Females: Armed Forces

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 10th November 2021.

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Photo of Stuart Anderson Stuart Anderson Conservative, Wolverhampton South West

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent discussions her Department has had with the Ministry of Defence on ensuring women can access careers in the Armed Forces.

Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch Minister for Equalities, Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government), Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office), Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (jointly with Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

Equality Hub Ministers have frequent discussions with Ministerial colleagues from across government on a range of equalities issues.

The Ministry of Defence aims to significantly improve the recruitment and retention of women in the Armed Forces with the ambition to achieve 30% inflow of women by 2030. To realise this goal, the single Services have taken a range of steps to improve the experience of women in the Armed Forces, as they continue to do for all serving personnel. This includes all roles being open to women, targeted programmes to increase the recruitment of women, introducing flexible service, flexible and parental leave, the provision of sanitary boxes, and reviewing women specific combat requirements.

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