Capt Nathanael Asamoah, PIO, UNIFIL GHANBATT 86
The Ghana Battalion (GHANBATT) 86 serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has commemorated 60 years of Females in Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) celebration with an all-female drill display and women’s forum held at the battalion’s headquarters in Al-Qawzah, South Lebanon.
The short but spectacular drill display was among other activities that included Women’s Combat Walk, Cultural Display/Exhibition, African Variety Night, Religious Service and Women’s Forum involving Women Peacekeepers from other contingents in the mission
The Chief of Mission Support, Madam Nicoleta Verestiuc, who was the Guest of Honour for the event, applauded the professionalism of females of the Ghana battalion and GAF.
She commended Ghana as a country, for bridging the gap between men and women, especially in the military and also recognizing the roles and contributions of women to peace security and development, in Ghana and beyond.
She emphasized that GAF, being the highest contributor of female troops to UNIFIL, has made remarkable contributions to the peacekeeping process through gender advocacy and training, as well as civil-military cooperation, which has been inspirational to young girls, both in Lebanon and Ghana.
The Commanding Officer (CO) of the Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Abass Atuluk, extended his special acknowledgement to the females under his command and all females of GAF, for the significant roles they play and the numerous successes chalked, despite various societal and cultural hurdles.
Lt Col Atuluk also conveyed to the ladies, the felicitations in a lettered message of the Chief of the Defence Staff on the occasion of the anniversary.
The Head of Mission and Force Commander of UNIFIL – Major General Stefano Del Col, witnessed the event as part of his maiden working visit to GHANBATT 86, since it took over a month ago and was accompanied by the Deputy Sector West Commander, Colonel Ian Bryne.
The event was also attended by staff officers and female troops of sister battalions of UNIFIL and the Lebanese Armed Forces.