Ministry of Defence brings in programme to tackle abuse of women in UK’s armed forces

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October 21, 2022

This week marked the anniversary of the recommendations made by Rt. Hon. Sarah Atherton MP in her report ‘Protecting Those Who Protect Us: Women in the Armed Forces from Recruitment to Civilian Life’.  A year on, the MOD reported that they have acted on her recommendations to tackle unacceptable sexual behaviour and improve the experience for women in the UK’s armed forces.

In addition to measures recently put in place to deal with incidents of sexual abuse and harassment, the MOD reports it is now putting in place a programme of work that includes a target of 30% women recruits, improved training, transformation of the Service Complaints system, and establishment of the Defence Serious Crime Unit at HQ.  It also includes delivery of improvements to uniform and equipment and the Service Women’s Health Improvement Sprint.

For the full story please go to: Defence demonstrates significant progress made for women in the Armed Forces - GOV.UK (

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