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  • Time to listen to us!

    Time to listen to us!

    [Brussels, 25 April 2016] On Monday 18 April 2016, a special event took place in Brussels at the historical feminist building “Amazone” in the district of Saint-Josse-ten-Noode. Activists from two women’s organisations came together to exchange over the challenges and backlashes that EU’s Enlargement to the East, in Central European, Baltic and Western Balkan States have generated as regards women’s rights.
    The EWL task force for Central European, Baltic and Balkan States, together with Kvinna (...) Read more

  • Inspiring and fruitful #womensvoices Forum on violence against refugee women and girls

    Inspiring and fruitful #womensvoices Forum on violence against refugee women and girls

    [Brussels, 21 April 2016] On Wednesday 19 April, women’s organisations, NGOs, decision-makers and foundations gathered in Brussels at the #womensvoices Forum, to discuss the issue of violence against refugee women and girls. Hosted by the European Foundation Centre, and through both plenary exchange and interactive group discussions, the event delivered concrete and creative outcomes in terms of feminist demands for women and girls refugees and asylum seekers.
    From January to June 2016, the (...) Read more

  • Join the event "Why women will save the planet", Brussels, 23 May

    Join the event "Why women will save the planet", Brussels, 23 May

    [Brussels, 27 April 2016] Friends of the Earth and the European Women’s Lobby are happy to invite you to the book launch & panel debate of ’Why Women Will Save the Planet’ (by Friends of the Earth). We are delighted to partner with Friends of the Earth for the event, which provides an inspiring follow-up to our work on women and the environment. Last June, we hold a webinar on the issue, as part of our Beijing+20 Year of Action, and last November we issued our recommendations to COP21. (...) Read more

  • Historical day for women’s rights: France chooses the abolition of the system of prostitution!

    Historical day for women's rights: France chooses the abolition of the system of prostitution!

    [Brussels, 6 April 2016] [Version française ici] The vote of the French National Assembly today opens a new page in the history of victories for humanist and feminist associations: by adopting the law aiming to reinforce the fight against the system of prostitution and to support persons in prostitution, France reaffirms essential values for equality between women and men, dignity and solidarity. And positions itself on the side of prostituted persons, by recognizing the system which (...) Read more

  • Journée historique pour les droits des femmes : la France choisit l’abolition du système prostitutionnel !

    Journée historique pour les droits des femmes : la France choisit l'abolition du système prostitutionnel !

    [Communiqué de presse du LEF, Bruxelles, le 6 avril 2016] Le vote de l’Assemblée nationale française ouvre aujourd’hui une nouvelle page dans l’histoire des victoires historiques pour les associations humanistes et féministes : en adoptant la loi visant à renforcer la lutte contre le système prostitutionnel et à accompagner les personnes prostituées, la France réaffirme des valeurs essentielles pour l’égalité femmes-hommes, la dignité et la solidarité. Et se positionne du côté des personnes prostituées, (...) Read more

  • EWL and the Brussels’ Call celebrate the adoption of the French law on the abolition of prostitution

    EWL and the Brussels' Call celebrate the adoption of the French law on the abolition of prostitution

    [Brussels, 6 April 2016] Today, the European Women’s Lobby and all signatories of the Brussels’ Call celebrated the adoption by France of a law abolishing the system of prostitution. During the day, abolitionist organisations and activists expressed their support through social media, with group photos and the hashtags #goFrance #AbolitionProstitution. From Norway to Portugal, the USA to Serbia, Canada to Ireland and many other countries, the abolitionist movement strongly welcomes the French (...) Read more

  • NEW video for EWL’s WEstart project

    NEW video for EWL's WEstart project

    [Brussels 6 April 2016] The European Women’s Lobby and partner foundation CHANEL will unveil a new short video on women-led social enterprise in Europe at high-level Impact2 event at the City Hall in Paris
    On Thursday April 7th, the European Women’s Lobby will be in Paris to present their groundbreaking study on women-led social enterprise WEstart: Mapping Women’s Social Entrepreneurship in Europe to the Mayor of Paris at the 5th annual Impact² Forum, held at the City Hall of Paris.
    Thanks to (...) Read more

  • Launch of abolitionist platform in Austria: welcome StoppSexkauf!

    Launch of abolitionist platform in Austria: welcome StoppSexkauf!

    [Brussels, 5 April 2016] On 18 February 2016, Vienna saw the birth of a new platform of associations dedicated to the abolition of the system of prostitution: Initiative Stopp Sexkauf gathers women’s organisations, front-lines NGOs, youth network and men mobilising against the sex trade, all advocating for the Nordic Model in Austria as a way to foster gender equality and reduce sex trafficking.
    Hosted by the Swedish Embassy, the event gathered a lot of participants, decision-makers, (...) Read more

  • News from EWL-WRC project: From conflict to peace? Women’s and girls’ voices on the move

    News from EWL-WRC project: From conflict to peace? Women's and girls' voices on the move

    [Brussels, 8 February 2016, update 5 April 2016] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) and the Women Refugee Commission (WRC) have decided to work together to raise awareness on the situation of women and girls in Europe fleeing conflict. European and national policies are gender blind to the reality faced by women and girls on the road, especially when it comes to the different forms of violence they face at all stages of their journey towards peace. With the #womensvoices project, the EWL and (...) Read more

  • Turkey: ’Women’s initiative for peace’ campaign #Room4Life

    Turkey: 'Women's initiative for peace' campaign #Room4Life

    [Istanbul, 23 March 2016] Our members in Turkey share this online campaign for peace: #Room4Life on INDIEGOGO. This online campaign, wants to provide support for the rebuilding of towns in the Kurdish region in Turkey, destroyed during recent curfews.
    "We are women from the Women’s Peace Initiative in Turkey. We are concerned about the fate of families who have been displaced as a result of the destruction caused by the Turkish Armed Forces in towns in the Kurdish region in their drive to (...) Read more

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