19 March 2018. The Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana, Her Excellency (HE) Heather Cameron has urged the country to create lasting peace by empowering women.
HE Cameron stated this in a speech read on her behalf by the Commanding Officer of the Royal Canadian Ship-Canada, Lieutenant Commander Emily Lambert at the Navy Women Empowerment Seminar held at the Tema port on Monday, 19 March 2018.
She emphasized that although progress had been made internationally for women to fully and equally participate in decision making and leadership, more remains to be done to advance gender equality.
HE Cameron used the occasion to underscore the contributions of all uniform women in both Ghana and Canada for their spectacular support to the development of the nation. She also stressed that the partnership between both countries would assist in the number of women deployed in the United Nations Peace Operations.
Brigadier General Constance Ama Emefa Edjeani-Afenu, a Special Guest of the event, called on women in uniform not to see themselves as inferior but rather people who could equally contribute to the development of the society.
She also recounted her experience, in and out of the military and urged women especially the youth to persevere and strife for the best.
The seminar was held as part of the visit of His Majesty Canadian Ship (HMCS) Summerside and Kingston in joint training with Canada, Ghana and other Gulf of Guinea states to strengthen coastal and maritime defence.
Other female participants at the seminar were from the Ghana Police Service, Customs Division of Ghana Revenue Authority and some member’s organizations.