Veterans: Women

Cabinet Office written question – answered at on 15 May 2024.

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Photo of Martin Docherty Martin Docherty Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to increase representation of women in veteran support services.

Photo of Johnny Mercer Johnny Mercer Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)

This Government understands that, whilst the majority of women veterans go on to lead successful post-service lives, and the challenges they face are often the same as for men, the experiences and needs of women are sometimes different.

That is why we are developing the Government’s first Women Veterans’ Strategy, which will celebrate the successes of women veterans, but will also look at specific challenges they may face, in order to better address their needs.

As well as looking at the experiences of women who have served in the UK Armed Forces, the Strategy will recognise their contribution to society and identify what further tailored support could be provided, which includes considering the accessibility of support services.

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