The Swedish Rescue Services Agency was one of the first organizations to enter Lebanon after the ceasefire between Hezbollah and Israel. The enormous amount of unexploded ordnance littering southern Lebanon led to a need for a more sustainable program than the initial small operation provided. The more expansive program sought deminers and, to the surprise of the SRSA, many women showed interest. Several were hired and trained, and proved themselves to be able workers in the field. The success of the program in Lebanon has had some wondering why it has taken so long for women in the Middle East to enter into the field of mine clearance and disposal.
"Getting a Piece of the Pie: Lebanese Women Become Deminers,"
Journal of Mine Action
: Vol. 11
, Article 7.
Available at: http://commons.lib.jmu.edu/cisr-journal/vol11/iss2/7