[New York, 15 March 2017] The CFFB (French-speaking Council of Women, Belgium) was invited to deliver a speech during an official side event of the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women #CSW61. Co-organised by Belgium, Iceland and the European Women’s Lobby, the event discussed the Nordic Model on prostitution as a key step to ensure girls’ and young women’s economic empowerment. Viviane Teitelbaum, president of CFFB (a member organisation of the EWL), presented a feminist (...) Read more
[Dublin, 3 March 2017, contribution by Denise Roche, National Women’s Council of Ireland]. In February this year the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI), along with a strong civil society contingent attended the examination of Ireland under the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Often described as an international ‘Bill of Rights’ for women, it was adopted and ratified by Ireland in 1985, thereby, committing the State to taking concrete (...) Read more
[Nicosia, 8 March 2017] News from our members of the Cyprus Women’s Lobby. The "Pathways towards Sustainable Peace" White Book on "Building United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, Peace and Security Agenda in Cyprus" is the result of the hard work and efforts put forward by participants at the conference: Pathways Towards Sustainable Peacebuilding on November 3 and 4, 2016 in Cyprus. The publication is supported by World Vision International Middle East and Eastern Europe Regional (...) Read more
[Amsterdam, 26 January 2016] EWL member organisation University Women of Europe has filed collective complaints for application of the Social Charter in the 47 countries members of the Council of Europe stating women are not treated equal as they earn structurally less than men for equal work. As an international INGO, UWE is allowed to submit a collective complaint of violation of the European Social Charter.
Collective Complaint Equal Pay for Equal work: Women work more hours and earn (...) Read more
[Lisbon, 16 January 2017] At the end of last year, Portugal marked a symbolic and historical day in the fight against sexual violence. On December 19, 2016 the Association of Women against Violence (AMCV), signed a protocol with the Deputy Minister, Eduardo Cabrita, and the Minister of Justice, Francisca Van Dunem, which aims to create the first Crisis Center to support women and girls who survived sexual violence in the city of Lisbon.
This will be the first specialised service of its (...) Read more
[Brussels, 16 December 2016] After BREXIT, we at the European Women’s Lobby were devastated. This is not the Europe we want, and we think it is not the kind of Europe most people in Britain want either.
In August, we met with our British members to discuss the way forward, how to unite in fighting for the Europe we do want: based on well-being, equality, social justice.A society in which women’s contribution to all aspects of life is recognized, rewarded and celebrated - in leadership, in (...) Read more
[London, 20 November 2016] On 16 December, the UK has an unique opportunity to make sure the Government fulfils its promise to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and girls, the Istanbul Convention. It is an opportunity to change Herstory for all women and girls in the UK - and to change the individual stories of women and girls across the UK who face violence every day. The member organisations of the UK Joint Committee on Women, (...) Read more
UPDATE on 22 November we heard the bill has been withdrawn. Women in Turkey took the streets to protest and strongly condemn harassment, rape and abuse. However we have to stay very vigilant for women’s and children’s rights. In solidarity with women in Turkey and the Kadın Koalisyonu / Women’s Coalition - Turkey.
[Istanbul, 19 November 2016, NGOs Press release shared by the EWL National Coordination in Turkey]
We will accept no bills that would legitimize rap of women and children
The AKP’s (...) Read more
[Message from our members, EWL national coordination in Turkey] The situation in Turkey is getting worse. Recently 11 MP’s/leaders of the Kurdish Party (HDP) were arrested, the Democratic Party of the Peoples (HDP) announced the suspension of parliamentary activities on behalf of their party. The state of emergency continues and every day there is another statutory decree which bypasses the constitution. The societal polarisation is huge.
The Women’s Coalition in Turkey (an independent (...) Read more
[UPDATE, 18 October 2016] EWL members of the Malta Confederation of Women’s Organisations (MCWO)] let us know that the emergency pill is now available in Malta without the prescription of the doctor. Credit goes to a number of women in Malta who pressured for it and especially our Dr Lara Dimitrijevic who spearheaded the judicial protest and eventual discussion. You can watch the protest of yesterday here.
[Valetta, 12 October 2016, Press Release by The Malta Confederation of Women’s (...) Read more