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.
Many people have likened the progress of women in armed services
as solely a social issue of equality, fairness or egalitarianism.
Having women in the military is sometimes perceived as only
having benefit to individual women, not to their military or
to their nation. However, being a woman in the military is more
about being willing to defend your country, even unto death,
and being proud of fulfilling this responsibility of citizenship.
We are making valuable contributions to our militaries and to
The Committee on Women in NATO is about finding the most efficient
and effective ways of attracting, selecting, training, developing
and employing women so that their contribution to operational
effectiveness is of the highest order. This Committee is about
ensuring that men and women work well together, that nations
within the Alliance work well together and about operational
effectiveness throughout the Alliance.
The information you will see as you read through the Year in
Review will give you a better understanding of how many women
are working within the nations of the NATO Alliance, where they
are working and what they are doing. This should give you a
clearer indication of the contributions of military women throughout
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Chairwoman of the Committee Women in the NATO Forces