Looking at how the principle of gender equality has developed in the EU provides useful insights into an approach to equality that is essentially premised on the neo-liberal paradigm.
During a recording of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Any Questions’ a question about the role of women in society and the armed forces sparked a lively debate.
The UK’s approach to UNSCR 1325 instigated a new national debate. However, meaningful engagement with the gendered nature of state approaches to security is a long way off.
When a British soldier gave birth at Camp Bastion last week it was reported with shock in the media. This story is a useful illustration of why women in the armed forces and the nature of gender roles are worthy of discussion.