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Viola Amherd writes history. With the new CVP Federal councillor is a woman after 36 men for the first time at the top of the VBS, the former military departments. What is a novelty for Switzerland, is in some countries becoming the norm, for decades. In Europe, Scandinavian countries were the pioneers in the head in the male domain military , and national defense.

In Finland, Elisabeth Rehn from 1990 to 1995, Minister of defence. In Sweden, a woman came in 2002, with Leni Björklund, for the first time to the top of the Ministry of defence. Two more women followed her in the office. In Germany it took until the end of 2013, before a woman was the political Boss of the armed forces. Ursula von der Leyen dressed today, nor the office of the Secretary of defense.

Meanwhile, there are more than a dozen European countries that have been at the forefront of the Ministry of defence, a woman, or had. Of a Nato Meeting in Brussels in February 2017, there is a group photo with defense Ministers from Albania, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Norway and Spain.

a group picture of European defence Ministers: from left: Mimi Kodheli (Albania), Roberta Pinotti (Italy), Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert (Netherlands) and Ursula von der Leyen (Germany), Maria Dolores de Cospedal Garcia (Spain) and Ine Marie Eriksen Soreide (Norway), at a Nato Meeting in February 2017 in Brussels. In the picture Andreja Katic (Slovenia) is missing. Photo: AFP

A defense Minister, which caused a lot of attention, was the Spanish Carme Chacon (2008 to 2011), but not only because they stand for a Premiere in the history of Spain. Shortly after their appointment, the then-37-Year-old traveled to the troops visit to Afghanistan, even though she was seven months pregnant. Of the due protection of the Mother of the 16 weeks, she took only half in. Only 46-years old, she died in 2017 as the result of a heart defect. In front of Spain and France had a defence Minister, Michèle Alliot-Marie (2002 to 2007).

first Minister of defense of inside Asian girls

were The first to the Minister of Defense, Europeans were the world inside – they came from Asia. Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka was not only the first freely-elected head of government in the world. In her first term from 1960 onwards, she was also Minister of defence. In the 1970s, the Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, was temporarily Head of the defense Ministry, as she imposed in 1975, the state of exception. And as Benazir Bhutto in 1988 in Pakistan, the government took over the shops, under the Ministry of defence.

women at the helm of a Ministry of defence there are on the continents of Africa and South America (in all countries except Peru and Brazil). In Africa, for instance, South Africa has its second Secretary of defense. Since 2012, it is Nosiviwe Mapisa-Has, a former fighter against the Apartheid System. (vin)

Created: 10.12.2018, at 17:21

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