Norway to draft women
As its Scandinavian neighbors do away with the military draft entirely, Norway is taking things in a different direction. A new law mandating conscription for women passed in parliament with flying colors in a move politicians hope will improve the gender balance in the armed forces. Currently, about 10 percent of Norway's military is female. "We are sending a signal that, once again, Norway's thinking ahead when it comes to equality,” said foreign minister Espen Barth Eide. The draft requires one year of military service, but it's unlikely that many women will be called upon: Norway is a historically peaceful country with a relatively dormant, 24,000-head force.
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June 17, 2013 11:21 AM