IDF freezes implementation of report calling for gender equality

30.11.2011                      04.Kislev. 5772

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IDF freezes implementation of report calling for gender equality

Publicly, the IDF announced support for recommendations drafted by special military committee, but in practice it has done very little to implement them.

The Israel Defense Forces has effectively frozen implementation of a report that called for full equality of service between men and women.
Publicly, the army announced its support for the recommendations, which were drafted by a special military committee. But in practice it has done very little to implement them in the four years since the report was written, and the drive to expand service options for women has largely been replaced with a rearguard action to keep existing gains from being lost, in the face of both increased pressure from the religious establishment for greater separation of the sexes in the army and a rise in the number of women claiming a religious exemption from service….