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Poroshenko signs law on equal rights of women, men in Armed Forces

It is expected that the law will provide increase in the number of women on military duty, in senior positions in particular
15:54, 12 October 2018

Presidential Administration press office

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a law on equal rights of women and men while serving in the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other military units, as the President’s Administration reports.

The law provides for appointing women to a day duty, yet, in compliance with the legislation on maternal and child care (the current norms ban appointing women to day duty).

The act on military service provides that women are performing military duty on the equal basis with men including those taken under contract and called for service, those who serve in a military reserve. With a proviso: except cases provided in the legislation on maternal and child care and prohibition of discrimination based on gender.

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The law removes mentions about age limits of service for women (18-40) both at the call and under contract.

Restrictions concerning women’s service in the military reserve are canceled. Only pregnant women will be exempt from reserve training. 

The law will come into force ten days after its official publication.

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It should be noted that according to the current legislation, women can serve under contract only at the age of 18-40 and, unlike man, they are deprived of such opportunity for the next ten years. Women liable for military service are enlisted in a reserve of the second grade, age limit is 50 years. Moreover, women’s military ranks are not counted (unlike men’s). This means that all the women, regardless of the rank, are transferred to retiring at one age.

Besides, the maximum age of being on a reserve duty for male officers of a high rank is 65. Therefore, men can serve in reserve 15 years longer than women, that is why women cannot get more military ranks and higher pension.

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Reportedly, Ukraine’s Parliament adopted this law in early September with 247 votes of people’s deputies.

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