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  • EU leaders need to take immediate action to save lives in Greece this winter

    EU leaders need to take immediate action to save lives in Greece this winter

    [Brussels 14 December 2016] Thousands of people are at risk this winter as the EU-Turkey deal keeps migrants, including refugees, stuck in dangerous and degrading conditions in Greece, a coalition of more than 30 humanitarian agencies and human rights organisations, among which the European Women’s Lobby, warn. The organisations most of which work with migrants in Greece, warn that women, children and men could die because of worsening winter conditions. EU leaders meeting in Brussels on (...) Read more

  • 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

  • Politics, the feminist way

    Politics, the feminist way

    EWL’s Matilda Flemming attended the UK Women’s Equality Party’s first ever party conference. 1500 feminists gathered in Manchester the last weekend in November to, as party leader Sophie Walker put it, finally become a fully adult party. The party was started in spring 2015 by Sandi Toksvig and Catherine Mayer and is the fastest growing political force in the UK - already having gained 65.000 members (UKIP in comparison has 55.000 members). So far the party has earned more than 350.000 votes (...) Read more

  • 2017 European Year of focused action to fight violence against women: will the EU walk the talk?

     2017 European Year of focused action to fight violence against women: will the EU walk the talk?

    This year’s celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of violence against women is marked by two instrumental political initiatives at EU level. The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) warmly welcomes both the European Commission’s decision to dedicate 2017 to combating violence against women, and the European Parliament’s resolution calling for the EU accession to the Istanbul Convention.
    “We congratulate EU Commissioner Jourova for her strong commitment to put an end to the most (...) 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

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