Critical analysis of the social, political and economic changes occurring in Central-Eastern Europe – with a particular focus on Poland.
Monday, 17 March 2014
Nurseries Not Guns
Below I reproduce a statement released by the III Congress of Left Women held in Warsaw this weekend. (Original version here)
As women of the left we stand in solidarity with all women in the
world, especially those living in areas of chaos and political tension.
We oppose policies that are leading to the escalation of conflict
and the outbreak of war. We reject the atmosphere of war-fever being created by
a section of opinion-makers in Poland. We do not want to send our children to
any war that can and should be avoided.
We appeal to all parties of the dispute to find a political
solution that respects the rights of residents in the Crimea and abides by
international law. So far, the Crimean crisis has caused no casualties, and
this should remain the case.
We reject the policy of "male war games". The excitement
caused by inspecting troops, visiting bases or saluting allied aircrafts is
alien to us. We believe that real
political leadership does not need to be supported by a background of tanks and
The atmosphere of war intensifies, rather than nullifies, the
everyday problems of Poles. These include a lack of work, low wages, poor
access to nurseries, pre-schools and medical treatment. The government should be dealing with these
problems rather than increasing war threats.
Our appeal is simple: Less guns
and more nurseries. Never again war!