Major (rtd) addressing the media in Parliament

Parliament has sent a congratulatory message to the Ghanaian Peacekeepers especially the female troops and saluted them for protecting global peace.

In a statement to commemorate The International Day, for the United Nations Peacekeepers celebrated on 29th May, The Deputy Defence Minister, Major (rtd) Derrick Oduro said “on this special occasion as we mark the international day for United Nation Peacekeepers, I wish to congratulate all peacekeepers both civilians and uniformed personnel especially our Ghanaian Peacekeepers for their sacrifice and contribution to world peace”.

This year’s celebration acknowledges the difficulties the peacekeepers are going through in the face of the novel Coronavirus Pandemic COVlD-I9.

Speaking on the theme: “Women in Peacekeeping A key to Peace”, Major Oduro who doubles as an MP for Nkoranza North, described the theme as appropriate which cannot be over emphasized.

“The role of women in ensuring peace at home, the work place and in the community is something we as citizens of the world should endeavor to promote to ensure our continue existence”, he stressed.

Twenty years ago, the United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 1325 on women, peace and security which together with ensuing resolutions have led to greater roles by women within the operations of the United Nations and now we have more uniformed female peacekeepers than before.

Since 29 May 1948, when the United Nations Security Council authorized the deployment of the first military observers in the Middle East, they have had more than one million women serving in various capacities in 72 United Nations Peacekeeping Operations.

“Their (women) contributions in these missions have positively impacted the lives of millions of people across the globe”, Deputy Minister acknowledged.

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