- Tuesday, February 04, 2014 1:50 PM
Skopje, 4 February 2014 (MIA) - By integrating women into the military, the public opinion about the army as an institution waging wars could be changed into a perception of an organization focused on building peace and security, Defense Minister Talat Xhaferi said at Tuesday's presentation of a study on the position of women in the armed forces in the Western Balkans.
"In addition to the fact that a headway has been made in this field, the ministries and armed forces are still facing an array of challenges on which we will pay special attention to overcome them in the coming period," noted Xhaferi.
He stated the study would serve as a foundation in reaching decisions related to the full implementation of postulates stemming from the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on strengthening the role of women in armed forces.
Speaking at the event, acting UNDP Resident Representative Alessandro Fracassetti said the study would contribute to breaking the stereotype that the military was exclusively a men's profession.
"This has proven to be inaccurate. In 2012 women had been far more successful in military trainings," he stated.
4.01% of women are engaged in the Macedonian Land Forces and 4.89% in air force and artillery. Women are mostly represented in the remaining services of the armed forces, such as civilians in military service, medical personnel, administrative staff, military police and reservists. ba/13:49
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