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Latest items for EWCMS-LAW-1

Jan. 6, 2022, 12:09 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1

"Women are allowed to serve in the military" (1).
Jan. 5, 2022, 3:56 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1

"Mothers are not barred from joining the force. However, there's an age limit that can prevent women over 35 to join as non-commissioned police" (1).
Nov. 30, 2021, 2:33 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1

"Despite greater inclusion of women in the IDF in recent years, including in combat roles and senior leadership positions, on April 14, the IDF stopped allowing women to serve in combat positions in the Armored Corps, citing economic and logistical reasons" (36).
Nov. 18, 2021, 10:13 a.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1

"Even as the country tries to recruit more women amid a shortage of male conscripts" (Para 2).
Oct. 4, 2021, 9:10 a.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1

"In 2018 the Supreme Court ruled that 20 percent of vacancies for the military services must be filled by Afro-Brazilians, either men or women" (24).
July 21, 2021, 11:03 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1

"Women in Saudi Arabia are now able to join the military as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman continues his efforts to modernise the kingdom. Military roles in the army, air force, navy, missile force and armed medical services will now be open to women. They will be able to join at any rank between soldier and sergeant if they are aged between 21 and 40 and have no criminal convictions. Women must also not marry a non Saudi citizen and have to possess a high school education to be eligible to sign up" (Para 1-4).
July 20, 2021, 11:42 a.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1, EWCMS-DATA-1

"There were 20 female Vietnamese service women, accounting for 10% of the army, who participated in 2 contents... at the 2020 army games" (para 1).
July 19, 2021, 1:16 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1

"On July 14, the 3rd Military Region organized the Women's Congress for the term 2021-2026. This is a congress directed by the General Department of Politics to draw on women’s experiences for the benefit of units throughout the army" (para 1). "Women's work and the Women's Movement of the armed forces’ Military Zone 3 are implemented comprehensively and with a focus" (para 2). "Comrade Deputy Director of the General Department of Politics requested: in the coming time, in order for the work of women and the women's movement of the armed forces’ military zone 3 to increasingly spread" (para 4). "[T]he emulation movement [is:] 'Brave Women of the Army -...more
July 19, 2021, 11:58 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1

"Women have been permitted to join the Swiss army since 2004, performing exactly the same duties as men but under conditions involving uncomfortable underwear, as well as accommodation deemed unsuitable for women, according to a federal report looking at women in Switzerland's military"(para 14).
June 9, 2021, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1

"Moreover, women soldiers to be were guaranteed the possibility of continuing their education in case of it being interrupted due to pregnancy, confinement or maternal obligations. The Act of 11 September 2003 on the military service of professional soldiers (Dz. U. of 2010, No 90, item 593, as amended) also introduced legal regulations allowing a woman to return to the military academy after interrupting education due to pregnancy, confinement and maternal duties" (40). "Furthermore, the Act of 11 September 2003 on military service of professional soldiers was amended so as to enable women access to service posts in the professional private corps" (54).
April 26, 2021, 11:49 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1

"...the status and progress of female military personnel are covered by the same provisions for the male staff: Decree of the Minister of Defense, 4 April 2000 No. 114, lays down, “Regulation on the suitability of military service and list of defects and diseases that cause unfit for military service; Law of 25 January 2006, No. 29 (Community Law 2005), of which Article 26 makes changes to Act No. 380/1999 by stating that the Minister of Defense may provide military personnel limitations to the recruitment of women only in the presence of motivated requirements linked to the functionality of specific roles, bodies, categories, specialties and specializations of each Force if,...more
Feb. 17, 2021, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1

“A study of 74 cases of rape or attempted rape registered at the Shadman female police station in Lahore during 1995 and 2008 reveal the ugly consequences of inadequate legal frameworks in Pakistan” (para 9).
Dec. 31, 2020, 2:14 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1

"The year was 1983 and we were the first women to be admitted to Sandhurst, the elite Royal Military Academy where all officers in the British Army receive their initial training" (para 3).
Dec. 30, 2020, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Mauritania
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1

“The website of the Mauritanian National Army states that, pursuant to Article 7 of Act No. 62.132 of 1962, army recruitment conditions are the following: [translation] Any Mauritanian can join the Mauritanian army under articles 13, 14, 15, 17 and 18 of Act No. 61.112 dated 12 June 1961 (the Mauritanian Nationality Code) if they meet the following conditions: Minimum of 16 years old, Not married, Physically fit, Never been sentenced, Obtained consent of parent(s)/guardian(s) or, in their absence, Previously obtained permission from the Ministry of Defence, for youth under 18 years old.”
Dec. 30, 2020, 1:39 p.m.
Countries: Malta
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1

According to the Armed Forces of Malta website, both men and women are eligible to become soldiers.
Dec. 30, 2020, 1:37 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1

“Women also serve in the [Uzbekistani] military. Although they are not drafted, they may sign up as professional (contract) troops in non-combat units.”
Dec. 30, 2020, 1:34 p.m.
Countries: Trinidad/Tobago
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1

“The Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) integrated women into its ranks for the first time on July 1, 1980.”
Dec. 30, 2020, 1:30 p.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1

“Togolese parliament has passed a law that would allow women to join the military service.”
Dec. 30, 2020, 1:28 p.m.
Countries: Swaziland
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1

According to the CIA World Factbook, both men and women can serve in the Umbutfo Eswatini Defense Force voluntarily from age 18 to 30.
Dec. 30, 2020, 1:26 p.m.
Countries: Suriname
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1

“"Women in Suriname's military are restricted from holding any job where certain strength is needed, such as infantry, maintenance, heavy equipment operators and truck drivers," said 1st Lt. Gwendoline Babel, human resource officer for Suriname's deputy director. "Women are also not deployed."”
Dec. 30, 2020, 1:20 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1

“Recruitment centres started their activities in 2003. Women were joining the [Slovakian] Armed Forces in 4 terms (January, April, July, October) when they started nine months of basic military service with one-month initial training. They were appointed to professional positions after 3 or 9 months of service. It was first time when women started professional soldiers career in Private and Private First Class ranks.”
Dec. 30, 2020, 1:07 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1

“Currently there are no females in the combat units [in Papua New Guinea.]”
Dec. 30, 2020, 1:04 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1

“In a major policy reversal, the Nigerian military is set to end the admission of female cadets into the combatant course of the Nigerian Defence Academy.”
Dec. 30, 2020, 1 p.m.
Countries: Mongolia
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1

According to the CIA World Factbook, only men are conscripted into the Mongolian armed forces.
Dec. 30, 2020, 12:57 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1

“The [Malaysian] army is open to the idea of recruiting women into the elite commando unit but more research is required.”
Dec. 30, 2020, 12:55 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1

“Women [in Malaysia] are not part of direct combat roles but we are very much involved in policy-making and combat support and services. Men and women are considered equals in the military. As long as you wear the uniform, we do not differentiate by gender.”
Dec. 30, 2020, 12:52 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1

According to the CIA World Factbook, women in Lesotho serve as commissioned officers.
Dec. 30, 2020, 12:51 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1

“The Commander of the Lesotho Defence Force in March 2016 issued a Standing Order to the effect that any female soldiers with less than 5 years’ service who got pregnant willfully or negligently would be discharged from the force.”
Dec. 30, 2020, 12:48 p.m.
Countries: Latvia
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1

“All Latvian male citizens shall carry out mandatory military service in accordance with the procedures specified by this Law . . . On voluntary basis, the mandatory military service may also be carried out by female citizens of Latvia (Latvia 25 Nov. 2004).”
Dec. 30, 2020, 12:18 p.m.
Countries: Latvia
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1

“Women [in Latvia] are accepted in the professional service from 19 years of age, provided they comply with the health, education, professional and physical fitness and state language law requirements and possess required moral and psychological qualities.”