[Brussels, November 2015] In 2015, the EWL is active every month of the year to commemorate the 20 years of the Beijing Platform for Action. We also celebrate our 25th anniversary, and continue to advocate at EU level to get better policies for women and girls in Europe. You can find here a PPT presentation of the EWL and of our work, through our actions this year, demonstrating the dynamism of the EWL and its membership, as well as challenges and opportunities for the feminist (...) Read more
EWL 2015 Year of Action on Beijing+20
[Brussels, 1 December 2015] Did you know that equality between women and men is a core value in the EU? Did you know that migrant and refugee women are more vulnerable to discrimination? Did you know that women’s rights organisations face attacks and threats in several countries in the EU? It can be physical attacks against women defending the right to abortion, such as in France or Spain; in other countries women’s organisations are put on a black list by their government (as in Hungary) and (...) Read more
[Brussels, 1 November 2015] Did you know that 7 women die every day from domestic violence? An estimated one in five women has been a victim of domestic violence. Did you know that between 40 and 50% of women report some form of sexual harassment in the workplace? Did you know that 5% of women aged 15 or over have been raped and only 4 to 10% of women raped in Europe try to find justice? Also women with disabilities are 4 times more likely to experience sexual violence.
In November, the (...) Read more
[Brussels, 1 October 2015] Did you know that over a quarter (26,9%) of women in the EU’s 28 countries experience poverty and social exclusion? That the gender pension gap is 39% in the EU and a major cause of the feminisation of poverty among older women, affecting 22% of women over the age of 65 compared to 16% of men in the same age category? That single parents, 80-90% of whom are women, migrant women, many of whom work in the informal economy, and Roma women, many living in conditions of (...) Read more
[Brussels, 1 September 2015] Did you know that 40% of all child soldiers are girls? They are often used as ’wives’ (i.e. sex slaves) of the male combatants (War Child, 2014). Did you know that in contemporary conflicts, as much as 90 percent of casualties are among civilians, most of whom are women and children? that of the 14 peace negotiations held under UN auspices in 2011, only four women participated in negotiation teams?
In August, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) focuses on Women and (...) Read more
[Brussels, 3 August 2015] Did you know that one in ten women have experienced some form of sexual abuse before the age of 15? that girls are more at risk of addiction to alcohol and cigarettes, and more at risk of getting eating disorders? that new technologies offer opportunities for girls to speak out?
In August, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) focuses on The Girl Child, as part of its Beijing+20 campaign. Read and share EWL’s factsheet on the girl child, which is part of EWL report “From (...) Read more
[1 July 2015] This month we focus on the #Beijing20 theme ’Education & Training of Women". Read our #Beijing20 review of #EU activities in this area. Read more
[Brussels, 5 June 2015] Did you know that women tend to travel in a more sustainable way, including because there are less women driving (40% compared to 62% of men)? And that because of their lower incomes, they have greater risk of energy poverty than men?
In June, to celebrate World Environment Day, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) focuses on Women and the Environment, as part of its Beijing+20 campaign. Read and share EWL’s factsheet about Women and the Environment, which is part of EWL (...) Read more
[Brussels, 8 May 2015] Did you know that only 16% of photos in European newspaper show women over 45 years of age (according to the project “You can’t be what you can’t see”). In the EU, women account for only 24% of people that we hear or read about in the news. Moreover, while men are asked to speak as experts, women continue to be considered as victims or readers or watchers belonging to the general public.
In May, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) focuses on Women and the Economy, as part of (...) Read more
[Brussels, 1 April 2015] Did you know that one in ten women in Europe doesn’t have access to care in the first months of pregnancy? that abortion is still not legal in Cyprus, Ireland, Malta and Poland, forcing women to face the health risks of unsafe illegal abortion? that between the ages of 25 and 40, women are three times more likely than men to suffer from depression, the higher rate being at times when they have their babies?
In April, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) focuses on Women (...) Read more