Nadiya Savchenko has fought for a career as a pilot with the Ukrainian Armed Forces. After being refused entry into the Kharkiv Air Force University in 1998, she entered the Armed Forces and served as a radio operator and a landing forces soldier. She reapplied to the Air Force University after six years and learned that a special authorization from the Defense Minister was necessary. In the end, Nadiya graduated from the Air Force University and became a pilot.
Until recently, a career for women in the army was limited. Now the Ukrainian Minister of Defense has an adviser on gender issues who is responsible for ensuring equal rights and opportunities for women and men in the Ukrainian military, and in 2010 the Minister introduced two orders removing restrictions for women to hold managerial positions in the Ukrainian military.
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