Society 18:01 29/01/2018 Armenia

Military women to be guaranteed equal rights and opportunities in Armenia – defense minister

Women will be granted equal rights and opportunities if they decide to pursue the military profession, Armenian Defense Minister Vigen Sargsyan said in his speech delivered at a solemn ceremony dedicated to the National Army Day, the ministry’s press service reported.

“Although the military profession is considered a man’s case, Armenian girls also see the opportunity to prove themselves in that sphere. Naira Arshakyan from Shirak region is one of the best cadets of the [Vazgen Sargsyan] Military University. She has pursued this profession following the example of his brother, captain Vazgen Arshakyan: she has decided to become his brother’s combat fiend, [she] has chosen a very difficult profession, and I am convinced she will succeed in it,” Sargsyan said.

The minister highlighted the Armenian men will never hesitate a moment to defend their homeland from adversay’s encroachments. “But I want you to be equally convinced that if you pursue the military profession, we will guarantee equal rights and opportunities for women serving in the military,” the top Armenian official stressed.

Vigen Sargsyan also added that all the possible steps are underway to strengthen the feedback with the army, to facilitate the communication between a soldier and his family and to ensure the protection of human rights in the army.

In the minister’s words, the reconstruction of the main campus of the Vazgen Sargsyan Military University will kick off this year thanks to the Izmirlian Foundation’s significant donation. “In the not-too-distant future, our ranks will be replenished by young officers, who are studying at civic universities and have chosen “I have the Honor” program, and our army will gain new impetus boosting its combat readiness,” the minister said.



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