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I'm proud that I've been in the army as a woman: A qualitative study of women's testimonies of their military service in Israel
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Global Studies.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The IDF (Israel Defence Forces) is an important part in many Israelis lives since there is a mandatory military service for both men and women, making the country stand apart from many others. Although it may seem as men and women have an equal army service experience, this is not the case. Women only make up of 34 percent of all IDF soldiers. Furthermore, female soldiers are often subjected to military positions that are considered gender appropriate for women. Even though women are moving into combat units and positions of military leadership, gender segregation is still evident in the Israeli army.  

 This study explores the perspective of Israeli women’s experiences in their time in the army by using a phenomenological approach. This is a qualitative study which is based on semi-structured interviews which were conducted with nine women from Israel who have completed their service. The aim of the paper is to analyse the respondents experience in the military and if they experienced limitations because of their gender. The results of the study show that the respondents feel they were being given different opportunities than their male counterparts, especially when it came to joining combat units. Furthermore, while some felt mistreated by the male soldiers, others stated they never felt differential treatment. This study concludes that combat units seem to be the main barrier between men and women, which reproduces inequality in the army. In order to reduce gender segregation there needs to be more female combatants and more men working in positions not related to combat.

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2017. , 30 p.
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-36438ISRN: JU-HLK-GLS-1-20170035OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-36438DiVA: diva2:1115810
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HLK, Social Studies
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2017-06-09, 13:20 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2017-06-27 Created: 2017-06-27 Last updated: 2017-06-27Bibliographically approved

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