Women's Affairs advisor

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November, 2010. Pictured here in the Mitkan Adam base, the Women's Affairs Advisor to the IDF Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Gila Kalifi-Amir, practices her marksmanship skills with the guidance of a Marksmanship Instructor during an event for IDF staff officers. The Women's Affairs Advisor to the Chief of Staff is responsible for addressing the unique needs and successful integration of female soldiers into the IDF. She heads the Women's Affairs Advisor unit whose responsibilities include: research, information and advocacy for women serving in the IDF, professional guidance regarding women's affairs, and the representation of the IDF's female soldiers to the media and to the general public. For more information on women in the IDF: idfspokesperson.com/2011/03/07/women-in-the-idf/ Photography: Cpl. Ori Shifrin, IDF Spokesperson's Unit Featured as Photo of the Day on March 8, 2011 (International Women's Day)

The Women's Affairs advisor to the Chief of Staff (Hebrew: יועצת הרמטכ״ל לענייני נשים‎, abbreviated to יוהל״ן Yohalan) is a female officer in the Israel Defense Forces that is in charge of promoting conditions that allow for the optimal use of the capabilities of women serving in the IDF; promoting equal opportunities for women during their military service; and assimilating women into military leadership positions.[1] The position is currently being held by Brigadier-General Rachel Tevet-Weisel.

History[edit]

The Woman's Affairs advisor dates back to the Women's Corps that existed from 1949 to 2001. The corps was responsible for women soldiers, including: their absorption, recruit training, and transfers to IDF units. During their service, the WC provided them with various services through WC units attached to units in other corps. It also operated a women's soldiers-teachers unit, which taught new immigrants and developing regions.

Since the 1990s, the corps' authority began to gradually transfer into the regional commands and individual commanders, while the female soldiers-teachers unit was moved to the Education and Youth Corps. In 2001, the Defense Minister, Shaul Mofaz, announced the dismantling of the corps. Its command was replaced with a new Women's Affairs advisor to the Chief of Staff position. The corps' last commander was Brigadier General Suzy Yogev.

On September 1, 2001, Suzy Yogev initiated the founding of the Women's Affairs advisor position, the dismantling of the Chief Women's Officer Command, and transferring the authority of caring for individual women soldiers’ problems to respective commanders, and placing the authority for the women soldiers training base to GOC Army Headquarters.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "More female officers in more positions in the IDF" (Press release). IDF spokesperson. 30 November 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2011.