Ghana Armed Forces receives donation from Elsie Initiative Fund

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The Elsie Initiative Fund for Uniformed Women in Peace Operations (EIF) has donated US$3.7 million to the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) to increase the deployment of women in United Nations peacekeeping operations.

A press release made available to the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Friday said the donation was also aimed at making the GAF more gender inclusive.

The statement said that as the 7th largest contributor to UN peacekeeping, Ghana currently deploys 2,760 uniformed personnel, 15.6% of whom are women.

He also added that “Through the EIF grant, Ghana will increase its contribution to female military personnel by deploying a Gender Responsive Unit (GSU), a military battalion with substantial representation of women overall, including in command positions. of the United Nations Interim Force. in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for three years and beyond”.

Vice Admiral Seth Amoama, Chief of Defense Staff of the GAF, said: “The inclusion of women at all levels of peace operations, through the promotion of gender equality and awareness , is a clear and current reality, for the success of complex operations and multi-dimensional peace operations.

“The approval of this will further enhance our pre-deployment preparations and the deployment of female soldiers. It will also go a long way towards improving our gender and equality awareness through targeted training and national outreach,” a- he added.

According to the statement, through the EIF-funded project, Ghana would address two of the most difficult barriers to meaningful participation of women, including the limited number of trained and qualified women to deploy as peacekeepers and insufficient infrastructure for women.

He said the GAF would partner with the Women’s Peace and Security Institute of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center to launch a national campaign to challenge gender stereotypes and promote recruitment. and the integration of women into leadership and combat roles.

The statement said that through visits to the 16 regions of Ghana, the GAF will carry out outreach activities to encourage young women in secondary and tertiary schools to enlist.

“The GAF will also construct two accommodation facilities, a total of 300 beds, for female recruits, which will allow more women to be recruited and trained for deployment in UN peace operations,” he said. he added.

Mr. Charles Abani, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Ghana as the main contributor of uniformed women in military contingents to United Nations missions, and the project as a milestone.

The UN in Ghana welcomes support from partners, such as the EIF, which would make GAF’s contributions more effective.

According to the statement, through Ghana’s bilateral partnership with Canada under the Elsie Initiative, the GAF would receive technical assistance for policy development and training to create a gender-responsive institutional culture within the GAF. .

Ms. Oulimata Sarr, Regional Director of UN Women, said, “We are proud to see that Ghana has made tremendous efforts to advance gender equality. I commended Ghana’s efforts to mainstream and institutionalize gender perspectives.

The CIR, a United Nations trust fund hosted by UN Women, supports the sustainable deployment and meaningful participation of uniformed female peacekeepers by providing financial assistance and incentives.

Established by the UN, Canada and Member States in 2019, the EIF aims to accelerate progress towards UN gender equality goals in line with Security Council resolutions and the UN Strategy on Gender Equality. gender parity in uniform 2018-2028.

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