Updated: 23-Aug-2005 Committee on Women in NATO Forces

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Year in Review


The Year-In-Review is distributed by the Office on Women in the NATO Forces, International Military Staff (IMS). This issue is an update of the 2000 publication of the Women in NATO Forces and provides an assessment of the status of the integration process of women in the Alliance members' nations.

by the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee

I am pleased to contribute a foreword to this special edition of the publication Year-In-Review of the Committee on Women in the NATO Forces. This publication provides a brief overview of the status of the gender integration process throughout the Alliance.

Facing Challenges... Together
Comments by the Chairperson
of the Committee on Women in the NATO Forces

The events of 2001 reconfirmed in all our minds the need for strong national and Alliance security and defence. Women throughout the NATO Alliance are proud to be members of their nation's Army, Navy, Airforce and Marines and proud to be working to ensure the sovereignty of their nations.


The first NATO Conference of Senior Service Women Officers of the Alliance took place in Copenhagen in June 1961. It was organised by the Danish Atlantic Association as a first step to discuss the possibility of increasing co-operation on matters pertaining to the status and employment of women in the military forces of the Alliance.

Office on Women in the NATO Forces

In December 2000, the Military Committee adopted a resolution that confirmed the permanency of the Office on Women in the NATO Forces as part of the International Military Staff structure.

25th Anniversary Committee on Women in the NATO Forces

The year 2001 is both the 25th and the 40th anniversary of the mission of the Committee on Women in the NATO Forces. To mark these important anniversaries, a commemorative sculpture was presented to NATO in the spirit of the Committee.


This book is dedicated to all service men and women determine to accept the challenges of working in one cohesive team towards a common mission.

Country Profiles
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

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