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Role of Women in Armed Forces

Role of Women in Armed Forces

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Women has always been identified as playing second fiddle to men but with the passing time, women are being highlighted and have been given substantial roles to play in the society. Though, India has witnessed many exceptional incidents where women have proved their strength and indomitable courage. Be it Rani Laxmi bai herself or the women regiment on her name, in Azad Hind Fauj of Subash Chandra Bose.

Even today, we have seen a lot of change but still it needs to go a long way particularly in armed forces where even today women are just five percent of the whole, and the minimum is in Indian Army among the three forces.

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Decision of Supreme Court in 2020 was a historical verdict to grant permanent commission to women in all the three armed forces gave a major push to women empowerment and gender parity. Roles of women have changed a lot in armed forces, beginning just from medical services to actually getting into certain combat roles. However, Women are still not allowed in Infantry and Armored Corps.

Importance of Women in Armed Forces

  • End to gender inequality  – With the women getting into every role in armed forces, it will help the women to attain the equivalent status. As long as an applicant is qualified for a position, one’s gender is insignificant to the position.
  • Military readiness – Mixed gender in armed forces helps in strengthening the power and there is a need of deserving candidates in the forces as there are many vacant seats which needs to be filled.
  • Meeting with the global standards – As we know developed countries like US and UK and many others have allowed women in armed forces a long time back and they were appreciated worldwide to promote gender equality. India also needs to set an example by letting the women of the country to get the desired opportunity.
  • Modernizing the society – With the modernization of everything, we also need the change in the system, In the era of cyber warfare and digitally equipped weapons we need the smart brains and talent, irrespective of the gender. It will not just help in bolstering the strength of armed forces but also to give society a path to think beyond the patriarchal mindset.

Role of Women in Armed Forces: Way Forward

Change always comes with the risk but so does the development and reforms. So it’s important to understand the need of change at certain areas and give the women her deserving chance to grab the opportunity in every role. From ground level to the highest position, a change in mindset is also needed where women could be seen through the lenses of their roles and position, rather than judging them on the basis of some preconceived notions based on gender. Even going through constitutional means, women need to be given their right of choosing their own career path in order to let them achieve their full potential. We need to work upon a roadmap that entails societal changes, acceptance and inclusiveness of women in all spheres of life.

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