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  • EU Elections 2024 - EWL Urges Newly Elected MEPs to Safeguard Women’s Rights Amid Rising Far-Right Influence in Member States

    [Brussels, 10 June 2024] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) calls on newly elected Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to champion women’s rights and uphold the European project for peace, democracy, inclusion, equality, and solidarity.
    The EWL is relieved that democracy has prevailed and the EPP-SD-RE governing coalition secured a [majority in the European Parliament->https://results.elections.europa.eu(EP) with over 400 seats expected. This constitutes an encouraging basis to continue (...) Read more

  • Call to safeguard women’s rights and gender equality in the 2024-2029 EU mandate

    Call to safeguard women's rights and gender equality in the 2024-2029 EU mandate

    [Brussels, 27 May 2024]
    With the 2024 EU elections around the corner and a new EU institutions’ mandate about to start, the European Women’s Lobby renews its call to future decision-makers to commit to the EU legal obligation to deliver on equality between women and men.
    More than ever, it is crucial that EU leaders strive for the accomplishment of the European project for peace, democracy, inclusion, equality and solidarity. This aim demands the equal representation and participation of (...) Read more

  • Open letter to Belgian Ministers - Listen to survivors of prostitution!

    Open letter to Belgian Ministers - Listen to survivors of prostitution!

    [Brussels, 23 April 2024]
    Dear Minister of Economy and Work Pierre-Yves Dermagne, Dear Minister of Social Affairs Frank Vandenbroucke,
    Dear Minister of Justice Paul Van Tigchelt,
    Dear State of Secretary for Gender Equality, Equal Opportunities and Diversity, Marie-Colline Leroy,
    The European Women’s Lobby is the largest umbrella organisation of women’s associations in Europe with 32 national coordination organisations and 17 European-wide member organisations, representing a total of (...) Read more

  • European Women’s Lobby at CSW68 - combating women’s poverty

    European Women's Lobby at CSW68 - combating women's poverty

    [Brussels, April 2024] The 68th annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68) took place in New York from 11 to 22 March 2024. This year’s priority theme was ‘Accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective”, a crucial topic as 10.3 per cent of women live in extreme poverty today and progress towards ending poverty needs to be 26 times faster to achieve (...) Read more

  • Historical moment! European Women’s Lobby Applauds the Adoption of first ever EU Directive Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence

    Historical moment! European Women's Lobby Applauds the Adoption of first ever EU Directive Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence

    [Brussels, 24 April 2024] – The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) extends its heartfelt gratitude to all women’s rights organisations, dedicated frontline activists, survivors, and feminist decision-makers whose unwavering dedication has culminated in the European Parliament’s landmark adoption of the first-ever EU Directive on combating violence against women and domestic violence. This means that all women and girls will have equal minimum rights to protection regardless of where they live in (...) Read more

  • Feminists from all over Europe gather for European Women’s Lobby General Assembly 2024

    Feminists from all over Europe gather for European Women's Lobby General Assembly 2024

    [Brussels, 22 April 2024] The recent General Assembly of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL), held from 19-21 April 2024 in Bucharest, marked a significant moment in the ongoing fight for equality between women and men and women’s rights across Europe. Hosted in collaboration with the Romanian Women’s Lobby, this gathering brought together members from all corners of Europe to strategise, collaborate, and pave the way for a more inclusive and equitable future.
    EWL members came together once (...) Read more

  • Seal the Deal and Adopt the VAW Directive Now

    Seal the Deal and Adopt the VAW Directive Now

    [Brussels, 21 April 2024] Ahead of the last European Parliament Plenary session this week, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) calls on all MEPs to adopt the deal on the Directive on Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence.
    This is the first-ever EU legislation to protect women and girls and respond to the specific needs of its victims.
    We want to be very clear: supporting women’s rights means supporting this Directive now.
    The negotiation process lasted two years – and a much (...) Read more

  • EWL at CSW68

    EWL at CSW68

    The 68th annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68), the largest gathering on gender equality and women’s rights, is taking place from 11 - 22 March 2024 under the priority theme, “Accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective”.
    The EWL delegation will join government representatives, civil society organisations, experts and activists from across the (...) Read more

  • Today, tomorrow and every day - end violence against women and girls in Europe

    Today, tomorrow and every day - end violence against women and girls in Europe

    [7 March 2024, Brussels] On International Women’s Day, the European Women’s Lobby releases its analysis of the agreement on the Directive on combating violence against women and domestic violence, calling for its immediate adoption.
    On this day, we stand in solidarity with millions of women in Europe and globally who have been victims of one or more forms of violence in their lifetime. Although the EU is one of the most developed regions in the world in many aspects, half of its population (...) Read more

  • The European Women’s Lobby is very pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Collins as Secretary General

     The European Women's Lobby is very pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Collins as Secretary General

    [Brussels, 20 February 2024] - The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) proudly announces the appointment since 1 December 2023 of Mary Collins to the position of Secretary General after a successful recruitment process. Mary brings a wealth of expertise and 30 years of experience in economic and social policies, along with a profound dedication to feminism and advocating for women’s rights.
    “When I first joined EWL 30 years ago, we were a team of four with a membership in 12 EU countries. I am so (...) Read more

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