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  • Kat Banyard’s book "Pimp State" discussed in Brussels

    Kat Banyard's book "Pimp State" discussed in Brussels

    [Brussels, 9 December 2016] The founder of UK Feminista, a feminist activist and writer, Kat Banyard was in Brussels on 7 and 8 December, and participated in two EWL activities. She was a guest at EWL FEMtalk, together with other feminist artists, and discussed the role of literature in her activism. She also presented her newly published book ’Pimp State’ at the European Parliament, during a breakfast meeting hosted by Malin Björk MEP.
    "In the sex industry, money is not coincidence, it is (...) Read more

  • Children cannot wait: 7 priority actions to protect all refugee and migrant children

    Children cannot wait: 7 priority actions to protect all refugee and migrant children

    [Brussels, 29 November 2016] Today, 78 organisations active in the field of children’s rights, deliver a joint statement calling for action to protect and guarantee refugee and migrant children’s rights. You can read the statement here.
    #Act4children #ChildRightsForum #UN4RefugeesMigrants #RefugeesWelcome #ChildrenCannotWait
    The signatories, including the EWL, the European Network of Migrant Women, and other women’s groups, strongly welcome that this year’s European Forum on the Rights of the (...) Read more

  • Trump’s Win Has The Global Women’s Rights Movement Very, Very Worried

    Trump's Win Has The Global Women's Rights Movement Very, Very Worried

    [Article from Buzzfeed, 9 November 2016] The European Women’s Lobby was interviewed for this article in Buzzfeed, after the US elections result two weeks ago. EWL colleague and British-American Emily Usher Shrair also intervened in an interview on Catalan television later that week, which you can watch here.
    NAIROBI — You’ll forgive the global women’s rights movement while it catches its breath.“I’m shellshocked. I have no words. I don’t even know what to say,” said Lina Abirafeh, director of the (...) Read more

  • 18 October 2016 - European day against trafficking in human beings

    18 October 2016 - European day against trafficking in human beings

    [Brussels, 18 October 2016, MEPs Statment on Anti-Trafficking Day] This day must be a day when we step up our efforts to combat the most dominant form of trafficking, namely trafficking in women, girls and boys for sexual exploitation. In order to do this effectively, we need to go beyond words and address the root causes that fuel trafficking for sexual exploitation, i.e. the demand for paid sex and the growing prostitution markets in Europe.
    Trafficking for sexual exploitation is a (...) Read more

  • Ending violence against women in the EU: The Istanbul Convention and beyond

    Ending violence against women in the EU: The Istanbul Convention and beyond

    [Brussels 12 October 2016] Gender5Plus, the first European Feminist Think Tank, would like to invite you to join us for a presentation and discussion on the Istanbul Convention and beyond.
    Although there is tangible progress on gender equality in the European Union, fundamental inequalities between women and men are blocking the way towards improving the living and working conditions of all people living in Europe. One of the greatest scourges is violence against women, which remains (...) Read more

  • Work-life balance: action to improve needed at EU and national levels, say MEPs

    Work-life balance: action to improve needed at EU and national levels, say MEPs

    [Press release of the Europen Parliament, 13 September 2016] MEPs adopted in plenary on Tuesday a non-binding resolution calling for the need to modernise work-life balance framework, legislative and non-legislative measures, at EU and national level. MEPs recommend to improve different types of leave, to provide adequate income replacement and social protection during any type of family or care related leave.
    The resolution was adopted by 443 votes in favour, 123 against and 100 (...) Read more

  • A new Europe for people, planet and prosperity for all

    A new Europe for people, planet and prosperity for all

    [Brussels, 13 September 2016] The European Women’s Lobby joins this common statement on the future of Europe drafted on the initiative of WWF, CONCORD Europe, ETUC and European Youth Forum and supported by 177 European and national Civil Society Organisations and Trade Unions.
    The first summit on European Union’s future is scheduled for 16 September in Bratislava. Leaders will have a political reflection to give impetus to further reforms and to the development of the EU with 27 member (...) Read more

  • Vote yes to strengthen Work-Life balance opportunities for Europe’s families

    Vote yes to strengthen Work-Life balance opportunities for Europe's families

    [Brussels 12 September 2016] Tomorrow, on 13th September 2016, the European Parliament will be called on to vote the report 2016/2017(INI)“Creating labour market conditions favourable for family-work balance”. We are 11 networks of NGOs and Local Authorities and since 2012 we have been working together to raise awareness about the daily challenges faced by women and men across the EU in reconciling their work, family and private life. We represent millions of children, adults and families (...) Read more

  • EWL welcomes the Commissioner for Human Rights statement "Protect women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights"

    EWL welcomes the Commissioner for Human Rights statement "Protect women's sexual and reproductive health and rights"

    [Brussels, 23 June 2016] The European Women’s Lobby welcomes the statement made by the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, who calls all member states to take the necessary steps to ensure women full and equal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights.
    The Commissioner for Human rights highlights in his recommendations the pivotal role of accessing to sexuality education and asks the member states to ensure that mandatory sexuality education that is (...) Read more

  • 26 Member States have signed the Istanbul Convention! Will Latvia and Czech Republic be next soon?

    26 Member States have signed the Istanbul Convention! Will Latvia and Czech Republic be next soon?

    [Brussels, 21 April 2016] Bulgaria became the 26th EU Member State that have signed the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, the Istanbul Convention. We congratulate our members, the Bulgarian Coordination to the EWL, and the women’s rights movement for this efforts towards this achievement and we wish that the ratification process goes timely to ensure a good implementation of the convention and adequate protection of women (...) Read more

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