The importance of the effective utilization of women at arms
Kabanenko, Iryna I.
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Throughout history, humanity has perceived the military to be the domain of men. The reality is that this is a superficial perspective. Though the majority of combatants have always been male, there are numerous examples of women who have fought alongside, and even led, these men. Moreover, the female population has often been forced to endure some of the worst effects of war. As society has evolved toward democracy and embraced liberal values, the military world has increasingly been expected to align itself with principles of gender equality and protection of human rights. This need was recognized by the world community in 2000 when the United Nations passed UNSCR 1325, ensuring that women would become greater participants in conflict resolution. In the years since, NATO has also worked to encourage more female presence in its own ranks. This thesis studies the potential benefits to Ukraine’s armed forces that can be gained by increased female participation. To achieve this understanding, a thorough study of Civil-Military Relations and gender issues is conducted, along with an analysis of UN and NATO experiences in their respective attempts to boost the role of women in conflict zones. Finally, the current situation of servicewomen in Ukraine’s own armed forces is scrutinized in order to make recommendations for future policy.
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