Bulgaria to Have Its 1st Female Generals in 5 Years

Defense | July 10, 2012, Tuesday // 20:02|  views

US Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Marie Yovanovitch (R) and Bulgarian Defense Minister Anyu Angelov during the conference on Tuesday. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria is to have its first female generals and admirals within five years, the country's Defense Minister Anyu Angelov believes.

Angelov has revealed that Bulgaria already has appointed the first female member of its National Guards Regiment.

Bulgaria has left behind many NATO countries as per the share of women in the military profession - slightly above 14%, as compared to a NATO average of about 10%.

"Prejudices still exist among armed forces commanders about the number of women in their ranks and the positions they should be allowed to take," Angelov stated on Tuesday, as cited by DefenseNews. He attended an international conference in Sofia dedicated to he role of women in security and defense.

More than 90 high-ranking defense and security officials from 21 NATO members and partners attended the conference, which highlighted the practical contributions women can make in the military, both as soldiers and as decision-makers.

During the forum, US Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Marie Yovanovitch pointed out that the world can no longer afford to continue ignoring half of the population when it comes to ending a conflict, managing a transition or rebuilding a country.

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