Accra Ghana: Commander Veronica Arhin, the Gender Policy Adviser to the Chief of the Defence Staff (GPA to CDS) has paid a courtesy call on Major General Francis Ofori, Commandant of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC). Cdr Arhin heads the newly-created office which seeks to integrate gender mainstreaming into the operations and activities of The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).
The aim of the visit was to officially introduce herself to the Commandant, to seek guidance from him and to discuss training support and collaboration.
Maj Gen Ofori congratulated Cdr Arhin on her appointment and urged her to work to ensure equal access and opportunity for both men and women in the GAF. The Commandant stressed on the need for training for personnel to appreciate the importance of gender mainstreaming.
In her response, Cdr Arhin expressed her gratitude to the Commandant for his support and for the prospective collaboration between her outfit and KAIPTC on gender-related programmes.
Present at the meeting were Col Richard Woanya, Chief Coordinator, Mrs Patricia Mensah-Larkai, Human Resource Officer and Ms Ayesha Nkrumah, Corporate Affairs Officer.
For further information, please contact the Corporate Affairs Unit of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) on +233302-718200 ext 1104/1203 or +233 550 303030. You can find the KAIPTC on Facebook and twitter as: @Kaiptcgh. You can further find out more about the KAIPTC on our website: www.kaiptc.org.
The Ghana Ministry of Defence (MoD) established the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in 1998 and commissioned it in 2004. The purpose was to build upon and share Ghana’s five decades of internationally acclaimed experience and competence in peace operations with other states in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region and the rest of Africa. This was in recognition of the need for training military, police and civilian men and women to meet the changing demands of multidimensional peace operations. The Centre is one of the three (3) Peacekeeping Training Centres of Excellence mandated by the ECOWAS to offer training in peacekeeping and peace support operations (PSO) in Africa.
The Centre delivers training courses in three thematic areas; Peace Support Operations, Conflict Management and Peace and Security Studies and also runs Masters and PhD programmes in same. The KAIPTC has a world-class research department that undertakes research in the thematic areas in Peace and Security. Located in Accra, Ghana, the KAIPTC is an internationally recognised institution and has to date trained and tutored over 21, 496 participants and students since its inception.
KAIPTC is a gender-sensitive organisation and committed to gender equality. Following the launch of its gender policy in 2014, the Centre has mainstreamed gender into its policies and programmes, and integrates same in its focal areas, namely training, research and postgraduate education. The Centre has developed a Sexual Harassment policy and fully oriented employees on same. It has also provided a Nursing and Childcare Centre and instituted a paternity leave policy, all with the aim to create a conducive work environment at KAIPTC.