"Lei in Difesa": the column dedicated to the female world of Defense and Security is born

(To Maria Grazia Labellarte)
08/03/19

Dear readers and dear readers, do you have the polemics on the titles of institutional offices married to women and on mothers who "cook and iron"? Here, reassure yourself: what you are about to read has nothing to do with it.

In fact, a new column is born on Online Defense: "You in defense", a column not only really new but also lively and in step with the times, which intends to take a look at the world of women in Defense and Security - nationally and internationally - with interviews, analysis, events and training projects. We will make sure that, as often as possible, the protagonists are telling and telling each other. The appointment to mark on the electronic agenda is on Thursday.

For those less than 25 years, we remember that the effective female military service, on a voluntary basis, was introduced in Italy with the 20 law October 1999 n. 380, which established the possibility of recruiting women. Italy was (and it seemed to you!) The last member country of NATO (1) to allow the entry of women in the Armed Forces: before the 2000 their use in war was foreseen only in the Voluntary nursing staff of the Italian Red Cross, born in 1908, and in the Voluntary nursing staff of ACISMOM born in 1940, bodies auxiliaries of the Armed Forces themselves. Consider that in the United Kingdom during the Second World War already 600.000 women served in the auxiliary bodies.

Diadora Bussani, clone 1962, was the first Italian woman to apply for admission to the Naval Academy of Livorno in 1981. Then, its battle lasted almost a fifth of a century: after being excluded from the competition announcement to be able to access it, the regional administrative court accepted its appeal. Decision, then, canceled by the Council of State. The law n. 66 1963 had nurtured in her the hope of 'enlistment: unfortunately, what he gave with one hand allowing female employment in public offices without career limits, took away with each other as it excluded the military professions in the name of natural diversity biologic between man and woman. The 2 November 1982, the US Navy symbolically granted her enlistment.

Twenty long years have passed, so from that 1999: in the meantime, many "she" have entered the Armed Forces.

Have all the goals that women set themselves have been achieved? What are the future challenges?

To answer these questions and to give voice to many women in uniform, there is nothing left to do but follow each week, on Thursday, our new column: You in Defense.

1To understand how scandalous this anachronistic ban is, it is enough to say that female personnel have been present in the Armed Forces of Turkey since the beginning of the 20th century ...

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