As the COVID-19 pandemic threatens world peace and the global economy, Deputy Minister of Defence, Major Derek Oduro (Rtd), has called on women to play a leading role in the fight against the disease.
“I urged our women to once again lead the fight to stop the spread of the virus,” he said.
Comparing women to peacekeepers at the war front, the Retired Military Officer said every woman must see herself as a peacekeeper and contribute her quota to the campaign against COVID-19 and to stay safe.
In a statement before Parliament to commemorate the International Day for United Nations Peacekeepers, on the theme: ”Women in peacekeeping – A Key to Peace,” Major Oduro, who is also the Member of Parliament for Nkoransa North, applauded women peacekeepers for their role as mothers and partners in the quest for global peace.
“Mr Speaker, may we, therefore, use this occasion to pay a glowing tribute to our women peacekeepers for their role as mothers and partners in the quest for peace,” he said.
He said the role of women in ensuring peace at home, the work place and in the community was something citizens of the world should endeavour to promote to ensure “our continued existence.”
Major Oduro, speaking to the media later in Parliament, commended Ghanaian women in peacekeeping for their sacrifice and contribution to world peace, saying the world adores and respects them because of their enviable record.
He revealed that Ghana had surpassed the United Nations (UN) mandate that women should form 15 per cent of all troop-contributing nations to UN operations.
He urged chiefs, various ethnic groups and politicians not to beat war drums but to ensure peace as the nation goes to the polls in December.
“In the course of looking for peace for other nations, we pray that Ghana would not see peacekeepers on its soil trying to keep peace in the country,” he added.
Naval Captain Faustina Adwoa Boakyewaa Anokye, the Director in Charge of Civilian Establishment, lauded women peacekeepers for their sacrifices to ensure world peace by participating in UN operations across the globe.
She reiterated the call for peace in the country, especially during this year’s general election, urging chiefs, politicians, serial callers and foot soldiers to desist from making inflammatory statements.