[Brussels, 5 February 2016] Founded in 1990, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) is the largest alliance of women’s non-governmental associations in the European Union, with members throughout the EU who come together around our common vision of a Feminist Europe. We are a credible source of expertise and experience on women’s rights and equality between women and men, representing the diversity of the women’s movement across the European Union. We represent an inclusive, confident, loud, (...) Read more
Latest news from the European Women’s Lobby in Brussels
[Brussels 2 February, 2015] The sexual attacks that took place in several cities in Europe during New Year’s celebration one month ago has sent shockwaves throughout Europe. How could women experience such terrible violence in a public space filled with people for New Year in a modern European city? How can the response of the authorities, police and politicians alike have been so inadequate and inappropriate? Some have sadly used these attacks as an excuse to lame refuges and migrants more (...) Read more
[Luxembourg, 13 janvier 2016] C’est une salle comble qui est venue assister à la conférence « Prostitution et commerce du sexe : de la réalité à l’action » ce mercredi 13 janvier au Luxembourg. Organisée par le Conseil National des Femmes du Luxembourg (@CNFL_LUX) et le Lobby européen des femmes (LEF - @EuropeanWomen), l’évènement s’inscrit dans la campagne « Ensemble pour une Europe libérée de la prostitution » et vise à apporter des éléments nouveaux dans le débat sur la prostitution au Luxembourg. Pour la (...) Read more
[Brussels, 12 January 2016 ] On Tuesday 12 January, MEP Anna Hedh (S&D group, Sweden) hosted the Screening of “Honour” (“Heder”, in Swedish), a film based on a real case, that shows different forms of violence against women made in the name of “honour”. The screening was followed by a discussion with the crew of the film, European Parliament researchers and women’s rights organisations, such as the European Women’s Lobby and the Arab Women’s Solidarity Association Belgium AWSA-Be.
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[Brussels, 20 January 2016] Before the winter break, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a very important resolution on human rights and democracy in the world, where it calls for EU action on a series of issues. The rights of women and girls are an important part of the demands of the EP: the EWL welcomes such focus and hopes that the EP call will lead the European Commission to adopt concrete action to end the violations of women’s and girls’ rights both internally and externally.
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[Brussels 22 December 2015] The European Women’s Lobby team in Brussels wishes all EWL members, friends, activists, partners and policy-makers a fantastic feminist 2016! Let’s continue to push together for true gender equality in a feminist Europe! See the highlights of our year in photos . Season’s greetings! Read more
[Brussels 9 December 2015] On Monday 7 December, EU Ministers for gender equality met for the EPSCO Council and “exchanged views on the strategic commitment to gender equality 2016-2019”. This strategic commitment is a staff working document, and not the EU Strategy that the Ministers, the European Parliament and the women’s organisations were expecting.
For the EWL this is not good enough! EU Vice-President Timmermans said “I’m a feminist” at the United Nations last September. We want to see (...) Read more
Brussels, 23 November 2015] You are warmly invited to Sainte Nicolette 2015, the 5th anniversary of the European Women’s Lobby’s annual festive party! This friendly gathering will be an opportunity to toast to the end of another year of feminist action and activism all over Europe – and to bring in 2016! 2015 was a vibrant year for the EWL and the feminist movement worldwide, with the the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action as well as the 25th anniversary of the EWL.
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[Brussels, 9 December 2015] On Tuesday 8 December, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) organised a breakfast meeting on the topic of gender mainstreaming for Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). A legal obligation for the EU, gender mainstreaming is a proactive process aimed at realising women’s human rights in all policy areas, as women and girls are still facing inequalities and discrimination in all aspects of life.
The EP has committed to gender mainstreaming and established a Network (...) Read more
[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