June 13 - Pakistan's first female fighter pilot helps break the glass ceiling for women. Julie Noce reports.
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Through the ages - the military life has traditionally been a man's world.
But one woman in Pakistan has broken through the glass ceiling, and her career is really taking off.
Meet Pakistan's first female fighter pilot, 26 year old Ayesha Farooq. She's one of five female fighter pilots in Pakistan, but is the first to have passed the test qualifying her for combat.
When it comes to her role as a fighter pilot, she says she's treated just the same as her male peers.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) PAKISTAN'S FIRST FEMALE FIGHTER PILOT, AYESHA FAROOQ, SAYING:
"I don't feel any difference. We have the same activities. My colleagues are very cooperative. We take challenges, like who will do more precise bombing and everything. So I don't feel like there is any difference when it comes to practice, or training, or all the routine activities."
It's been a long time coming... although women have served in pakistan's armed forces since 1947, they have largely been confined to desk jobs and medical work.
But attitudes towards women are changing. Over the past decade women have become sky marshals, and a select few are serving in anti-terrorist forces.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) COMMANDER OF SQUADRON 20, WING COMMANDER NASEEM ABBAS, SAYING:
"So, for me, its good whether I have female pilots or male pilots. As far as they are able to fight, they are able to fly
Pakistan now has 316 women in the air force compared to around 100 five years ago - a remarkable rise in this traditional and conservative country where many women are expected to stay grounded around their family.
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