Posted on 27 March 2015
[Brussels, 26 March 2015]
2015 is an important year for the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) and for the women’s rights movement globally. The European Women’s Lobby is celebrating 25 years of action for equality between women in men in all spheres: social, economic, and political. The international community is also celebrating and reflecting on the progress achieved in the 20 years following the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action at the fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. The 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women recently took place in New York where representatives met to discuss current challenges that affect its implementation.
Women in power and decision-making positions represent one of the strategic objectives of the Beijing Platform for Action. Article 13 of the Declaration states: “Women’s empowerment and their full participation on the basis of equality in all spheres of society, including participation in the decision-making process and (...)
Posted on 24 March 2015
[Brussels, 24 March 2015] This morning, the European Women’s Lobby and ILGA-Europe, the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association sent an Open Letter to European Commission Vice President Timmermans and European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality on the topic of the promised EU LGBTI strategy and the EU Strategy for Equality between Women and Men. Read the letter here.
Dear Vice President Timmermans,
We are writing to you today to confirm your active support for both the promised EU LGBTI strategy and the EU Strategy for Equality between Women and Men. Commissioner Jourova has publically committed on several occasions in front of the European Parliament to advancing both these important and complimentary strategies. We are aware that the College of Commissioners will very soon make a decision on which initiatives to pursue in 2015. It would send a very bad signal to citizens of Europe and to stakeholders (...)
Posted on 19 March 2015
[Brussels and New York, 19 March 2015] When meeting in March 2015 in New York, in the framework of the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59), UN member states were expected to reaffirm their commitment to realise women’s and girls’ human rights and to take step further to accelerate progress.
Twenty years after the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action by the international community, the political declaration adopted on 9 March fails to address the expectations of women’s organisations and the reality of women and girls in this planet. The political declaration is not an ambitious, serious and forward-looking commitment and raises severe concerns for women’s organisations.
Women’s and girls’ human rights are universal goals, which cannot tolerate any exception, justification or excuse. Peaceful and sustainable development cannot be achieved if half the planet’s population is not fully enjoying their human rights. CSW59 was a unique chance to deliver (...)
Posted on 18 March 2015
This survey is a key component of the EWL’s #WEstart project, a year-long, first of its kind research project that looks at the state of women’s social entrepreneurship in 10 countries in Europe.
Your feedback will help the EWL ensure that national & EU level policy makers understand more about women’s social entrepreneurship, in order to better support women social entrepreneurs throughout Europe (AND you can win a trip to Brussels!) The survey will available in other languages in the coming weeks!
Posted on 16 March 2015
[New York, 15 March 2015] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) was very active during the first week of the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59). This yearly meeting of UN governments to discuss women’s rights was dedicated to the celebration of the 20 years of the Beijing Platform for Action. You will find here a summary of the activities of the EWL during this CSW59.
Women’s organisations disappointed by the UN governments’ weak commitment
On the first day of CSW59, UN governments adopted a political declaration in which they reiterate their commitment to realise women’s rights and empowerment. Women’s organisations from all over the planet are disappointed by the lack of ambition of the declaration, by the watering down of the language and the reluctance to recognise the critical role of women’s NGOs and activists in the common struggle towards equality between women and men. Read the official press release here, and a reaction of women’s organisations.
Posted on 15 March 2015
[Brussels, 2 March 2015] Did you know that only five Member States have a separate designated body for the promotion of equal treatment of women and men? That in 2012, only two Member States used gender mainstreaming widely for drafting laws, policy programmes, actions plans and projects?
In March, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) focuses on Institutional Mechanisms for the Advancement of Women, as part of its Beijing+20 campaign. Read and share EWL’s factsheet about Institutional Mechanisms, which is part of EWL report “From words to action” and comprise our key demands to the European Union and the Member States.
This month, we will also celebrate International Women’s Day. Watch out for our press release on 8th March and for our video on Beijing+20 with all our Board members!
This month, we also have an extra factsheet ‘Migrant women’s rights are women’s rights’ (in English, in French), as we want to give visibility to the situation of migrant women in Europe, together with our (...)
Posted on 15 March 2015
[Brussels, 8 March 2015] International Women’s Day 2015 is a key momentum to make a change for all women & girls! Watch EWL members #Beijing20 VIDEO MESSAGE to all UN member states for the new post-2015 agenda!!!
Today, International Women’s Day is an instrumental date for women and girls, but also for the whole human community and our planet. This year, UN governments have several key dates to make a change for all of us, to end inequalities, combat climate change and tackle poverty. A new sustainable future for all of us will happen only if we have a vision of an international community sharing resources, leaving in peace, helping each other, protecting the planet and caring for the next generations. Women and girls are at the core of such transformation and their full human rights have to be realised if we really care for equality, global justice, peace and solidarity.
This year is also the commemoration of the 20 years of the Beijing Platform for Action. Watch below EWL (...)
Posted on 15 March 2015
[Brussels, 11 March 2015] Civil society and human rights organisations welcome the adoption of the Report on Equality between women and men in the EU (2013) authored by MEP Marc Tarabella. Despite numerous falsehoods and emotional manipulation spread by anti-human-rights organisations about the Report, the European Parliament has clearly affirmed its will to combat gender-discrimination in Europe.
Adopted with a comfortable majority of 441 votes in favour and 205 votes against, this report addresses persistent and increasing deadlocks on gender equality and proposes actions on a wide range of issues: developing childcare facilities; combating stereotypes against female employment; reducing gender pay and pension gaps; establishing paid paternity leave to enable men and fathers to achieve a better work-life balance and raising awareness on violence against women with a European year dedicated to this issue.
Importantly also, MEPs have clearly agreed that women must have control (...)
Posted on 15 March 2015
[Brussels, 5 March 2015] Open letter to EU Ministers of Employment, Social Affairs and Gender Equality, all European decision-makers.
At the eve of International Women’s Day (8 March), the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) calls on you to save the Maternity Leave Directive, which has been on the table since 2010 and is threatened to be withdrawn by the European Commission, in the name of red tape. We call on you to act immediately to send a positive message to women all over Europe that you care about their health and safety and their rights when pregnant, and on return to work after child-birth. We invite you to accept the proposal of the European Parliament to set up a Working Group to break the deadlock and resume negotiations.
The threat to remove the Maternity Leave Directive from the legislative process is serious as it negates Europe’s rhetoric on its commitment to gender equality and effective work-life balance for women and men in Europe. Adopting a stronger Maternity Leave (...)
Posted on 27 February 2015
[Brussels, 23 February 2015] The European Women’s Lobby, the European Network of Migrant Women and La Voix des Femmes invite you to a screening of the documentary This is My Home Now by Saddie Choua.
This event in the opening night of the Semaine des Femmes // Week van de Vrouw in Brussels. Find the full programme here.
With introductory words by the Alderman/Echevin for Equal Opportunities of Brussels Mohamed Ouriaghli, President of the EWL Viviane Teitelbaum, filmmaker Saddie Choua and one of the women portrayed in the documentary & Chair of the European Network of Migrant Women Anna Zobnina.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A session and a small reception.
Please register via Egalité des chances : 02/279 21 10 or email@example.com
About the film
A film by Saddie Choua
Produced by the European Women’s Lobby and the European Network of Migrant Women
English-French, Subtitled in English, French and Dutch
‘This is My Home Now’ follows the (...)