Ghana Armed Forces reaches 19% female deployment in peacekeeping operations

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November 21, 2023

Ghanian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced at the 2023 graduation parade of the Ghana Military Academy in Accra this month that the country's Armed Forces has exceeded the United Nations (UN) target for the deployment of female military personnel for peacekeeping missions. While the UN has set a target of 9%, the Ghana Armed Forces has reached 19%.

The country has been participating in UN peackeeping missions since 1960 when it sent troops to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ghana now boasts involvement in 15 missions globally, involving about 2,500 military personnel.

This year, Ghana will also be the first African state to host the biennial fifth ministerial summit. Taking place since 2014, these summits see Defence Ministers and other partners from around the world gathering to discuss civilian protection, misinformation and disinformation, safety and security, promoting mental health, and boosting women's particapation in peacekeeping. The 2023 UN Peacekeeping Ministerial will take place in Accra from December 5 to 6.

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