A welcome inclusion in the UK Queen’s Speech
21 June 2017: At the State Opening of Parliament, the Queen announced in the Government’s programme of activity, an Armed Forces Bill which: ‘provides service personnel with "modern, flexible" opportunities to serve their country in a way that allows them to balance their family responsibilities and that better suits their lifestyle aspirations and circumstances, including forms of part-time service’.
This is a move to bring the UK National Defence Force into the 21st century and establish better working arrangements which are particularly attractive and beneficial to women. It is hoped that this will encourage more women to seek careers within the armed forces and peacekeeping operations.
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Stalled Security Council Resolution Adopted, Backing UN’s Global Humanitarian Ceasefire Call
UN Secretary-General António Guterres first appealed for a global ceasefire on 23 March in order to combat the coronavirus pandemic that has already claimed more than half a million lives. Security Women supported the UN Sec General’s call for a global ceasefire and we welcome the news that the UN Security Council has now passed a resolution supporting this.
The Army Is About to Get its First Female Green Beret
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Chief Master Sgt. JoAnne S. Bass named 19th Chief Master Sergeant of the U.S. Air Force
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