[Brussels 25 July 2016] The world seems to be in turmoil, and Europe is deeply affected as economic and political power is reconfiguring on a global scale. The recent Brexit is an expression of the deep divide in many countries, with right-wing populism on the rise. Years of austerity and market liberalisation politics have increased the social and economic precarity and feelings of insecurity. The lack of political transparency and democratic decision making resulted in a loss of (...) Read more
Latest news from the European Women’s Lobby in Brussels
[Statement of the European Women’s Lobby, Brussels, 28 June 2016] At the European Women’s Lobby (EWL), we are shocked and dismayed by the outcome of the UK Referendum. British women’s rights activists were part of founding our organization and have been at the forefront of successfully demanding a better deal for women in the EU for the past 25 years.
Five decades of EU action have most certainly advanced gender equality on our continent. With pressure from EWL, our members and allies, the EU (...) Read more
[Statement of the European Women’s Lobby, Brussels, 27 June 2016] We are in deep shock and sorrow over the brutal murder of British MP Jo Cox. “Jo was a dear personal friend of mine and was exactly the kind of person you hoped would go into politics: an extraordinary, brilliant and fearless feminist propelled by a passion for women’s rights and social justice, and driven by a belief that we can and must fight for a safer, fairer and more equal world.” says EWL Secretary General Joanna Maycock. (...) Read more
[Brussels, 20 June 2016] The European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless, FEANTSA, and the European Women’s Lobby, EWL, have issued a factsheet on women and homelessness to give visibility to the gender specific needs and the significant overlap between women’s homelessness and violence against women in the EU.
Find the factsheet here.
Infographic Homeless women and VAW Feantsa EWL
The European Parliament has recently launched a written declaration calling for a (...) Read more
[Brussels, 15 June 2016] The European Women’s Lobby, EWL, has sent a letterto the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, Ms Beata Szydlo, expressing its deep concern about the current proposal to restrict even more the access to abortion in Poland which tightens the already very restrictive abortion law- one of the most restrictive in the EU. If adopted, this would mean a significant increase in unsafe and clandestine abortions which would turn into a major health threat for Polish Women (...) Read more
[Brussels, June 20 2016] This Wednesday, 22 June, Jo Cox MP would have turned 42. Our gift to her, her family and all those who loved and cherished her, will be to come together to show the world there is more that unites us than divides us.
Events will be held in several locations simultaneously, including her home constituency of Batley and Spen, London, Brussels, New York, Washington DC, and Nairobi. The coming together of thousands of people in love and solidarity with Jo proves the (...) Read more
[Brussels, 16 June 2016] From 3 to 5 June, the European Women’s Lobby held its Annual General Assembly and Board meetings. It was an exciting few days in which we discussed how to progress in the implementation of our vision of a Feminist Europe.
We said an emotional farewell to our outgoing President Viviane Teitelbaum, who has served as President for the past 4 years. She will continue her feminist engagement as President of the Conseil des Femmes Francophones de Belgique (one half of our (...) Read more
[Brussels, 16 June 2016] Ahead of the European Council which will take place at the end of June and will address migration among other issues, the European Women’s Lobby has sent a letter to Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, calling on him to listen to women’s voices and take urgent action to uphold the human rights of women and girls refugees in Europe.
The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) just concluded a unique five-month project “From conflict to peace? Women’s and girls’ voices (...) Read more
[Brussels, 8 June 2016] Ahead of the 7th meeting of the EU Civil Society Platform on trafficking in human beings, the European Women’s Lobby coordinated a joint contribution to the European Commission, to inform on the consultation on the post-2016 EU Strategy on trafficking in human beings. 36 organisations co-signed this contribution, which will inform the discussions during the Platform’s meeting and will guide the EWL and its members’ work for the next 5 years
As members of the EU Civil (...) Read more
[Press release of SDG Watch Europe, 6 June 2016] SDG Watch Europe, an alliance of 70 organisations including the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), Plan International and the European Women’s Lobby (EWL), has today (6 June) written to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker calling for him to adopt, as a matter of urgency, an overarching strategy to guide implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
Leida Rijnhout, Director for Global Policies and Sustainability at (...) Read more