The high degree of job security offered by the security agencies, as well as their high level of discipline were the main motivations for joining such agencies. There was unanimous agreement between the women Gendarmes interviewed that these were the primary factors that drew them to apply to join the security sector.
Passion for the job, the love of adventure and the desire to seek new challenges were the main drivers for women to take on operational roles. There was mutual agreement between the surveyed women Gendarmes who had taken on operational roles that they find such roles more exciting than administrative ones. They valued the fact that each operation they participate in feels like a new challenge and that each operation is unique.
Female Gendarmes perceive that their senior commanders provide them with the requested support needed for them to shine in their roles. However, narrowly defined gender roles in Jordanian society hold back women Gendarmes and restrict them to carrying out secondary or supporting roles. They are often placed on standby, to be called when needed, rather than playing more prominent roles. They enjoy their work a lot but they feel that they are hindered by discrimination.
The confidence of male Gendarmes in their female colleagues grows when they work alongside women on operations. However, their confidence in their female colleagues is not a given – the surveyed women Gendarmes reported that many male Gendarmes question the physical capability of women to participate in operational duties.
After participating on the study visit to the Canadian Royal Mounted Police the participants felt inspired and ambitious to achieve more; however, the experience of some participants was bittersweet as it highlighted the disparity in the degree to which the female Gendarmes in Canada take on operational roles and their own situation. The participants were inspired by the way in which rank is not a determining factor in the amount of responsibility placed in Female Gendarmes in Canada.
The surveyed female Gendarmes requested more training for them and their female colleagues and felt that more resources should be allocated to training the female Gendarmes in the yearly internal capacity building plan. However, they clarified that the reason their male colleagues receive more training is that there more men than women in the Gendarmerie.
The surveyed female Gendarmes believe that an allowance should be paid to their female colleagues performing operational duties. The allowance would contribute to expenses such as child care.