In Ukraine, from October 1, 2023, women with medical or pharmaceutical education will be required to register with the military, which may result in restrictions on their travel abroad. RBC-Ukraine writes about this with reference to the presidential representative in the Verkhovna Rada Fyodor Venislavsky.
According to Venislavsky, the registration of female doctors for military service is provided for by changes to the law on mobilization training and mobilization, which were adopted by the Ukrainian parliament in 2022.
He also clarified that female doctors who have registered with the military and received the status of those liable for military service may be prohibited from leaving the country during martial law. “If there are some separate documents that give the right to temporary departure, then yes, they will be able to leave. If not, then they, like men, will be limited in the right to leave,” Venislavsky said.
At the same time, the speaker of the State Border Service of Ukraine Andrey Demchenko said that at present, for female doctors who will register for military service on October 1, leaving the country is not limited. However, according to him, the situation may change if the authorities decide to include female doctors liable for military service in the category of persons who are prohibited from leaving Ukraine during martial law.
In January 2023, the Ukrainian government approved a new procedure for military registration of conscripts. According to the document, women with a medical or pharmaceutical specialty will have to register for mandatory military registration. For representatives of other professions, voluntary registration is assumed.
The procedure for mandatory military registration for female doctors in Ukraine was supposed to begin on October 1, 2022. But the country’s Ministry of Defense postponed this procedure for a year. The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine then stated that there was no urgent need for military registration of women in certain specialties and professions, including doctors.