (GHANENGCOY 7), Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Winston Luck Kwao Djiyehue, said aside the many deployment of women to other theatres, the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), in the quest for greater integration of women in Peace Support Operations, rather than a token participation in their military career and society at large, have deployed the first batch of 18 All-Female ranks to serve alongside their male counterparts in the most deadliest mission in the world.
The 18 All-Female ranks deployed to MINUSMA includes a Doctor, Nurses, Account Officers, Logistic & Maintenance Officers, a Cinematographer, Cooks, amongst others, who shall be ending their tour of duty and return to Ghana in March 2020.
Lt Col Djiyehue added that the total performance appraisal of the female peacekeepers was impressive, since they have demonstrated professionalism within the period under review.
In an interaction with the Senior Medical Officer (SMO) and Head of the Female Peacekeepers deployed, Lieutenant (Lt) (GN) Sheba Afi Mansa Fiadzomor, urged women to strive to make the impossible possible, as the process would challenge others and serve as a precedent for them.
Lt (GN) Fiadzomor admonished all women to draw divine motivation from God; to help them participate effectively in the economy, as larger numbers benefit from female outputs, she added.