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Friday, June 14, 2024

LIBERIAN SENATE CONFIRMS FIRST FEMALE DEFENCE MINISTER: GERALDINE JANET GEORGE

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MONROVIA – In a historic moment for Liberia, Brigadier General (Retired) Geraldine Janet George has been confirmed as the country’s first-ever female Defence Minister. The Liberia Senate confirmed her appointment on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, marking a significant milestone in the nation’s history.

Brigadier General George’s journey to this historic appointment began when she was enlisted into the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) on July 24, 2006, as part of the first batch of soldiers of the restructured AFL. Throughout her military career, she has demonstrated a deep commitment to serving her country, acquiring extensive military leadership skills along the way.

Her impressive military career includes serving in various key positions within the AFL, such as Deputy Chief of Staff, Acting Commander of the 23rd Infantry Brigade, and Provost Marshal, among others. She has also undergone several military training programs both locally and internationally, earning numerous certificates and diplomas that have enhanced her skills and expertise.

Brigadier General George is a distinguished graduate of the College of West Africa (CWA) and holds a Master of Arts Degree in International Relations from Webster University, USA, as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University, Monrovia.

Prior to her appointment as Defence Minister, she served as Deputy Defence Minister for Operations and was later named Acting Defence Minister by President Joseph Boakai on February 13, 2024. Her appointment as Minister of National Defense is not only a testament to her capabilities but also reflects President Boakai’s commitment to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in the public sector.

In her new role, Brigadier General George has expressed her vision to ensure the preparedness of a viable and sustainable Armed Forces of Liberia that can effectively address the threats to Liberia’s national security. Her appointment adds Liberia to the list of African countries making strides in gender equality, as seven other African countries currently have women heading their defense ministries.

This appointment is a significant step towards ensuring equal opportunities for women in leadership roles and serves as an inspiration to women across Liberia and the continent as a whole. Brigadier General George’s appointment demonstrates that women are equally capable, if not better, when given the opportunity to serve in positions of power.

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