Meet the Women Defence Ministers From Across the Globe
Women defence ministers from around the world (L to R): South Africa’s Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, India’s Nirmala Sitharaman, Albania’s Mimi Kodheli and Norway’s Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide.
Women defence ministers from around the world (L to R): South Africa’s Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, India’s Nirmala Sitharaman, Albania’s Mimi Kodheli and Norway’s Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide.(Photo: Altered by The Quint)

Meet the Women Defence Ministers From Across the Globe

Nirmala Sitharaman was appointed as India’s first full-time woman defence minister on 3 September. She takes over the portfolio from senior BJP minister Arun Jaitley who hailed the decision as a “very significant landmark”.

Others commended Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government’s of having six women ministers in his Cabinet, including two in the powerful Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) – External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and of course, Sitharaman.

Here’s a list of women holding the post of defence ministers across the globe.
More power to these boss ladies!

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, South Africa

File image of Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.
File image of Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.
(Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula was appointed as South Africa’s Minister of Defence and Military Veterans by President Jacob Zuma in June 2012.

Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Netherlands

File image of Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert.
File image of Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert.
(Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

The Dutch politician has been the Minister of Defence since 5 November 2012.

Martha Elena Ruiz Sevilla, Nicaragua

File image of Martha Elena Ruiz Sevilla.
File image of Martha Elena Ruiz Sevilla.
(Photo Courtesy: www.ejercito.mil.ni)

She’s been the Nicaragua’s defence minister since 2013.

Raychelle Omamo, Kenya

File image of Raychelle Omamo.
File image of Raychelle Omamo.
(Photo Courtesy: Ministry of Defence)

Omamo serves as Kenya’s Secretary of Defence and is the county’s first woman to hold the post.

Mimi Kodheli, Albania

File image of Mimi Kodheli.
File image of Mimi Kodheli.
(Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

Kodheli is the first woman to be appointed to the post of the defence minister of Albania.

Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, Norway

File image of Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide.
File image of Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide.
(Photo Courtesy: forsvaret.no)

A member of the Conservative Party of Norway, she was appointed as the minister of defence in 2013.

Ursula von der Leyen, Germany

File image of Ursula von der Leyen.
File image of Ursula von der Leyen.
(Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

Ursula von der Leyen is the first woman in the history of Germany to be appointed to the post in 2013.

Roberta Pinotti, Italy

File image of Roberta Pinotti.
File image of Roberta Pinotti.
(Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

A modern literature degree holder, Pinotti has been taking care of the portfolio since February 2014.

Marina Pendeš, Bosnia and Herzegovina

File image of Marina Pendeš.
File image of Marina Pendeš.
(Photo Courtesy: ec.europa.eu)

A graduate in electrical engineering, Marina has served as the defence minister since 31 March 2015.

Andreja Katič, Slovenia

File image of Andreja Katič.
File image of Andreja Katič.
(Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

A former municipality employee, Katič currently is the Republic’s Minister of Defence.

Marise Payne, Australia

File image of Marise Payne.
File image of Marise Payne.
(Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

Payne was promoted to Australia’s first female Minister for Defence, in the Malcolm Turnbull Government, on 21 September 2015.

María Dolores de Cospedal, Spain

File image of María Dolores Cospedal García.
File image of María Dolores Cospedal García.
(Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

Cospedal was appointed Minister of Defence by Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on 3 November 2016.

Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
(Photo: IANS)

Hasina, who is the present Prime Minister of Bangladesh, also holds the post of the defence minister. But the MoD of Bangladesh does not exercise command authority over the Bangladesh Armed Forces.

Radmila Šekerinska, Republic of Macedonia

File image of Radmila Šekerinska.
File image of Radmila Šekerinska.
(Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

She has also served as the Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration and National Coordinator for Foreign Assistance of the Republic of Macedonia before becoming the defence minister.

Florence Parly, France

File image of Florence Parly.
File image of Florence Parly.
(Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

Parly was named France’s Minister of the Armed Forces on 21 June 2017.

(#TalkingStalking: Have you ever been stalked? Share your experience with The Quint and inspire others to shatter the silence surrounding stalking. Send your stories to editor@thequint.com or WhatsApp @ +919999008335.)