Women's Affairs advisor
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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. The position is currently being held by Brigadier-General Rachel Tevet-Weisel.
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.
By 2014, the title and function of the Women's Affairs advisor was altered into "Gender Affairs Advisor" (יוהל"ם: יועצת הרמטכ"ל לענייני מגדר). This shift, and the subsequent (rather controversial) policy changes it brought about, created a strong dispute in Israel during 2016-2018. Chief of Staff Aviv Kokhavi has consequentially decided to take some steps back and to limit the authority and rank of the Gender Affairs Advisor.
- "More female officers in more positions in the IDF" (Press release). IDF spokesperson. 30 November 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2011.