For the first time in its history, Nepal’s army on Monday, Feb. 20 commissioned 67 female officers.
The 67 new second lieutenants were able to “pass out” and receive felicitations from the Royal Nepalese Army Academy at Kharipati, Bhaktapur, according to the RNA public relations director.
Traditionally, females were recruited for non-combat services, such as healthcare. On the other hand, the Maoist rebels have a strong force of female guerillas.
|The RNA initially planned to recruit 10,000 females into its 110,000-strong force, and recruited 200 females this past year in the lower infantry rank. This made it possible for the public to see the recruits patrolling on Kathmandu’s streets with their male counterparts. But this is the first time they have been commissioned to a higher rank.
Nepal has a male dominated social structure. While India, Sri Lanka and Muslim countries in this region — Pakistan and Bangladesh — already had at least one female prime minister, Nepal has yet to see a female PM. Not a single political party is headed by a female politician, nor does the country have any influential female leader.
|©2006 OhmyNews Published 2006-02-22 11:29 (KST)|