The UN says more than 100,000 people have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in 2011. These include women and children. More than 2.2 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries while an estimated 4.25 million have been displaced internally.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has recruited an army of 500 women to guard checkpoints and carry out security checks in an attempt to plug the holes left by defections and casualties in his dwindling army. The new paramilitary force called the 'Lionesses for National Defense' has been trained at a boot camp in Wadi al-Dahab in the Syrian city of Homs.
Should the female gender play an active part in war?
In the United States, there is a move to lift the ban on women assuming roles in frontline combat units. Under current rules, female soldiers, compromising of around nine per cent of the British armed forces, are not allowed to enter into situations where they could engage and potentially kill the enemy. In the Canadian armed forces, unusually, every job is open to women. Both sexes live and fight together.
Around 12% of soldiers serving in the Canadian army are women and they have been integrated into combat positions since 1989. Those who argue against putting women into battle sometimes say that a woman would not be able to carry a wounded fellow from the battlefield. But women are tested every year in soldier carry and soldier drag exercises, paired with someone of a similar weight. They lift bigger people using the fireman's carry.
She is passionate that people see her as a soldier, rather than a woman soldier and describes the whole debate about whether women can handle a combat job as null and void. After returning from her tour, she was awarded the Medal of Military Valour, one of Canada's highest military honors, for her leadership in Afghanistan.
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What are your views on women fighting on the front line?