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Nov 24, 2022

MFO COP27 Visits

Over the month of November 2022, youths, dignitaries, and Heads of State from all over the world visited Sharm El Sheikh to attend the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27). During this time, many representatives from MFO Troop Contributing and Donor States took the opportunity to visit us in the Sinai.

Nov 14, 2022

MFO Remembrance Events 2022

MFO Sinai members participated in a series of solemn commemoration events at South and North Camp, and in Egypt and Israel, to honor and remember the Fallen who gave their lives in service for their countries and in support of peace.

Nov 11, 2022

Remembrance Day 2022, Rome Wreath Laying

On Remembrance Day, to honor service members who lost their lives in duty to their countries, MFO Director General Elizabeth L. Dibble laid a wreath at the Rome Commonwealth Cemetery in their memory.  The event was hosted by Lord Edward Llewellyn OBE, the British Ambassador to Italy and San Marino and was attended by representatives from MFO Supporting States Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, and the United States.

Nov 10, 2022

Albania Signs Participation Agreement with MFO

 

On 8 November 2022, Albanian Defence Minister Niko Peleshi and MFO Director General Elizabeth L. Dibble signed a participation agreement to provide military personnel in support of the MFO mission.

Oct 18, 2022

DG Award Presented to Mr. Chen

On 16 October 2022, Mr. Andy Chen was presented with the Director General’s Award by Ms. Elizabeth Dibble during her orientation visit to MFO Sinai. It is the highest honor presented to MFO Members.

Oct 12, 2022

NZ Minister of Defence Visit

Over the period 7 to 9 October 2022, the New Zealand Minister of Defence, the Honourable Peeni Henare, escorted by Rear Admiral James Gilmour (Commander Joint Forces New Zealand) and Mr. Greg Lewis (New Zealand Ambassador to Egypt), visited the MFO in Sinai with stops at South Camp, North Camp, and Remote Site 2. Following his visit, he met with the MFO’s Director General, Elizabeth Dibble, in Cairo along with her Representative, Mr. Bradley Lynch.

Oct 4, 2022

MFO Spotlight: International Staff in Sinai

The MFO speaks with Ms. Doris Meliwane, a member of our international staff at South Camp, about her work with the MFO as a Vehicle Maintenance Foreman and the opportunities for women to engage in trade jobs.

Aug 17, 2022

Japanese IPC Visit to MFO

From 6 to 12 August 2022, the MFO had the pleasure of hosting a delegation from the Japanese International Peace Cooperation (IPC) Headquarters and the Ministry of Defense. Led by Ms. Michiko Miyano, the Director of the IPC, the delegation visited the MFO’s South Camp in Sinai, our Director General’s Representative in Israel, and the MFO’s Headquarters in Rome.

Aug 12, 2022

Fiji’s President Visits MFO Sinai

The Multinational Force and Observers in Sinai was honored to welcome the President of the Republic of Fiji, His Excellency Ratu Wiliame Katonivere, to the MFO’s South Camp from 8 to 11 August 2022. The President was accompanied by the First Lady, Her Excellency Vilomena Kumete Katonivere, the Fijian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Ambassador Katonitabua, and Major General Kalouniwai, the Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces.

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Jul 18, 2022

MFO Women’s Mentorship Program

 

When the MFO's Women’s Mentorship Program hosted its first meeting on December 13th, 2021, six members attended. Eight months on, participation has grown to an average of 25 MFO members per meeting.

Captain Noella Rogers, a military police officer and member of the U.S. contingent, founded the program with a clear vision, “women’s mentorship provides a place for women to develop as leaders, enables community problem-solving, and fosters fellowship throughout the MFO,” she says.

 

MFO military members from Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Fiji, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, the United States, and Uruguay, and MFO civilian employees regularly attend the biweekly meetings.

 

“Our group’s diversity brings unique insights and reminds us we are a community,” explains Captain Rogers, “we acknowledge the shared challenges we may have experienced in our careers, focus on overcoming them, and make the most of the opportunities that present themselves at the MFO.”

 

She adds that inclusion is one of the founding principles, “every contingent - women and men, military and civilian alike – all are welcome. Many of us experienced not having a seat at the table, so we ensure everyone has a seat at ours.”

 

A typical meeting involves discussions on a specific skill or challenge combined with a practical exercise and ends with a historical vignette highlighting the contributions of women in the military, or other fields.

 

Additionally, guest speakers are regularly invited to present. Recently, the program held a mindfulness workshop as well as a presentation on all-female Special Forces units in Norway. Currently, members are examining lessons from the book How Women Rise by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith, with discussions focused on communication and organizational leadership.