The Ghana Armed Forces have promoted Colonel Constance Ama Emefa Edjeani-Afenu to the Brigadier General rank, making her the first ever female Brigadier general in the Ghana Armed Forces.
Constance Edjeani-Afenu who in the early 1990’s was at the Junior Division of the Armed forces Command and Staff College is presently serving as the Deputy Military Adviser of the Permanent Mission of Ghana to the United Nations, New York, USA.
Her current position of the Brigadier General is the highest position held by a woman in the Ghana Armed forces. This achievement is indeed not an easy feat, considering the fact that women are more often than not neglected in this part of the world and even worse in the Armed Forces which is a world greatly dominated by the male counterparts.
Constance Edjeani-Afenu’s promotion have brought joy and hope to the hearts of Ghanaian women in the armed forces, this is evident in the social media sites which immediately became flooded with congratulatory messages to the new Brigadier General after news of her promotion. The promotion would undoubtedly serve as motivation to the women in the force who look to progress in their course to serve their nation. It also brings a glimpse of hope that the nation will someday record her first ever female Major General.
The promotion couldn’t have come at a better time as the country’s Independence day celebration holds in a few days (Monday the 7th of March 2016). Ghana has indeed come a long way in the fight to ensure gender equality in her workforce, in recent years, the country have recorded increasing number of women assuming positions in the force and the recent promotion of Constance Edjeani-Afenu is more proof to that.