• UNESCO Conference in Paris: Fostering Women’s Empowerment and Leadership

    UNESCO Conference in Paris: Fostering Women's Empowerment and Leadership

    In June Barbara Cleary EWL Managing Committee member and member of UK Joint Committee on Women in the UK represented EWL at a high level conference in Paris organised by UNESCO - Fostering Women’s Empowerment and Leadership. This is her story.
    Gender equality is one of UNESCO’s two global priorities. Throughout the day we celebrated UNESCO’s achievements and the achievements of those participating in the conference and identified promising pathways for inclusive and innovative UNESCO (...) Read more

  • The Dutch Elections 2017 from a feminist perspective

    The Dutch Elections 2017 from a feminist perspective

    Blogpost written by the Dutch members Nederlandse Vrouwenraad Working group on Women in Politics: Marion Minis, Mieke Bakker-Mantjes and Renee van Laar. The results of the recent Dutch parliamentary elections on March 15, 2017 contributed to a trend of decreasing women’s participation in national Dutch politics: The number of women MP’s in the Netherlands has climbed steadily from 21 (14%) in 1977 towards 61 (41%) in 2010, to slowly fall back. The results of the elections in 2012 (58 (...) Read more

  • Elif Shafak "We need more sisterhood in the world, now more than ever!"

    Elif Shafak "We need more sisterhood in the world, now more than ever!"

    In preparation for our FemTALK, we sought to invite all kinds of different voices who combined feminisms in their art. From the onset, we had one person in mind that we wanted to invite to Brussels and talk about their craft. Elif Shafak, one of the pioneering voices in Turkish literature, is an award-winning novelist, political commentator, public speaker and academic, who writes in both Turkish and English as well as combines Western and Eastern cultures of storytelling. She tackles the (...) Read more

  • 10 Actions of Resistance to Take After the Women’s Marches. We’ve starting rising up… what’s next?

    10 Actions of Resistance to Take After the Women's Marches. We've starting rising up… what's next?

    [Brussels, 7 February 2017] European Women’s Lobby’s Joanna Maycock shares her top ten things you can do NOW to make a difference.
    Like so many others, over the past few weeks, the staff and members of the European Women’s Lobby have been out on the streets, making our voices heard.
    Joining millions of women all around the world, we took to the streets to raise awareness about the denial of women’s human rights, about the continuing economic and social inequality women face, and about the (...) Read more

  • Takeaways from the AWID Forum

    Takeaways from the AWID Forum

    [Brussels, 11 October 2016] It’s been exactly a month since AWID’s 13th International Feminist Forum, which took place in Brazil. The European Women’s Lobby’s (EWL) Programme Director, Serap Altinisik, reflects on the conference and shares with us what lessons and memories she brought back with her to Brussels.
    Takeaways from the AWID Forum
    I had the privilege of participating on behalf of EWL at the AWID’s (an international, feminist, membership organisation) 13th International Feminist (...) Read more

  • Competition or cooperation? Global women’s solidarity is needed more than ever

    Competition or cooperation? Global women's solidarity is needed more than ever

    [Brussels, 1 September 2016] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) is delighted to participate at the AWID Forum which will take place from the 8 – 11 September in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. AWID is not only a key actor in advancing gender equality, but its forum is one of the most anticipated gatherings in women’s rights activism worldwide. AWID provides a unique opportunity for the women’s movement to develop global strategies that respond to emerging trends.
    We are proud to host a session at (...) Read more

  • Justice for Berta!

    Justice for Berta!

    [Brussels, 6 April 2016, Blogpost by Irene Rosales, EWL Policy & Campaigns Officer] All over the world, environmental and women’s rights organisations have raised jointly their voices to firmly condemn the dreadful murder of Berta Cáceres, Honduran human rights and environmental defender, in early March. Berta’s death has highlighted the continuing impunity for threats and attacks against all human rights defenders and the lack of laws for their protection. Strong reactions and (...) Read more

  • It is all about gender

    It is all about gender

    [Brussels 2 February, 2015] The sexual attacks that took place in several cities in Europe during New Year’s celebration one month ago has sent shockwaves throughout Europe. How could women experience such terrible violence in a public space filled with people for New Year in a modern European city? How can the response of the authorities, police and politicians alike have been so inadequate and inappropriate? Some have sadly used these attacks as an excuse to lame refuges and migrants more (...) Read more

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