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As of: May 10, 2024 7:04 a.m

From the perspective of the Armed Forces Commissioner Högl, there are far too few feminine troopers within the Bundeswehr – particularly, however not solely, in management positions. The Ministry of Defense is recording a rise at a low degree.

The German Bundestag's protection commissioner, Eva Högl, has criticized the shortage of ladies within the Bundeswehr. “It can’t continue like this,” the SPD politician instructed the Editorial Network Germany (RND).

The proportion of ladies is round 13 %

The proportion of ladies within the Bundeswehr is at present simply over 13 %. “If you exclude medical services, it is less than 10 percent. The Bundeswehr is missing the goals it has set for itself and has been doing so for years,” stated Högl. A quota of 20 % is stipulated by regulation.

Högl additionally criticized sexual assaults and an absence of bogs and showers for feminine troopers.

Also few girls in main place

There are too few girls within the space and in management positions, Högl continued. “Only three women serve in the rank of general. Even in the medical field, where women have been serving since 1975, women are still underrepresented in leadership positions. That cannot be satisfactory.”

In 2023, there have been solely 47 girls in wage group A16 and above in your complete Bundeswehr. According to Högl, the quantity was an identical final yr. In the approaching years it have to be about “women in leadership positions becoming the norm”.

The improve within the proportion of ladies has solely been within the per mille vary for years.

Eva Högl, Defense Commissioner of the German Bundestag

Ministry of Defense: There are indicators of a rise

A Defense Ministry spokeswoman instructed RND that for the reason that armed forces had been totally opened to girls in 2001, the variety of feminine troopers has risen to round 24,300. That corresponds to a share of over 13 %. An additional improve is turning into obvious: “Last year, around 17 percent of applications received came from women. We are very pleased about this and shows that we are also an attractive employer for female soldiers,” the spokeswoman is quoted as saying.

However, she admitted that the quota of ladies in army management positions within the ministry itself is at present round two %. However, exterior the Ministry of Defense, 16 % of management positions are held by girls. In the world of ​​medical providers it’s even round 46 %.

Sabine Henkel, ARD Berlin, tagesschau, May 10, 2024 7:01 a.m