Arab Women Break Boundaries and Stereotypes in Middle Eastern Militaries

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As Women’s History Month in the United States draws to a close, women in the armed forces of several Middle Eastern countries continue to achieve historic milestones, with many now serving as pilots, engineers, peacekeepers, and in special forces units. While gender integration in Arab armies has generally lagged behind Western militaries, the role of women is steadily increasing as the result of new initiatives, policies, and gradually changing mindsets in the Middle East.

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