Bias in the military

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There has been different types of bias, but in the midst of them all I feel the most important and frequent one is bias in the military. Why you may ask, I mean take a look at it, the same way women are not allowed to participate in politics in 75% of the world is the same way we hardly find women holding military positions arround the world. You may also ask, how sure am I? Well, I have been studying and researching this topic for weeks and I have come to know that women in the military want their jobs to be like anyother job where opportunities are open to both men and women. Based on research, women have laid complaints on being "kept out of doing things that they are capable of doing because of their gender". This statement was made when women were no longer allowed to take front-line positions. One of the major reasons cited for why women can't serve in some roles is particularly the worry about women being subject to sexual crimes. And unfortunately, these worries are still all too well-founded. But in the midst of all these, women are still serving their country.

My question for you today: What do you think is the reason for why women are restricted from certain positions in the military? Do you think most women are discouraged from joining the military because of that reason?

Comments (78)

  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
    17 Mar 2022

    A good new discussion starter and well done for researching. Can you share a couple of facts you found and say what you think about them?

  • British Council.jpg responsible_flight | Pentecost School Madina | Ghana
    17 Mar 2022

    Hello this is responsible_flight
    The answer to your question is some men think that woman are weak when it comes to specific roles but I think women might be better if they work hard for it

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      responsible_flight's comment 19 Mar 2022

      That's right, women have proven that they can lead in many areas, and they have been role models in taking responsibility. Eg taking care of her family and children, and this is not easy.

  • British Council.jpg intuitive_dinosaur | Pentecost School Madina | Ghana
    17 Mar 2022

    On my opinion I feel people think women are weak and not strong enough to carry out a position on the military but women should not be judge by the way they look

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      intuitive_dinosaur's comment 21 Mar 2022

      Yes, you are right, she is strong enough to drive

    2. British Council.jpg quick_banana | Makini Academy | Kenya
      intuitive_dinosaur's comment 21 Mar 2022

      I agree with you as well . this is a serious matter that women are judged by the way the look as they say the beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  • British Council.jpg sincere_spring | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    17 Mar 2022

    There are many facts to talk about but one caught my attention the most and that is women trying to marginalize by gaining respect in male-dominant cultures. I have been given the privilege to speak to some women who have joined the military. I asked one of them to describe the type of reactions they get when they let people know that they are part of the military and she said "I could be having a casual and quiet discussion with someone and once I tell them that I am in the military, they act so surprised and their tone becomes shaky, some people have even told me that I would not get a spouse because no man will marry a woman who plays the role of a man". I became confused and when I asked her to expanciate, she said many people believe that women who join the military are just trying to gain respect. I sincerely feel nobody(no gender) should be misjudged for doing what they do. No occupation was made with a restriction so every one should be allowed to do what they want without being judged.

    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      sincere_spring's comment 17 Mar 2022

      Well done for having a conversation about gender inequality away from the Hub - and well done again for sharing what you heard. I was very interested to read about what the soldier you spoke to said. Conversations like this where you hear from different perspectives are very important. Can you say why?

      1. British Council.jpg sincere_spring | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
        Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 18 Mar 2022

        It is important to hear conversations from different perspectives because more than person one can feel different about a particular a thing. The fact that someone likes something does not mean that another person will like that same thing. So relying on one perspective can be really dangerous most especially if it is the wrong.

    2. British Council.jpg strong_bird | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      sincere_spring's comment 19 Mar 2022

      That's great my dear 💝💝

    3. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      sincere_spring's comment 21 Mar 2022

      Perhaps it is because of the limited view of the importance of women and that she is a weak being

  • British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    17 Mar 2022

    In any society, a diverse and widely accepted order allows societies to develop and since the opposite is anarchy, we are all trained from birth to believe that obedience to authority is right. Notions such as obedience and loyalty to legitimate government are presented as valuable as in schools, law, the military, and political systems. The strength of the bias for obedience to legitimate authority lies in socialization practices that aim to inculcate in people the perception that such obedience constitutes proper behaviour. Societies differ in this dimension.

  • British Council.jpg victorious_wilddog | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    17 Mar 2022

    This is a personal experience.
    I want to be a forensic scientist working for the FBI or military and so many people said to me you can not be in the military just find something that is easy going because the military is meant for the stronger gender, but I never gave up and I told my parents about my dreams are coming to pass. So the moment they say you can not be in the military just remain determined and you will make it.

    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      victorious_wilddog's comment 17 Mar 2022

      It's great to hear that you have that dream, victorious_wilddog! What could you say in response when someone says that you are not the "stronger gender"? And importantly, what do you need to do next to achieve your dream of becoming a forensic scientist?

      1. British Council.jpg victorious_wilddog | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
        Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 18 Mar 2022

        Giving a response (saying something) would not be worth it, I personally will let the person finish talking then i will walk away, no saying anything sometimes says a lot.

    2. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      victorious_wilddog's comment 19 Mar 2022

      This is a strong example that we can reach our goals with determination and not listen to those who try to underestimate our capabilities

    3. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      victorious_wilddog's comment 22 Mar 2022

      Why not that persistence leads to impressive results and a person reaches his goal despite any obstacles

      1. British Council.jpg fabulous_flight | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
        willing_imagination's comment 22 Mar 2022

        Without obstacles, there would be no success

        1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
          fabulous_flight's comment 23 Mar 2022

          Yes, it is true, we learn from situations and challenge the difficult to reach the goal

  • British Council.jpg strong_bird | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    17 Mar 2022

    Hello, I would like to answer the question, and the answer to your question is: There are analyzes. The first analysis is the moral weakness of women and their lack of confidence in themselves, and there are false instructions and beliefs towards women.
    As for the second analysis: he who is responsible for her may be biased or fanatic, her husband, son, brother, or even her father, and this causes her eternal destruction.
    Thank you 💕💕

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      strong_bird's comment 22 Mar 2022

      I think that women have gained self-confidence, but the lack of support from the husband, father, son and brother has a more role in that

      1. British Council.jpg strong_bird | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
        willing_imagination's comment 22 Mar 2022

        Hello my dear, I agree with you, but if it is biased and unsupportive, will we still hope that the answer will support us No, it is better that we support each other and the girl herself should not lose confidence in herself and she should be strong, patient and serious, and this will raise her aunt and her morale and we will not be satisfied that this happens This is for any of us, I consider you all my sisters
        Therefore, I volunteer to do what I can to live up to your expectations
        And you, my dear ones, should publish the link to this site in order to confront this issue together, small and large.
        My question is: Is it possible to find a biased person who monitors women's work and claims to support women, but is actually biased?
        Thank you ❤️❤️

        1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
          strong_bird's comment 22 Mar 2022

          Yes, it is true that we need determination, will and coherence to confront any bias and to be supportive of each other

  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    18 Mar 2022

    I think that the reason behind preventing women from taking up certain positions in the army is because some societies think that because they are female and they are not fit as soldiers because they are weak in structure and not fit for planning because their minds are imperfect and their natural places in the home and raising children, but all of this is wrong. Women have the same rights as men and their right to participate In the army and occupying leadership positions, women are equal to men, so we all have to support oppressed women!

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      appreciative_pear's comment 22 Mar 2022

      I think that if she receives proper training, she can compete with men in physical strength

  • British Council.jpg victorious_wilddog | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    18 Mar 2022

    So I have a reason for picking forensic science and that is because that is the only legal way to express my dislike for crime and the fact that people in high places can kill innocent people and no one says a thing about it. So that person that said i was the weaker gender is the least of my problems, I have a vision, a plan and i see the world in so many ways better than it is right now , I need to keep my head in the game and ignore pointless remarks from people, I need to read hard so I can change my would and the one after me.

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      victorious_wilddog's comment 22 Mar 2022

      I think that the owner of power always finds someone who justifies his work or finds an outlet to escape from, because of his position, without being held accountable for anything.

  • British Council.jpg victorious_sparrow | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    18 Mar 2022

    Thanks for your nice post

  • British Council.jpg fabulous_flight | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    18 Mar 2022

    I think that the reason behind preventing women from taking up certain positions in the army is the weakness of her personality and that she cannot bear what wars leave because of her strong feelings and fear of what she sees in war.

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      fabulous_flight's comment 22 Mar 2022

      Perhaps some women have this, but the rest can participate in battles in the field.

  • British Council.jpg fantastic_fossil | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    19 Mar 2022

    What I have noticed in my research is that in the military though we have women who are actually part of the force we never here of a woman with a high rank, we have positions like generals, colonels, even the captain, is it that in the military women are not allowed to be in command of the men or is it that they have never been deemed fit enough to be in such high positions.
    We hear of great military rulers commanders and soldiers but how many of them were women even the most terrible rulers none were women, is it that in the military women are not recognized? or are their own agenda hidden?

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      fantastic_fossil's comment 22 Mar 2022

      Yes, it is true that everyone who has absolute power is a man, not a woman

  • British Council.jpg motivated_camel | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    19 Mar 2022

    From the post and the comments above, I have understood that the main motive for women being discriminated against in the military is the perception that the military is a mans field. This then got me thinking, do women still face biases even in jobs that are not perceived as "for men"? After some research, the answer to this question is yes. I did a little survey among the members of three classes in my school and realized that hardly anyone considers music a mans or a woman's field and yet bias can still be found in the music industry; (only one example out of the plethora that exist in the world ).
    Music without a doubt is one of the most effective means of communication known to man. It provides a means by which people can share emotions, intentions, and meanings even though their spoken languages may be mutually incomprehensible. Something as beautiful as music should not be monopolized by only one gender and as such, both the male and the female genders should be equally be represented. The question left to answer is, how well are women represented in the music industry?
    A study carried out by Dr. Stacy .L. Smith showed that women make up only 21.7 percent of artists, 12.3 percent of songwriters and 2.1 percent of producers. This is disappointingly low as compared to their male counterparts. What then is the reason for this underrepresentation. The study by Dr. Smith showed that the greatest hindrance to the growth of women in the music industry is how the music industry looks at women. In a press release, she said, "The perception of women is highly stereotypical, sexualized, and without skill. Until those core beliefs are altered, women will continue to face a roadblock as they navigate their careers." This observation is not limited to the music industry alone but evidently applies to many other job opportunities around the globe including the military.

    If the perception of women as "unreliable or weak" isn't changed, chances are the problem of gender inequality at work will never be completely solved. What do you think are the ways that the negative and untrue general perception of women can be changed?

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      motivated_camel's comment 21 Mar 2022

      It sounds like you've done some excellent research - both in your class and onthe internet! Can you summarise what you found out in just one sentence?

      1. British Council.jpg motivated_camel | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 22 Mar 2022

        From my small scale research, I've found that most individuals who are still in the primary and secondary school levels have less gender bias tendencies as compared to the lager part of older individuals(college and adults in general) thus, the future of gender equality in all fields mostly lies on the shoulders of the younger generation who have a more flexible mindset that can be molded into the right shape with little effort.

  • British Council.jpg strong_bird | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    19 Mar 2022

    That's great my dear 💝💝

  • British Council.jpg strong_bird | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    19 Mar 2022

    I respect all of your opinions 😍💙

  • British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
    19 Mar 2022

    Our president, here in Kenya, is trying to include women in gubernatorial positions including the military. Rachel Omamo was the former CS in the military and she was the best among the men who were there. Uhuru Kenyatta, our president is urging more women to be strong and confidently vie because they are not gender-based or they are not suitable for particular genders in society at large. In my way of thinking, women can make great leaders and if they become leaders this will make more women join military forces here in Kenya. I also think that gender inequality can be broken in the military by doing this action. BREAK THE BIAS.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      rational_grape's comment 21 Mar 2022

      Great example, rational_grape!

    2. British Council.jpg affable_atmosphere | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
      rational_grape's comment 23 Mar 2022

      That's very encouraging to note about Kenya.
      Here in Nigeria, it is very discouraging to note that no one cares or is worried about the fact that only 24 percent of women are in the military. The main reason why females are not in the military or are not encouraged to indulge in their selves in the military is because everyone thinks that the female gender can not produce any thing tangible or cannot protect the country.
      I refuse to stand with those who have stereotyped women not to be physically strong in protecting the country and I believe that change is the only way forward.👮‍♂️👮‍♂️👮‍♂️

    3. British Council.jpg generous_lychee | Makini Academy | Kenya
      rational_grape's comment 24 Mar 2022

      That is very true, some people are starting to take notice about this problem and are starting to solve it we should be among those people.

  • British Council.jpg shy_land | Ashrafiyieh Prep Girls 1 | Jordan
    19 Mar 2022

    I think the reason is to judge women as ineligible (a pre-emptive ban on their rights without providing opportunities and allowing experiment)

  • British Council.jpg responsible_cymbals | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    22 Mar 2022

    I think women are restricted from joining the military because some people think that they are not fit or because people think they are weak and that they wouldn't be able to handle the stress, pressures, injuries, and many other problems that come with the job. But regardless of this, there are still some female civilians and militray personnel that stood out in my country, Nigeria. An example of a female civilian is Komi Kaje who is fighting the Boko-Haram in her own way after they killed two important people in her life. Also, Tolulope Arotile though she is late, she is remembered to be the first female combat officer and she achieved a lot before her death.
    Women should not be discouraged. Do what you like do well and do it to the best, even it is fighting for your country do it because if he or she dies in the process they would be regarded as heroes. This means regardless of your gender i.e being a male or a female do not let people discourage you i.e saying you are fat or weak or anything. It is an honour to fight for your country

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      responsible_cymbals's comment 22 Mar 2022

      Thank you for sharing these examples, responsible_cymbals. Can you tell us more about what Komi Kaje is doing?

      1. British Council.jpg responsible_cymbals | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 23 Mar 2022

        Komi Kaje is a Nigerian from Borno State. Borno is famous in Nigeria for its insurgencies and attacks from a terrorist group the call Boko-Haram Fighters. In November 2015, Komi Akaji, her 46-year-old brother, was shot dead by Boko Haram fighters. "There were seven students killed. When I got there, I saw he was shot twice in the head," Kaje said. She was broken but was comforted by her 35 years old boyfriend Peter Adam. On a Saturday afternoon, during the days of mourning as tradition demands, Boko-Haram Fighters attacked, and in the process, they shot her boyfriend in his chest and head and he fell inside a ditch. So, she lost two of her loved ones in two days.
        Her parents took her to Abuja (the Capital Of Nigeria), to recover from the shock of the event. They believed taking her to a new and safe environment would make her recover from the shock of the event. But Kaje realized the solution wasn't to run, "because Boko Haram was everywhere". She believed that if she joined the fight against Boko-Haram Fighters it might take her to recover. Boko Haram since 2009 has killed more than 27 000 people and forced another two million out of their homes and also during that period they had many cities and villages in Borno under their control (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boko_Haram_insurgency).
        When Kaje introduced the idea of joining the fight against the insurgency to her friends and family, it was received with mockery and indifference. "How can a woman fight Boko Haram," she was told, nevertheless, one of her friends Idris Fati decided to join her.
        Kaje and Fati joined the Civilian Joint Taskforce (C-JTF) - a civilian militia drawn from communities impacted by Boko Haram - that partners with and supports the military in its operations. C-JTF had been an all-male force but there were tasks best-suited for women.
        Boko-Haram Fighters usually used women to do crimes. Between 2011-17, Boko Haram used female suicide bombers in at least 244 of its 338 attacks, according to the United States-based Combating Terrorism Centre. In 2018, 38 out of 48 children used by Boko Haram as suicide assailants were girls. This was a problem for the military personnel because due to some religious and cultural reasons they were constricted in searching women.
        "Boko Haram were using many women and girls to fight the war. Women were needed to counter that strategy," Kaje said. Since then the women search other females at security checkpoints leading to Maiduguri's markets, hospitals, schools, and other public sites vulnerable to attacks, and during the process, many suicide bombers have been exposed and arrested. In some cases, the military involves the women in intelligence-gathering on the armed group's activities. This has helped reveal operations by the armed group, earning them the nickname "Gossipers of Boko Haram".
        "Doing all this" Fati said (Kaje's friend), "Not everybody was happy, some of my neighbors have been insulting me saying that one-day Boko-Haram would kill me. But whenever I am involved in saving people’s lives, the joy of it is above all insults,”
        Doing this Komi Akaji and Idris Fati are taking risks because a lot of women who are involved in this have received threats and some were even killed in the process of checking and others, people were sent after them to kill them (https://www.news24.com/news24/africa/news/the-brave-women-fighting-boko-haram-in-nigeria-20190710, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civilian_Joint_Task_Force).
        This tells us that being a woman doesn't mean you can't change your neighbors, society, and even the world at large. You shouldn't be discouraged about what people tell you, just thrive to do your best. You can start by starting something small today and later you would be amazed by how far you have gone. Do your best at everything and make a difference.

  • British Council.jpg quickwitted_iceberg | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    22 Mar 2022

    Why stop a woman from joining the army if all she wants to do is help her country in what way she feels is the best? It begins with the problem of trying to "protect the women" because we feel that women are the "weaker gender". In my country, there is a popular expression, "What a man can do, a woman can do better." I believe so too and it will be a reality if only we give the women a chance to prove to the world that they are stronger than we think they are.

  • British Council.jpg tranquil_rock | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    22 Mar 2022

    Part of the reason that there is bias in the military is that women hardly hold any leadership position at all and this is also the case in may sectors and jobs. If women were actively involved in the leadership of the various organizations they work in, there would be a significant reduction in the level of conscious or unconscious bias at work. According to UN WOMEN, out of the 3.905 billion women in the world, there are only 13 counties that have a woman as their head of government and 10 countries have a woman as their head of state, this is a serious problem because women are being denied their right to have an input in the running and affairs of their state. in countries like Saudi Arabia women are not allowed to vote or even hold any public office and in countries like Uganda women are not legally barred from voting, but they are suppressed from voting through the use of violence.

    my questions are:

    1. Is it possible for this problem to be solved?

    2. Can we as individuals actually help to solve this problem?

    3. If women hold leadership positions will it contribute to solving the problem of gender bias at work?

  • British Council.jpg eager_statement | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    22 Mar 2022

    I have got to understand that men believe that women are naturally weak and they cannot handle seeing war or blood and death . From what I have heard, troops after war are meant to go for therapy because of the traumatic experiences they face during war. People believe that women can't go through war without being terribly affected. The truth however is that women are very much able to serve important roles in the military. It is also a well known fact that even men have conditions such as hemophobia. Stereotyping military roles to the males alone in a way gives justifies men who have violent tendencies and as such the mentality that the military is meant for men should be changed.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      eager_statement's comment 23 Mar 2022

      Do all men believe that women are naturally weak?

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        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 23 Mar 2022

        yes I believe so because if all men did not believe that females are weak then why aren't they joining us to fight for equality?

      2. British Council.jpg responsible_cymbals | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 24 Mar 2022

        No, I don't think all men, but most men believe that women are weak.
        I went around one-day asking people questions, trying to find out which sex is regarded to be weaker and why. After asking different questions to different random people, I discovered that a lot of people even women look at themselves as the weaker sex. And some peoples' reply was that: The men are the stronger because they are the ones who make sure that the family is safe, some say that because they are the breadwinners of the family and that is why they are called the head of the house or family. Some people also said that it is the men who do most of the tedious work, some said it is the men who take the most risks and the worst ones and that they take it because the women are too weak to handle it or that the women do not have the strength, strong and courageous minds as the men to do so that is why they regard men as the stronger ones.
        I also got some people who defended the female sex and these were their reasons: Some said that women are stronger because they have the patience and tolerance to not only carry a baby in their stomach but also to deliver them. Some also added that if they give the men the opportunity to carry the babies in their stomachs they would die or become impatient and do something stupid that might kill them or the baby or both. Some said that females are also strong because they can do all the men can do some added even more. Some women backed their replying saying, " Even science has proved that women are stronger than the men are".
        I believe that both genders are equal. They both can be breadwinners of their families. They can do a lot of things equally so, there is no need to think that one gender is stronger than the other. Have you not seen situations when things people don't work well or as they expected because everybody doing it is from one sex and that the moment the other sex joins in, it starts to work well. This simply means that both sexes (gender) require each other's effort or input to do well. It also means that they are both equal and important as well and till the moment we see, know and practice that things won't move forward. It is what we believe in or thinks in (mindset) that we try to work in and it directs our lives, so if we continue to think that I or we or the females or the males are or is weak, then we would continue to be unless we up to the realization that our mindsets are bad that there is a need to change it nothing would change. In summary, NO GENDER OR SEX IS STRONGER THAN THE OTHER CAUSE WE ARE BOTH EQUAL!!!!

        1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
          responsible_cymbals's comment 24 Mar 2022

          Thank you for doing, and sharing, this research!

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        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 25 Mar 2022

        I do not think that all men believe all women are naturally weak, although most of them do. responsible_cymbals said from his research, someone said " The men are stronger because they are the ones who make sure that the family is safe, some say that because they are the breadwinners of the family" but what happens when the men travel or are not available?. Who takes care of the house when the men are not there???? Who provides for the family when the men are not there?? The women do all those things when the men are not available so I believe that women are as strong as the men are.There are lots of women in the world who are the breadwinners of the family but are not recognized. The are lots single mothers in the world today who perform the men's roles in the family and they are doing a great job. So lets stop promoting the stereotype that all women are weak.

  • British Council.jpg openminded_beetle | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    22 Mar 2022

    The fact of women being biased in the military is justified and more research prove to agree with the stressed ideology of women’s incompetency towards military and sadly enough women who are privileged military personnel are subjected and subdued in decisions which they feel is not suitable in the country’s affairs which their voices, thoughts and opinions are mute.
    There are female military personnel in most countries and because of the radical view of women not having a stentorian voice, the feel that the female gender generally is meek and dormant in handling its affairs since the world conception of military is combative and hostile. I feel the problem it’s the orthodoxic view of female military personnel to blindly support unconventional methods in which their thoughts are being suppressed. If a male military personnel can alter changes in some programmes and policies why can’t female military personnel do so and make decisions which would eventually and hopefully enhance in the development of a country? THERE SHOULD BE EQUALITY IN THE MILITARY.

  • British Council.jpg crafty_cockatoo | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    23 Mar 2022

    I think women are restricted from joining the military because everyone feels that they are weak and not as tough as men. Probably because of the rugged nature of the military, It is believed to be the place for males for males (Men). Everyone thinks that the job of defense and fighting off threat is a mans job. I have an idea that if we conduct a survey asking random persons on the street to define the term military in their own words, majority would define it in terms of men. I see this general definition as biased. I mean, aren't there women doing exploits in the military?
    There are wonderful female soldiers who did things that even their male colleagues wouldn't do in wars. For example, Harriet Tubman was the first woman in American history to lead a military expedition, and she served as a cook, a nurse, and even a spy for the Union during the Civil War (https://www.military.com/veterans-day/famous-women-veterans.html). A real definition should be all encompassing, open to improvements and additions because times change. There is nothing more destructive than stagnation; hence, if we have a mindset that is too static, set on archaic ideas and beliefs and we refuse to change in order to effectively embrace the present, then we would fail to adapt and as a result, be wiped out of existence.

  • British Council.jpg strong_lion | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    23 Mar 2022

    I strongly think that women are not involved in military affairs because of their incompetence in handling some brave acts and they have been stereotyped to be weak to perform military affairs. The females should be given an opportunity to go in to the military. Legislation formally allowing women into the military was passed in 1948 (even though tens of thousands had served in both world wars, and women like Harriet Tubman and Mary Walker had served in the Civil War as nurses, spies, and even soldiers disguised as men). Women first entered the military service in the 1970. During President Obama's regime he allowed positions in the military, opened to who ever wanted to be recruited. Women are capable of handling military affairs for example, In 2014 Lori Robinson was chosen to be commander of the Pacific Air Forces in Hawaii, making her the first United States female four-star commander of combat forces. On May 13, 2016, she became the commanding general of United States Northern Command and was the first woman to command a unified combatant command. So women shouldn't be seen as weak, they should be allowed to join the military.

  • British Council.jpg digital_parrot | Pentecost School Madina | Ghana
    23 Mar 2022

    I have understood from the comment above that military is been biased against women because they think women are weak and can't do anything right, which I don't believe is true because women are very strong and we should not judge due to their appearance and weakness.

  • British Council.jpg vivacious_television | Pentecost School Madina | Ghana
    23 Mar 2022

    Giving a response (saying something) would not be worth it, I personally will let the person finish talking then i will walk away, no saying anything sometimes says a lot.

  • British Council.jpg vivacious_television | Pentecost School Madina | Ghana
    23 Mar 2022

    On my opinion I feel people think women are weak and not strong enough to carry out a position on the military but women should not be judge by the way they look

  • British Council.jpg champion_signature | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    23 Mar 2022

    Here in my country, research has made it clear that in the 80's the women were often scared and discouraged from joining the military, due to the how the women were being underestimated for not being able to perform certain duties the men did but they all came to realization when a courageous woman named Aderonke Kale who in 1972, joined the Nigerian Army. This was a very rare decision for women in those days. She was a colonel and deputy commander of the Nigerian Army Medical Corps by 1990. She was later promoted to the rank of brigadier-general and in doing so became the first female general in West Africa. Kale was promoted to major-general in 1994 and became the first Nigerian woman to achieve that rank. Her role was initially as chief psychiatrist to the army, Kale later became director of the entire Nigerian Medical Corps and was its Chief Medical Officer until 1996. This was the first time in the history of the Nigerian Army that a woman was given responsibility for the healthcare of all Nigerian soldiers at all levels in preparation for and during war. This courageous role played by this women encouraged the women that with courage and diligence they can achieve anything in life.

  • British Council.jpg thoughtful_trombone | Pentecost School Madina | Ghana
    24 Mar 2022

    I also agree with you

  • British Council.jpg incredible_trumpet | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    24 Mar 2022

    There are various reason a country can restrict women but most times its based on religion, some religions do not allow women because it is seen as a taboo. It is not permissible for a woman to show her violent side because she is meant to be the calm and submissive one who keeps a cool head so it may be offensive to join the military besides it is only in some rare cases that women are allowed to fight and that is the issue of self defence. In the case of Queen Amina of Zaria who led almost 20,000 men into battle because of the issue of slave trade had a valid reason so if women have strong reasons for fighting why should they be stopped especially if it is a good reason.

  • British Council.jpg responsible_cymbals | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    25 Mar 2022

    Research is meant to be shared to educate the public and drag people's attention to a particular thing that could be bad or good. It is usually done to explain the science or causes behind a particular situation in most cases it is usually bad. But the good thing is that it usually comes with solutions. These solutions usually tell us to change our behaviors, characters, mindset, and many more so that the change can be achieved. Let's try to bring out solutions to a problem and try working on it and see its effect. There are times that the solutions may not be easy because it might make you give up something you love doing and take up new ones.
    So, there is a question I would love to ask and that is, Is there a solution to every problem and if yes how many could it be? Secondly, If I decide to change to solve a problem that people don't look at it as one, how can I make other people follow suit?

  • British Council.jpg amicable_fig | State Experimental Basic 2 School | Ghana
    27 Mar 2022

    Biases goes on everywhere and what caught my attention is the biases in the military sectors a lot of men thinks that women do not have the strength to go into the military sectors but they also don't know that women have privileges to run the sector and any other sectors. And so I think women privileges are a lot more than strength but some women also have a lot of strength and energy even than some men in the military sectors and so women can also make money to help the country and earn a living.

  • British Council.jpg amicable_fig | State Experimental Basic 2 School | Ghana
    27 Mar 2022

    And also biases in the military sectors don't also help the women in the sector and because they don't value women they don't give them the opportunity to do things as men . For instance the propaganda between the Ukrainian and the Russians if they have given women the opportunity to talk about how to solve the problems between the two countries the problem between them would have been solved long ago. And so I think women must be given the opportunities as men.

  • British Council.jpg tranquil_editor | Pentecost School Madina | Ghana
    03 Apr 2022

    Yes, women should be allowed to try out or do whatever they desire and I think bias in the military is not a good thing to be done

  • British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
    15 May 2022

    During a refugee crisis like the one in Ukraine, men aged 19 are told to stay behind and fight for their country. Why can't they even say if any woman wants to volunteer for fighting for their country? This is underestimating women and showing that they can't fight. They do not even volunteer for women because they think that women (most) have children and have the responsibility of caring for them, women don't have strength. They would have mentioned any woman above 19 to volunteer on fighting to protect their country so that equality would be shown. I think this is bad and the military should change I would call this underestimating women in terms of strength.

    On the other hand, they had always volunteered but not quite a large number as men but sometimes it was but not passing the rate. According to https://www.npr.org/2022/03/19/1087712539/ukrainian-women-are-volunteering-to-fight-and-history-shows-they-always-have these are the women who volunteered but again there is this mentality that women are not fighting alot, rather they are medics and people who treat the injured soldiers. Think about it.

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