Pre-debate vote: For- 13; Against- 11; Undecided- 11
Post-debate vote: For- 16; Against- 13; Undecided- 6
The numbers show that people were listening very carefully. They couldn’t help it- this was one passionate debate, with articulate and well prepared speakers, and a topic that seems made in heaven for the avid debator.
Proposition: NS is more than military defence. Other countries have women in the army, and the effectiveness of women in frontline combat positions can be seen in many situations. Also, given our ageing population, every pair of hands counts, and technology can be unreliable. NS can be a form of education for women, through which they can show their support for their country and defend it.
Opposition: it is not necessary for women to do NS because of presence of technology, which is a better resource to tap on. There is no proof that women in all countries are the same, so the same rule cannot be applied to all. Even sports have different standards for men and women, and when we do not have enough people in the first place, adding women will not make much of a difference.
Wow! A burning issue indeed! Your views please?