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  • Equality Model Now!

    Equality Model Now!

    [12 July 2023, Strasbourg] Some MEPs supporting the Equality Model joined the European Women’s Lobby for a photocall to celebrate the adoption of the Initiative report on prostitution that took place in the FEMM Committee on 27 June. We count on the rest of MEPs to confirm this position and to deliver a similarly powerful message for women and girls during the September plenary session vote. In Europe, women account for 90% of persons in prostitution and 87% of victims of trafficking of (...) Read more

  • Meet Iliana Balabanova, EWL’s new President!

    Meet Iliana Balabanova, EWL's new President!

    On 11 June 2023, the Board of Administration of the European Women’s Lobby elected a new President for 2023-2025.
    We are pleased to welcome and introduce Iliana Balabanova, President and cofounder of the Bulgarian Platform of the EWL, as our new President!
    Before jumping into tackling the many tasks that come with her new role, Iliana shared with us her background, motivation and vision for the feminist movement in Europe and globally. From growing up in socialist Bulgaria to establishing (...) Read more

  • A busy weekend for women’s rights - 100 feminist activists gather in Brussels

    A busy weekend for women's rights - 100 feminist activists gather in Brussels

    [Brussels, 8 June 2023] This weekend from 9-11 June 2023, over 100 feminist activists from across Europe will come together for EWL’s annual General Assembly.
    The EWL members will meet in person in Brussels for the first time after several years of online meetings. Following the exciting and long awaited news about the EU accession to the Istanbul Convention and amidst the ongoing negotiations around the proposal for the EU Directive on combating violence against women and domestic (...) Read more

  • EWL Gender Budgeting Toolkit now translated into eight new languages

    EWL Gender Budgeting Toolkit now translated into eight new languages

    Gender budgeting is a method to address gender inequalities. It recognises that budgets impact women’s and men’s lives differently, and that women face specific obstacles resulting from the historical, traditional and stereotypical distribution of power and labour. Not taking these differences into account when planning public budgets often inadvertently perpetuates gender inequalities.
    The European Women’s Lobby and its members have been working to demystify gender budgeting concepts through (...) Read more

  • Towards Equality: calling on the EU to legislate against all forms of violence against women and girls, including prostitution and sexual exploitation

    Towards Equality: calling on the EU to legislate against all forms of violence against women and girls, including prostitution and sexual exploitation

    [Brussels, 16 December 2022] At the dawn of the European Parliament’s discussions on the Directive on combating violence against women and domestic violence and as an initiative report on the cross-border implications of prostitution will be introduced to MEPs at the beginning of 2023, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) and the Brussels’Call launch the ‘Towards Equality - Progress,challenges and next steps’ briefing paper. Completing the ‘Her Future is Equal’ briefing paper, this new brochure (...) Read more

  • Olga Rudenko, Editor-in-Chief at Kyiv Independent, wins Woman of Europe Award

    Olga Rudenko, Editor-in-Chief at Kyiv Independent, wins Woman of Europe Award

    [Brussels, 8 December 2022] "We are not just defending our people and our land. We are defending the European values that we share with you. We are defending the ideas that Europe stands for. And in doing so, we need your support. We need it to grow and continue. Please, keep talking about Ukraine. Keep thinking about Ukraine. Keep helping Ukraine. And keep standing with Ukraine. Slava Ukraini,” said Olga Rudenko in her powerful acceptance speech.
    In the ceremony held this evening, Olga (...) Read more

  • EWL’s Young Women’s Workshop

    EWL's Young Women's Workshop

    We regret to inform you that this workshop has been cancelled this year due to health complications in our team. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and hope to see the registered participants in our future activities. On 13 December 2022, the EWL will hold a one day workshop for and with young women. The workshop will take place online and offer participants an (...) Read more

  • Women’s Poverty on the Rise – the Time to Act is Now!

    Women's Poverty on the Rise – the Time to Act is Now!

    [Brussels, 17 October 2022] As the cost of living and inflation keep soaring, women’s poverty is yet again on the rise across Europe. It is urgent to address the structural gendered causes of poverty and social exclusion.
    The Feminisation of Poverty
    Poverty and social exclusion are intrinsically gendered. According to Eurostat, there are currently 64,6 million women and 57,6 million men living in poverty in the EU. The pervasive nature of gender inequalities and the uncontested (...) Read more

  • European Women’s Lobby moves to invite Ukrainian and Moldovan organisations as members

    European Women's Lobby moves to invite Ukrainian and Moldovan organisations as members

    [Brussels, 4 July 2022] On 10 - 12 June 2022, over 120 feminists from all parts of Europe met online for the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) annual General Assembly and Board meetings. The General Assembly is the most important moment of the year for our organisation as EWL members representing a total of more than 2000 organisations come together and decide on the way to advance the feminist agenda in Europe in the coming year.
    During these few dynamic days, we discussed the organisation’s (...) Read more

  • EWL reiterates its call for full access to abortion for all women in the EU and worldwide

    EWL reiterates its call for full access to abortion for all women in the EU and worldwide

    [Brussels, 19 May 2022] Worried by the latest deeply concerning news in the EU, at its borders and in the United States, EWL reiterates its call to make safe abortion legally and practically accessible to all women and girls in Europe and worldwide.
    In all parts of the world, many obstacles have been hindering women’s access to abortion services, ranging from the conscientious objection used by medical practitioners to the lack of reimbursement of the needed drugs or operation. Women’s (...) Read more

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EWL event "Progress towards a Europe free from all forms of male violence" to mark the 10th aniversary of the Istanbul Convention, 12 May 2021.

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