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Sexual Assault in Canadian Military

June 28, 2017

December 5, 2016: More than a quarter of women in Canada's military have been the victims of  sexual assault according to results of a recent survey.  The survey was commissioned by the armed forces and followed a scathing 2015 report that found that the culture of the military was “hostile to women and L.G.T.B.Q. members and conducive to more serious incidents” involving sexual harassment and assault. See the story:  Women in Canadian Military Report Widespread Sexual Assault ( New York Times) In related news, a former military officer from Nova Scotia says she hopes that a proposed class action lawsuit will eradicate gender-based discrimination in the Canadian Armed Forces. See story:  Woman from Yarmouth Leads Proposed Lawsuit Against Canadian Military (CBC)

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Sarah Zorn Finishes Tenure as First Female Commander at U.S. Military Academy, the Citadel

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May 20, 2019

May 20, 2019: The Citadel, the military academy which was forced to admit women after a 1995 Supreme Court ruling, selected it's first female regimental commander last year. Sarah Zorn's time as the first woman to lead 2,400 cadets is documented in a photo essay by Alyssa Schukar. Women now make up 10% of the student body.See more: I Serve as a Stepping Stone (nytimes.com)

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A Cultural Shift Is Helping Keep Talented Mothers in the U.S. Navy

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May 16, 2019

May 15, 2019: Lt. Cmdr. Karen Sankes-Ritland never imagined life outside the military.But more than a decade into her career, the strains of family life and a dual-military household were taking a toll. Something had to change. She needed a break. But she didn't want to leave the Navy. So after her fourth child's arrival in 2016, she took advantage of a program that lets enlisted sailors and officers take a sabbatical. For a year, she was a stay-at-home mom.

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Blue Helmets: Model for Global Partnership

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May 14, 2019

May 13, 2019: Retno LP Marsudi, Foreign Minister of Indonesia, delivered a speech touching upon the importance of female peacekeepers on May 7 at the United Nations Security Council. Minister Marsudi noted that "investing in women equals investing in peace. Female peacekeepers are more effective in winning the hearts and minds of local populations;providing comfort for those traumatized by conflicts.

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