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  • 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

  • New Study: Progress and Challenges for Women on Company Boards

    New Study: Progress and Challenges for Women on Company Boards

    [Brussels, 27 April 2016, Press Release by EWoB] European Women on Boards (EWoB) has today published a major new report which examines the progress that women are making on the Boards of the 600 largest European-listed companies.
    This comprehensive new study, undertaken in association with ISS, examines how gender diversity in European boardrooms has evolved over the last five years. Across Europe as a whole, it finds evidence of improvement in some areas, and challenges in others. (...) Read more

  • European study on the gender dimension of trafficking in human beings

    European study on the gender dimension of trafficking in human beings

    [Brussels, 5 April 2016] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) welcomes the ’Study on the gender dimension of trafficking in human beings’ which has been commissioned by the European Commission, in the framework of the EU commitment to combat human trafficking. The EWL had been calling for a gender perspective on trafficking in human beings for years and is delighted to see a full report address and examine the reality of trafficking for sexual exploitation from a gender perspective.
    Data from (...) Read more

  • European Parliament calls for gender-sensitivity in asylum policy

    European Parliament calls for gender-sensitivity in asylum policy

    [Strasbourg, 8 March 2016. European Parliament Press Release] A reform of EU migration and asylum policies and procedures needs to include gender-sensitive measures to ensure the safety of women seeking asylum, many of whom travel with young children and other dependents, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Tuesday.
    “This report highlights the exceptionally vulnerable situation of women refugees in the European Union. They have fled persecution in their home countries, undertaking a perilous (...) Read more

  • EWL welcomes the European Commission proposal for the EU to access the Istanbul Convention

    EWL welcomes the European Commission proposal for the EU to access the Istanbul Convention

    [Brussels, 04 March 2016] The European Commission has launched a proposal for the European Union to sign and ratify the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. The European Women’s Lobby highly welcomes this initiative as it is a major step forward to put an end to violence against women and to make Europe a safer and more equal place for women.
    The Istanbul Convention is the first European binding instrument (...) Read more

  • EWL contributes to EYD2015 Civil Society Alliance Policy Recommendations

    EWL contributes to EYD2015 Civil Society Alliance Policy Recommendations

    [Brussels, 17 February 2016] In 2015, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) played an active role as a member of the Civil Society Alliance which coordinated the NGO mobilisation during the European Year for Development (EYD2015). After a year full of activities and action, policy recommendations have been unveiled at the closing event of the Year in Luxembourg last December. The EWL is proud to have contributed to these recommendations, through an article of its Policy and Campaigns Director (...) Read more

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