CAIRO: The “Egyptian female soldier” initiative is encouraging the Egyptian government to recruit women as well as men to serve in the military, members told the Dream 2 TV station Sunday night.
Member Gehad Al-Komy said that the campaign hopes to inspire young women to join the army in order to serve their country.
Egyptian law obligates all men to spend between 1 to 3 years in military service, depending on their level of education. Women are able to voluntarily enlist in the military in non-combat roles such as military nurses, doctors, and administrators. Women are however, prohibited from taking up arms or fighting.
Gehad said that due to Egyptian culture women could not be subject to an obligatory service, but added “we are about 15,000 women in the campaign ready to join the forces.”
The initiative met with the Prime minster Ibrahim Mahlab in the presence of the Armed Forces recruitment director Sunday, according to Youm7.