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The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) is the largest umbrella organisation of women’s associations in the European Union (EU), working to promote women’s rights and equality between women and men. EWL membership extends to organisations in all 28 EU member states and the three candidate countries, as well as to 20 European-wide bodies, representing a total of more than 2000 organisations.

 

Time to gear up ahead of the European elections!

You can vote for gender equality and make sure that women’s rights are a priority on the European agenda!

Posted on 23 April 2014

Time to gear up ahead of the European elections!

[Brussels, 23 April 2014] In four weeks European voters will elect a new European Parliament (EP) and will give a sign what kind of Europe they wish. If you want that women’s rights high on the agenda in the coming five years, take part and join the 5050 campaign.

The European Women’s Lobby with its 5050 campaign “No Modern European Democracy without Gender Equality” ahead of the elections is drawing attention to the under representation of women in policy decision-making positions across Europe.

We are asking women and men to take the opportunity of the European elections to vote for candidates who are eager to ensure gender equality at all levels in the EU. It is about democracy and fairness to include the demands and wishes of the whole of the society into decisions which have an impact on all - on women and men, girls and boys. A Europe without a gender lens is a Europe which leaves more than 50% of its citizens aside!

Women are still seriously underrepresented in political (...)

Week-5: Parity democracy

Posted on 18 April 2014

Week-5: Parity democracy

[Brussels, April 17, 2014] 5 weeks before the European elections, the European Women’s Lobby explains, week after week, the demands of its Manifesto "Act now for her future, commit to gender equality!"

The fourth demand of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL), the largest umbrella organisation of women’s associations in the European Union, is to ensure equal representation of women and men in decision-making positions at all levels in the EU. Therefore, the European Women’s Lobby calls for parity democracy where the whole of the society is mirrored and the demands and needs of all European citizens, women and men, are taken into consideration when decisions are taken on their behalf.

In five weeks European voters will elect the new European Parliament (EP) and the new European Commission (EC) will be nominated. The European Council will also nominate a European High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the President of the European Council for the second time. (...)

Are you ready to commit to gender equality? The EWL Manifesto explained #EP2014

Week -6: A Europe free from violence against women

Posted on 11 April 2014

Are you ready to commit to gender equality? The EWL Manifesto explained #EP2014

[Brussels, 11 April 2014] 6 weeks before the European elections, the European Women’s Lobby explains, week after week, the demands of its Manifesto "Act now for her future, commit to gender equality!". The third demand of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL), the largest umbrella organisation of women’s associations in the European Union, is a Europe free from violence against women.

The results of the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) European wide survey on violence against women published in March 2014 show the wide and extremely high prevalence of violence against women: one in three women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15; one in five women has experienced stalking; every second woman has been confronted with one or more forms of sexual harassment. Violence against women is far too high everywhere in Europe: urgent change is needed. However, the results are not shocking to the EWL who has been warning about the high scale of all the different forms (...)

European Women’s Lobby stands up for the right of women to decide over their lives

Posted on 11 April 2014

European Women's Lobby stands up for the right of women to decide over their lives

[Brussels, 8 April 2014] On the afternoon of Friday 4 April 2014, more than 50 national women’s rights organisations, members of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) representing a total of more than 2000 organisations from all over Europe, were in Brussels to stand up together for the right of women to decide over their lives.

The fundamental right of women to abort is under threat in Europe.

In Spain, the Council of Ministers has approved a bill that would result in dramatically restrict the right to abortion (except in case of declared rapes of when the woman’s health in at serious risk). It would only cover 8% of the current case of abortion.

In Lithuania, the Parliament will apparently adopt a draft law, known as the “abortion ban bill”, at the end of this spring session. In that case, abortion will be a criminal act, punishable for up to 3 years imprisonment.

Despite the law allowing abortion since 1978, it is getting particularly difficult to abort in Italy. In fact, (...)

Alert on backlash against women’s rights: EWL delegation meets Commissioner Reding and cabinet member of EU President Van Rompuy

Posted on 11 April 2014

Alert on backlash against women's rights: EWL delegation meets Commissioner Reding and cabinet member of EU President Van Rompuy

[Brussels, 9 April 2014] A delegation of members of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) met with two key representatives of the European Union to discuss gender equality. On Friday 4 April, they met with Ms Sarah Nelen from the cabinet of the President of the European Union, Mr Herman Van Rompuy. On Wednesday 9 April, they met with EU Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Viviane Reding. On both occasions, the EWL delegation, headed by EWL President Viviane Teitelbaum, delivered a strong message calling on reinforced commitment of the European institutions to achieve gender equality and protect and promote women’s rights.

At the meeting with Ms Sarah Nelen, EWL members highlighted the growing attacks on women’s rights, materialising through a backlash of policies denying gender equality and especially women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, and detrimental effects of the crisis and austerity measures on women’s lives and institutional mechanisms for gender equality. They also (...)

EWL members meet in Brussels, discuss Beijing+20 and share successful actions

Posted on 11 April 2014

EWL members meet in Brussels, discuss Beijing+20 and share successful actions

[Brussels, 8 April 2014] Last weekend, the members of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) met in Brussels to discuss EWL’s strategic objectives and actions. A fruitful meeting, with many ideas, exchange of good practices and information, and strengthening of EWL solidarity for women’s rights and gender equality in Europe.

On Friday afternoon, EWL members called for the respect of abortion right for all women in Europe, through a public action in front of the European Parliament. "My body, my decisions" action aims at raising awareness on the recurrent attacks on women’s rights and calling for stronger European commitment to realise gender equality.

On Saturday, EWL members discussed the 12 priority themes of the Beijing Platform for Action. Endorsed in 1995 during the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, the Platform for Action is an agenda for women’s empowerment and delivers strong commitment to realise gender equality and promote women’s rights. A review process has been (...)

Are you ready to commit to gender equality? The EWL Manifesto explained #EP2014

Week -7: Sustainable funding for gender equality

Posted on 3 April 2014

Are you ready to commit to gender equality? The EWL Manifesto explained #EP2014

[Brussels, 4 April 2014] 7 weeks before the European elections, the European Women’s Lobby explains, week after week, the demands of its Manifesto "Act now for her future, commit to gender equality!". The second demand of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL), the largest umbrella organisation of women’s associations in the European Union, is sustainable funding for gender equality.

Budgets mirror political priorities. Therefore, sustainable funding mechanisms and resources to strengthen women’s rights and gender equality reflect the true extent of political commitments to ensuring long term sustainable development in Europe and in the world. The EWL calls for sustainable funding for gender equality by ensuring that budgets are gender sensitive, environmentally sustainable and promotes social cohesion.

The EWL will be closely monitoring the new European Parliament (EP) as they decide on future priorities and corresponding spending allocations in the next mandate. The European Parliament (...)

Are you ready to commit to gender equality? The EWL Manifesto explained #EP2014

Week -8: A comprehensive framework to achieve gender equality

Posted on 28 March 2014

Are you ready to commit to gender equality? The EWL Manifesto explained #EP2014

[Brussels, 28 March 2014] 8 weeks before the European elections, the European Women’s Lobby explains, week after week, the demands of its Manifesto "Act now for her future, commit to gender equality!". The first demand of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL), the largest umbrella organisation of women’s associations in the European Union, is a comprehensive framework to achieve gender equality.

The European Union (EU) has led the way on gender equality on a series of issues, through legislative acts and support to national developments. The EU legal framework for gender equality comprises directives calling for equal treatment on the basis of sex in the field of employment, and good and services. This includes equal pay for equal work, employment rights, an end to sexual harassment at work and to discrimination in goods and services. We now have tools for the protection of women victims of violence against women (the victims’ rights directive and the European protection order) and more (...)

Gloria Steinem supports 50/50 campaign

Posted on 28 March 2014

Gloria Steinem supports 50/50 campaign

[Brussels, 28 March 2014] Feminst icon Gloria Steinem turned 80 this week and the European Women’s Lobby is very proud to announce Ms Steinem’s support for the 50/50 campaign.

The 50/50 Campaign “No Modern European Democracy without Gender Equality”, is supported by a cross-party Alliance of a Core Group of MEP’s and aims to raise awareness for the lack of equal representation of women in decision-making positions and demands all relevant stakeholders to take concrete steps in order to increase women’s participation ahead of the upcoming European elections.

“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning."Gloria Steinem’s signature" Quote by Ms Steinem on gloriasteinem.com.

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Watch and share the video of ONE BILLION RISING Brussels 2014

Posted on 28 March 2014

Watch and share the video of ONE BILLION RISING Brussels 2014

[Brussels, 28 March 2013] The European Women’s Lobby presents One Billion Rising for Justice Brussels 2014, the video. With this video, the EWL thanks you all again for taking part in this amazing global campaign of ONE BILLION RISING (OBR), initiated by V-Day.

One Billion Rising 2014 was a great success this year in Brussels! Despite the rain, the cold and the transport strike, a committed crowd of people rose, danced and spoke out to end violence against women and to demand justice for its victims.

In front of the Palais de Justice we made the heart of Brussels beat for justice! There was live music by Clinik du Dr. Poembak, Mary Anne Struthers, an amazing acrobatic espectacle by Chorro el Toro and we all sang and danced on the EWL song "Rise up! Stand Up!". Also, L’athénée Royale Uccle 1 did an extraordinary flashmob on the OBR song"Break the chains".

We also collected testimonies of women victims of violence and symbolically put all the testimonies in red suitcases in front (...)

 

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