MARGARET HALES, a British resident in Benitachell was recently appointed International President of the British Section of the European Union of Women (EUW).
The EUW was founded in Salzburg in 1953 by Austrian MP Dr Lola Solar, with the aim of enabling women to contribute to international debate and to stimulate interest in European affairs.
Today there are 17 countries in membership. The EUW has consultative status with the Council of Europe and Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (Ecosoc). It also contributes to the work of the European Parliament through the EPP Women’s Section and national MEPs.
Through the EUW’s six commissions, research work into issues of today and more importantly, tomorrow is carried out and the results fed into various national and international bodies.
The EUW works for the strengthening of peace on the basis of justice and the free cooperation of peoples. The European Union of Women stands for the safeguarding of human dignity and freedom, the maintenance of Europe’s outstanding cultural heritage and for social and economic progress while protecting the rights of the individual.
EUW maintains that these aims will only be realised by increasing the influence of women.
For many years the EUW’s British Section has organised democracy training courses for women in Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland and the Ukraine and organised member information visits to many European countries.
Margaret was congratulated by Benitachell Councillor of Communication, Myra van ‘t Hoff, for her appointment.