Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy Vee Penrod speaks to the media during a briefing Feb. If Women Are In Combat, Men May Try To Protect Them, Santorum Says Feb. The piece delves into the ugly side of fundamentalism and covers female genital mutilation, physical violence that has worked its way into the legal code and the overall denial of fundamental rights in the Arab world. Eltahawy was also careful to state her view that many nations — including the United States — also mistreat women (or, at the least, do not treat them equally). Not a single Arab country ranks in the top 100 in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report, putting the region as a whole solidly at the planet’s rock bottom. And the aforementioned information is only a sliver of the examples and facts she provides in the article. Although compelling, the author’s claim of this “toxic mix of culture and religion” in the Middle East is being met with resistance from those who see the article as an overall simplification of the issue at hand. And instead of acknowledging the pre-Islamic socioeconomic roots of patriarchy, she instead blames only religion, pandering to Islamophobia, according to Al-Monitor’s Samia Errazzouki.
Critics say there are wide differences among the Arab countries that Eltahawy fails to take into account. Regardless of what critics say, the article does, indeed, shed light on an important and timely issue. New York NYC Crime Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Education Obituaries Sports Yankees Mets Giants Jets Knicks Nets Rangers Islanders Football Basketball Baseball Hockey Soccer College High School The Score News Crime U.S.
GOP front-runner Donald Trump doubled down on his gender-themed attack on Hillary Clinton Wednesday, taking further aim at the likely Democratic nominee and claiming his original remarks weren't sexist in nature. Clinton was quick to fire back Tuesday night, blasting Trump during her own victory rally in Philadelphia for playing the gender card.
Trump's gender-centered attack line was widely mocked Wednesday with many political experts deeming the mogul's decision to go after Clinton, on account of her being a woman, as a foolish ploy that will further hurt his already dismal standing among female voters. In addition to the Gallup poll cited by Lavariega-Monforti, a USA Today-Suffolk University poll released earlier this week showed that 66% of likely female voters had an unfavorable view of Trump, compared with 48% who had an unfavorable view of Clinton. In addition to insulting Rosie O'Donnell and Megyn Kelly, Trump also said earlier this year that women who have abortions should be punished.
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Eltahawy’s words do anything but hide the problematic mindset she believes has taken hold in the Middle East. So much so that 15 girls died in a school fire in Mecca in 2002, after “morality police” barred them from fleeing the burning building — and kept firefighters from rescuing them — because the girls were not wearing headscarves and cloaks required in public.

Some even maintain that it reinforces negative stereotypes and provides a basis through which Western politicians can more readily rail against Arab society. Additionally, it provides many Middle Eastern women who live under the thumb of authoritarian rule a shining light and reassurance that their stories and their plight are making their way into the headlines. Check out this infographic and our impact.New Middle East Senior FellowFPRI is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Senior Fellow in FPRI’s Program on the Middle East, Dr. Penrod briefed the media on the results of the Defense Department's review on women in service, which would ease some restrictions on women serving in combat roles.
NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. But some women — particularly feminist Muslims who would typically be praising the fact that these tragic details are being exposed — are criticizing the article’s writer, Egyptian-American Mona Eltahawy. Neighbors Saudi Arabia and Yemen, for instance, might be eons apart when it comes to GDP, but only four places separate them on the index, with the kingdom at 131 and Yemen coming in at 135 out of 135 countries. Resist cultural relativism and know that even in countries undergoing revolutions and uprisings, women will remain the cheapest bargaining chips. In a distinguished academic career, he served as president of both Temple University and Lincoln University and led the Foreign Policy Research Institute as president from 1983 to 1989. Morocco, often touted for its “progressive” family law (a 2005 report by Western “experts” called it “an example for Muslim countries aiming to integrate into modern society”), ranks 129; according to Morocco’s Ministry of Justice, 41,098 girls under age 18 were married there in 2010. You — the outside world — will be told that it’s our “culture” and “religion” to do X, Y, or Z to women.
There was a time when being an Islamist was the most vulnerable political position in Egypt and Tunisia. Berti has been writing for FPRI since 2011, we are excited to formally welcome her to the FPRI team. To access her work for FPRI, click here. The only concession to the horror was that girls’ education was quietly taken away by then-Crown Prince Abdullah from the Salafi zealots, who have nonetheless managed to retain their vise-like grip on the kingdom’s education system writ large. The Arab uprisings may have been sparked by an Arab man — Mohamed Bouazizi, the Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire in desperation — but they will be finished by Arab women.
However, about one-fifth of active-duty military positions, including the infantry, combat tank units, and Special Operations commando units, will remain off-limits.
Fox Fellows – 6 Months of ExcellenceIn 2015, FPRI’s Middle East program named four year-long Robert A. Fox Fellows, who would write, speak, and create innovative platforms for addressing a wide range of timely issues related to the Middle East and U.S. Some countries have no formal restrictions on women joining combat units but rarely allow it in practice.
Others, like Japan and Switzerland, allow women in some combat positions, but have not engaged in combat in recent history.
This week's rule change in the United States was largely a reflection of the fact that women are, to a large extent, already participating in combat. Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey) demonstrating the application of these discrete electoral systems enacted.
Despite the restrictions in place, 144 American women have been killed and 865 wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001, according to the Defense Department.
A 2010 survey by the British Ministry of Defense listed Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, and Sweden as countries that allow women in "close combat roles," defined as "engaging an enemy on the ground with individual or crew served weapons, while being exposed to hostile fire and to a high probability of direct physical contact with the hostile forces personnel." Australia joined that list in September 2011 when it opened its front-line units a€” including one of the largest contingents in Afghanistan a€” to women.

WiFP features successful women, at any stage of their career, who are already working in the field. South Korea has begun opening up more frontline positions to women, including in artillery and armored divisions.
To read the entire interview, click here. New FPRI E-Book on the Middle EastIn honor of FPRI’s 60th anniversary, each of its research programs will produce an edited volume meant to provide its readers with a taste of the quality analysis we produced on a diverse array of topics over the past decade.
Women have fought in Eritrea's military since its war of independence from Ethiopia in 1991 a€” at one point they made up 30 percent of the country's combat forces a€” and are required, along with men, to serve a year and a half of military service. Women have flown combat missions as fighter pilots forBritain, Pakistan, Serbia, South Africa, the United States, and others. It highlights the way in which FPRI’s Program on the Middle East has utilized its vital and time-tested geopolitical approach to inform policymakers, academics, journalists, educators, and others interested in the Middle East. It’s what makes designating the whole movement a terrorist organisation virtually impossible in the UK, as authorities knew from the very beginning. While the French infantry is theoretically open to women, in practice they make up only 1.7 percent of combat troops. Santorum cited Israel as a country that doesn't allow women on the frontlines because of the psychological effect it has on men. For a more detailed look at this issue, please see this article in The Telegraph (in English) and this article in al Arab (in Arabic). But in fact, the Israeli military does allow women in the vast majority of combat positions. Since then, the Israel Defense Forces has gradually integrated more units in compliance with a Supreme Court order.
More and more positions have been opened over time, though there are alsoreports that the IDF often doesn't accept women for units for which they are eligible and evacuates women during combat situations.
Women comprise only 33 percent of the IDF due to a shorter length of service and a more lenient discharge system for religiously observant Jewish women.
Recent years have seen the creation of the "Caracal Batallion" a mixed-gender infantry unit that patrols near the southern border with Egypt and the first woman commanding a sniper platoon. For instance, in Canada, which has had no restrictions since 1989, 17 percent of troops are women but women make up only 3.8 percent of combat troops. Although not excluded by law, no women have yet qualified for Canada's elite anti-terrorist unit, which requires an extremely high degree of physical fitness. No significant problems were reported in the British survey, and some militaries found that women officers were more effective at some tasks, such as gathering intelligence from female civilians.
The Chinese military, the world's largest by number of troops, allows women only in support positions, and has been criticized for requiring female recruits to demonstrate a talent such as singing or dancing as part of its selection process (in case you were wondering where those pink-clad, go-go-booted marchers in Beijing's military parades came from).
The Indian Army has only a handful of women in support roles and doesn't allow them to hold permanent commissions. Women volunteers do comprise about 3 percent of the Russian army, mostly in support and clerical positions, though the annual Miss Russian Army beauty pageant is not exactly a sign of respect for their role. While female soldiers around the world increasingly brave the same dangers as their male counterparts, they still face a unique set of risks from their own fellow soldiers.

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