It's almost 2020 and the sad truth is that women in India are still not at par with men. However, we are making drastic progress. Slowly, women are making their way into male-dominated industries and saying, "We will not be taken lightly."
Now, Lieutenant Colonel Jyoti Sharma has been appointed as the first female Judge Advocate General (JAG) officer of the Indian Army to be deployed on a foreign mission. We are lauding this victory. According to media reports, she will be appointed as the military legal expert with the Government of Seychelles and her job will involve liaison with government officials on matters of defence.
The Indian Armed Forces are actively working towards creating inclusivity in the Military Police Corps also. In April, they started the process of inducting women as jawans. They have also started an online recruitment drive of registration for recruiting women in the Corps Of Military Police. WOW!
This September, Wing Commander Anjali Singh resumed her duties in the Indian Embassy in Russia as India's first female military diplomat to be posted in any of the missions abroad. She went as the Deputy Air Attache and has made history. Wing Commander S Dhami also became India's first female officer to become the Flight Commander of a flying unit and it's a huge leap for women in the country.
As of now, women are allowed only in limited fields of the Army like medical, legal, educational, signals and engineering wings.
According to government data, while the Indian Army currently has 3.80% of its workforce as women, the Air Force has 13.09% and the Navy has 6% women workforce.
Heartiest Congratulations to Lt Col #JyotiSharma for being appointed as the first female Judge Advocate General Officer in the @adgpi. @NCWIndia wishes you all the best for your future endeavors. @smritiirani @MinistryWCD pic.twitter.com/nA1p3ulxji— Rekha Sharma (@sharmarekha) November 14, 2019
We hope this number only increases and more women join the armed forces. Let not the waters, skies or mountains stop them from achieving their dreams. We're giving Lt Col Jyoti Sharma a standing ovation, you're a hero to so many young women.