Round table with the participation of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Great Britain to Ukraine Judith Hoff and captain Eleanor Stack
Recently the British embassy in Ukraine invited the former Commanding Officer of HMS Duncan Commander Eleanor Stack. During this visit the distinguished guest attended the National Defense University of Ukraine named after Ivan Chernyakhovsky. With the participation of British Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Judith Hoff a round table discussion "Equality among the leadership of the Armed Forces" was held.
Eleonor Stack had visited Ukraine before. In 2017 she arrived in Odessa as the captain of the HMS "Duncan" flagship. It was just the year when the most dangerous ship incident occurred as 17 Russian fighters whirled over it during the NATO mission.
During her meeting with the students of the leadership course and the students of the Institute of State Military Management of the University on the eve of the International Women's Rights and Peace Day, Ms. E. Stack shared her views on the role of women in the Armed Forces. In particular, she spoke about her professional development and military career in the British Navy. According to her, women in Britain join the army more often than they used to and occupy both junior and senior positions.
- In the 90's, women were allowed to serve in the Royal Navy. When I was young, the army did not have women in leadership positions, there was no gender equality policy. Nowadays, more and more women serve as the senior officers, commanders, "explained Eleanor Stack.
She added that in her country the every efforts are made to provide the specialists hold positions regardless their gender. In Britain the percentage of women in the Armed Forces has increased from 5% to 48%. However, at the command level women comprise only 3%.