Women organisations in Poland and Europe are reacting strongly against the decision taken by the Polish Parliament on 23th of September to move ahead with the bill which would introduce a near-total ban on abortion. Furthermore, the Polish Parliament decided –without any further discussion- to reject the bid proposed by women’s rights organisations to liberalise the existing law on abortion which is already one of the most restrictive in Europe. The Polish Parliament seems to be completely (...) Read more
Latest news from the European Women’s Lobby in Brussels
[Brussels 28 September 2016] Tired of hearing about the founding FATHERS of Europe? We are very happy to announce the launch of the Women of Europe Awards 2016, a new initiative by the European Movement International and the European Women’s Lobby. The awards will be handed out to honour women striving to advance the European project in their professional or private capacity. The role of women in the European project remains largely unrecognised, and the awards will highlight the (...) Read more
[Brussels 28 September 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
[Brussels, 26 September 2016] Join us for the screening of "Chicas Nuevas 24 Horas", a documentary from the Spanish director Mabel Lozano. Together with GrupoSur, CIFCA, MujeresMundi, and l’Espace Genre de la Maison de l’Amérique Latine, the European Women’s Lobby invites you to know more about sex trafficking between South America and Spain. Hosted by the Instituto Cervantes, the event will welcome the film director, as well as Inés Ayala, Member of the European Parliament, for a discussion (...) Read more
[Brussels, 2 September 2016] Over the summer, the Vice President of the European Commission, Kristalina Georgieva, who is responsible for the Commission’s Human Resources, took a firm stance for gender equality within the commission by saying that unless more top jobs were given to women within the Commission, she would ensure a freeze on the hiring of men for top jobs. In response, EWL welcomed her determined, principled and action-oriented stance on the need for gender parity in management (...) Read more
[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