MK Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid) returned from Strasburg, France on Thursday after heading an official Knesset delegation to the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Lavie took part in debates which focused on promoting women in the armed forces and preventing gender-based violence and discrimination.
Lavie said that as part of the Knesset`s efforts to increase its parliamentary supervision over the army, a report is submitted once a year to one of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee`s subcommittees dealing with sexual harassment.
Moreover, she noted, 92% of the positions in the IDF are available to women. Lavie called this ”revolutionary advancement in the integration of women in combat forces and other units.”
Lavie also took part in discussions on administrative detentions as a standard practice in some of the countries represented in PACE. During the debates, the Palestinian delegation attempted to criticize Israel in the final report and have it approved by PACE, but the attempt was thwarted through extensive efforts by the Foreign Ministry, with MK Lavie`s assistance.