The Women’s Army Corps of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) on Friday celebrated 52 years since its establishment with a thanksgiving service at Camp Ayanganna, Thomas Lands, Georgetown.
Under the theme, “Celebrating our women, empowering them for total defence”, women across the military base were recognised for their contributions in the country.
After hymns and prayers, the Chief-of-Staff, Brigadier Patrick West delivered remarks as he noted that the women’s arm has always functioned as a cohesive body ever since it was established. Throughout the past decades, it has been recognised in the male-dominated environment and matched the expectations.
“You have to embrace the high standards of disciple that we have set for you and demand respect from all sectors of the force and society. You have to ensure to deliver at all times. You exhibit conduct that is beyond reproach and in keeping with the standards of the Force,” said West.
He challenged the women of the force to seek educational gains in areas of technology, which is said to be dominant in the years to come. For women to be equally integrated as men, they need to act now on the opportunities which are available.
“By 2020, there will be millions of technological jobs worldwide. At the current rate of students graduating with degrees in computer science and engineering, men will still outnumber women. It is up to you, therefore, to change the predictions. I challenge you to get into mathematics and technology. Break out of traditional roles and moulds that you have made.”
The Chief-of-Staff noted that for the upcoming batch of women, special attention will be made to break these traditions and make it mandatory for them to explore fields in the technical areas.
“I will start by breaking this tradition. I have instructed the Central Management Committee that the women who are recruited this year for training must be for the technical units.”
To the women he said, “I want to remind you that you can chart your course for empowering yourself and the next generation of the Women’s Army Corps.”