Women in the Military

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Lithuanian senior lieutenant Sandra. Date: 2009.08.13 Photo by Mindaugas
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March 8, 2010, Ghowr province protected by Lithuanian-led PRT-10 marked International Women's Day. Commemorative event organised by Department of Women's Affairs of Ghowr was attended by female members of PRT from Lithuanian, Japan, and the USA. The event was also attended by the Provincial Governor, and representatives of provincial administration, international and non-governmental organisations acting in Ghowr. Governor of Ghowr addressed the gathering and encouraged provincial women to assume a more active role in family education activity, and the entire provincial population - to ensure more possibilities for women to seek education. Governor also presented token gifts for several tens of provincial women for participation in social economic and cultural life of the community. Representative of Department of Women's Affairs of Ghowr expressed gratitude for female personnel of PRT-10 for permanent attention and cooperation with the Department in matters related to women's affairs. They were presented with traditional suites Afghan women wear. In joint events with Department of Women's Affairs PRT is represented by civilian and military women members to express respect for local traditions and customs. Lithuanian-led PRT headquartered in Chaghcharan, the capital city of Ghowr, took up responsibility for security in the province in June 2005. PRT is a joint military-civilian mission operating under International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).Its main task is to help Afghan Central Government extend its authority in the province, and to ensure security and environment for civilian activities. Together with around 150 of Lithuanian military and civilian personnel representatives of Denmark, Georgia, Japan, the USA, Croatia, Romania, and Ukraine, including Lithuanian Special Mission, United States Department of Defence, and USAID, work in Ghowr. PRT-10 currently providing security in Ghowr is formed on the basis of the 1st Territorial Unit of the NDVF Dainava Military District.
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March 8, 2010, Ghowr province protected by Lithuanian-led PRT-10 marked International Women's Day. Commemorative event organised by Department of Women's Affairs of Ghowr was attended by female members of PRT from Lithuanian, Japan, and the USA. The event was also attended by the Provincial Governor, and representatives of provincial administration, international and non-governmental organisations acting in Ghowr. Governor of Ghowr addressed the gathering and encouraged provincial women to assume a more active role in family education activity, and the entire provincial population - to ensure more possibilities for women to seek education. Governor also presented token gifts for several tens of provincial women for participation in social economic and cultural life of the community. Representative of Department of Women's Affairs of Ghowr expressed gratitude for female personnel of PRT-10 for permanent attention and cooperation with the Department in matters related to women's affairs. They were presented with traditional suites Afghan women wear. In joint events with Department of Women's Affairs PRT is represented by civilian and military women members to express respect for local traditions and customs. Lithuanian-led PRT headquartered in Chaghcharan, the capital city of Ghowr, took up responsibility for security in the province in June 2005. PRT is a joint military-civilian mission operating under International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).Its main task is to help Afghan Central Government extend its authority in the province, and to ensure security and environment for civilian activities. Together with around 150 of Lithuanian military and civilian personnel representatives of Denmark, Georgia, Japan, the USA, Croatia, Romania, and Ukraine, including Lithuanian Special Mission, United States Department of Defence, and USAID, work in Ghowr. PRT-10 currently providing security in Ghowr is formed on the basis of the 1st Territorial Unit of the NDVF Dainava Military District.
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March 8, 2010, Ghowr province protected by Lithuanian-led PRT-10 marked International Women's Day. Commemorative event organised by Department of Women's Affairs of Ghowr was attended by female members of PRT from Lithuanian, Japan, and the USA. The event was also attended by the Provincial Governor, and representatives of provincial administration, international and non-governmental organisations acting in Ghowr. Governor of Ghowr addressed the gathering and encouraged provincial women to assume a more active role in family education activity, and the entire provincial population - to ensure more possibilities for women to seek education. Governor also presented token gifts for several tens of provincial women for participation in social economic and cultural life of the community. Representative of Department of Women's Affairs of Ghowr expressed gratitude for female personnel of PRT-10 for permanent attention and cooperation with the Department in matters related to women's affairs. They were presented with traditional suites Afghan women wear. In joint events with Department of Women's Affairs PRT is represented by civilian and military women members to express respect for local traditions and customs. Lithuanian-led PRT headquartered in Chaghcharan, the capital city of Ghowr, took up responsibility for security in the province in June 2005. PRT is a joint military-civilian mission operating under International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).Its main task is to help Afghan Central Government extend its authority in the province, and to ensure security and environment for civilian activities. Together with around 150 of Lithuanian military and civilian personnel representatives of Denmark, Georgia, Japan, the USA, Croatia, Romania, and Ukraine, including Lithuanian Special Mission, United States Department of Defence, and USAID, work in Ghowr. PRT-10 currently providing security in Ghowr is formed on the basis of the 1st Territorial Unit of the NDVF Dainava Military District.
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Laima Zdanytė from Griežiai Village (Klaipėda Region) is a member of the Lithuanian-led Chaghcharan PRT-8, Afghanistan. Lietuvos vadovaujamoje Afganistano Goro provincijos atkūrimo grupėje tarnauja klaipėdiškė Laima Zdanytė, gyvenanti Klaipėdos rajono Griežių kaime. Laima is a Corporal in the National Defence Volunteer Force. In the mission she undertook a slightly surprising duties - as for a woman - of an assistant machine-gunner. „There are no male and female jobs in the army, just soldiers' duty. Armed Forces is not the right place for those who look for an easer way", told the soldier about her duties in the mission including protecting the compound, escorting military and civilian members of the PRT to town, and patrolling. „One of the most pleasant moments in the mission for me is after a long night-watch waiting for the sun to finally rise showering in pink colour mountains opposite the camp. Even though night-watch is tiring, I love watching the night sky - a really special spectacle in these places: on a clear night there are so many stars in the sky they seem dense, and you can often see tem fall. They say that here, in Afghanistan, we are nearer the stars by two kilometres than we are back home, in Lithuania ", told Laima. This is the second Laima's deployment on an international mission. Three years ago she took part in NATO KFOR operation in Kosovo. „In Kosovo my duty range was slightly different - I used to be sent to patrol in the responsibility area more often while in Afghanistan my main tasks are in the compound area. Our camp in Kosovo was larger, there were more people taking part in the operation, and there were shops, cafés, and more opportunities to spend your leisure time. It is different here, in Afghanistan, however, I am satisfied with living conditions: we have a good gym, and a club where you can drop in for some karaoke-singing and hang out with friends. So I might generalise that more communication here induces warmer and closer relations between peacekeepers ", told Laima. Laima has been a part of the National Defence Volunteer Force since 2006. Her favourite spare time activities are fishing and singing. Excellent voice of the soldier adorns every celebration in the PRT compound. Lithuanian-led Chaghcharan PRT is a joint military-civilian mission of Lithuania operating under the NATO's International Security Assistance Force. Lithuania sent the first rotation of Chaghcharan PRT to Afghanistan in June 2005. Provincial Reconstruction Team is responsible for helping Central Government of Afghanistan extend its authority in the province, ensuring security and creating environment for provincial reconstruction. Currently the eight rotation of Chaghcharan PRT provides security in Ghowr. The rotation is mainly comprised of members of Zemaiciai Military District 3rd Territorial Unit of the Lithuanian National Defence Volunteer Force. It is a second rotation staffed mostly of the National Defence Volunteer Forces members. Lithuanian-led PRT comprises Danish, Croatian, American, Ukrainian and Georgian military next to Lithuanian personnel.
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