Women Shaping the Future of Europe
The Annual Report of the European Women’s Lobby
(EWL) for 2002 is being prepared at a time of deepening
global crisis, with the threat of war looming ever larger.
The General Assembly of EWL, meeting in September
2002, unanimously agreed a Declaration Against War
which has since been signed by over 100 women’s organisations.
In this Declaration, we call on the governments
of Europe to pursue all avenues to reach a peaceful resolution.
We point out that women are the first to be silenced
in a culture of militarisation and war, and that modern
warfare disproportionately affects civilian populations,
especially women and children. Violence against women
and girls in conflict and post conflict situations is extreme,
systematic and widespread.