Atherton, a former soldier herself, said the committee heard stories of the “worrisome condition” of women in the military. He said the existing complaint system is not ‘adequate’.
Women face discrimination in the British Army (symbolic photo)
During their careers in the UK military, 64 percent of former and 58 percent of current women soldiers have experienced harassment, harassment and discrimination. This has been said in a new parliamentary report presented on Sunday. The Defense Sub-Committee on Women in the Armed Forces of the House of Commons in its report ‘Protecting Dos Who Protect Us: Women in the Armed Forces from Recruitment to Civilian Life’ stated that the Ministry of Defense (MoD) and the military services “female personnel”. have failed to help them defend and perform to their full potential.”
Of the majority of serving and ex-women surveyed, around 90 per cent suggested a career in the military. And more than 3,000 (about 84 percent) reported that women soldiers face additional challenges than their male counterparts. “Women are an integral part of the success of our military and the security of our country, yet women in the armed forces carry an additional burden compared to their male colleagues,” said Conservative Party MP Sarah Atherton, who chaired the subcommittee.
Existing complaint system not enough
He said, “Women have to face hurdles in promotion. They face issues like caring for families and children, molesting, inappropriate behavior. Returning to normal life, ex-women soldiers face specific challenges and have specific needs, which are different from those of ex-male soldiers.”
Atherton, a former soldier herself, said the committee heard stories of the “worrisome condition” of women in the military. These include stories of threats, harassment, discrimination, indecent behavior, and sometimes serious sexual assault and rape. “The existing complaint system is not adequate. This does not help the victims to come forward.
Curtain put on complaints to save career
He said that we also heard that to save the reputation and career of senior officers, the complaints against them were covered up. It is clear that, often, women soldiers were let down by the command.” The sub-committee recommended that the Ministry of Defense create a special defense authority to deal with complaints of eve-teasing, harassment and discrimination and that the Service Grievances Ombudsman be provided with better resources and its decisions be binding.
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