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Geraldine Wong Sak Hoi  Expertise: factchecking, disinformation, the future of news. Initials: gw

What’s your take on gender-neutral conscription?

By the end of this decade, the Swiss army expects to have trouble recruiting enough personnel. So the defence department is studying the option (called the “needs-based obligation to serve”) of drafting women alongside men for military service or an alternative civilian service. The countries in Europe that have conscription for both sexes – Sweden and Norway – regularly get top marks for gender equality in international rankings.

Do you think Switzerland is ready to adopt gender-neutral conscription? Or should the country first address other areas where inequality persists – such as in the workplace or with childcare – as some critics say?

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