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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.

 

Want to exchange on a renewed Europe? Join the 2nd Citizens Summit in Brussels, 23-24 September 2014

Posted on 25 July 2014

Want to exchange on a renewed Europe? Join the 2nd Citizens Summit in Brussels, 23-24 September 2014

[Brussels, 22 July 2014] Do you want to join other citizens and civil society organisations to exchange about a renewed Europe? to challenge Europe’s growth obsession and propose a more accountable, citizen-oriented, human rights and value based Europe? Then the Citizens Summit is the place for your voice to be heard. Join us on 23-24 September in Brussels !

The European Citizens Summit is an annual conference organised by the EU Civil Society Contact Group, aiming to envision a Europe for and from citizens. In 2014, the second edition of the Citizens Summit is entitled "Beyond the growth obsession - rights, justice and democracy for a renewed Europe" and will gather citizens, activists, NGOs from all over Europe and beyond. On 10 July, a webinar took place to present the Summit and launch its new website citizenssummit.eu.

The Citizens Summit will propose interactive and participative workshops and sessions, to discuss our main demands, about a new Europe for and from citizens: (...)

European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and EWL publish joint letter to oppose European Commission withdrawal intent of Maternity Leave Directive

Posted on 25 July 2014

European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and EWL publish joint letter to oppose European Commission withdrawal intent of Maternity Leave Directive

[Brussels, 14 July 2014] The European Women’s Lobby and ETUC, the European Trade Union Confederations call on Members of the European Parliament to support for the revision of the Maternity Leave Directive.

Dear MEP,

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) representing millions of working women across Europe and the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) representing over 2000 women’s organisations are alarmed that the Commission is considering withdrawing the proposal to strengthen maternity leave and the rights of women who have recently given birth and/or are breastfeeding, commonly referred to as the Maternity Leave or Pregnant Workers’ Directive, as part of its ‘REFIT’ agenda. In view of the Council and Commission statement to be presented at the European Parliament plenary on 15 July we urgently call on you to oppose this proposed withdrawal and to reiterate the Parliament’s support for better maternity rights and its full commitment to work towards a compromise with the Council so (...)

No more excuses. Gender Equality after EU Elections, what’s next?

Posted on 25 July 2014

No more excuses. Gender Equality after EU Elections, what's next?

[Brussels, 14 July 2014] On 9 July the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) welcomed over 120 participants to an event at the European Parliament on women in politics. The event was organized to wrap up the European Women’s Lobby 50/50 campaign 2012-2014, run in collaboration with the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies’ campaign Parity Democracy and supported by a Campaign Core Group of MEP’s from different EU political groups (ALDE, Greens/EFA, GUE-NGL, EPP, S&D).

After a networking lunch and an introductory speech by Susana Elisa Pavlou (Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies) four different panels addressed the outcomes of the 2014 European Parliament elections from a gender perspective. The panels were moderated by journalists Laura Shields (The Media Coach), Tanja Mileska (Euractiv), Sybille Bassler (ZDF) and Gabriele Steinhauser (The Wall Street Journal) and coordinated by Serap Altinisik, from the European Women’s Lobby.

Jessica N. Grounds, Co-founder of Running (...)

No More Excuses. Gender Equality after the EU Elections – What’s next?

European Parliament, Brussels - 9 JULY 2014

Posted on 4 July 2014

No More Excuses. Gender Equality after the EU Elections – What's next?

The final conference of the EWL 50/50 and Parity Democracy for Europe Campaign: No Modern European Democracy without Gender Equality!

Hosted by MEP Ulrike Lunacek, with a video message from Gloria Steinem, American feminist, journalist, social and political activist.

This event will address the outcomes of the 2014 European Parliament elections from a gender perspective and aims to evaluate the impact of the Parity Democracy and EWL 50/50 Campaign.

Newly elected MEPs, governmental bodies, academics, NGOs and journalists will find answers to questions such as: How to ensure elected women are in top positions within the European Parliament? How to mainstream gender equality within the Media? And how to ensure the diversity of women within politics?

With a keynote speech by US speaker Jessica N. Grounds, former Executive Director and Co-Founder of Running Start. She is also the founder and principal strategist for Solid Grounds Strategy, a firm she created to consult women (...)

Threats to withdraw the Maternity Leave Directive: Measures to protect women’s rights are not red tape

The European Women’s Lobby cries scandal as the rhetoric on women’s rights and gender equality takes a blow

Posted on 4 July 2014

Threats to withdraw the Maternity Leave Directive: Measures to protect women's rights are not red tape

[Brussels, 4 July 2014] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL), has learned with dismay about the European Commission’s proposal to withdraw the proposed Maternity Leave Directive, as a gesture of ‘legislative management’ before the new Commission is installed. “This is a classic example of the backlash against women’s rights and gender equality in Europe. It sends a very bad signal to women and men in Europe about how much the EU can do to support real people’s rights and lives.” says Joanna Maycock, EWL Secretary General.

The proposed Maternity Leave Directive was adopted democratically by a large majority of the European Parliament in its first reading on 20 October 2010. It has nonetheless been blocked by Member State governments (Council) for over three years. The proposal provides a number of forward-looking measures including 20 weeks fully paid maternity leave, strengthened measures to protect women from dismissal on return and two weeks fully paid paternity leave also available to (...)

Open Letter to newly designated EC President Mr Jean-Claude Juncker

Posted on 4 July 2014

Open Letter to newly designated EC President Mr Jean-Claude Juncker

European Women’s Lobby calls on the new Commission President to designate a Commissioner for women’s rights and gender equality to achieve gender equality in the next five years.

[Brussels, 4 July 2014]

Dear newly designated President of the European Commission, Dear Mr Juncker,

The European Women’s Lobby (EWL), the largest coalition of women’s organisations in the European Union , comprising of members in all EU Member States and three accession countries, would like to congratulate you on your recent nomination as the next President of the European Commission which is the result of the democratic outcome of the European Parliament elections.

Women represent more than half of the European population and yet continue to be under-represented in decision making at all levels. We hope that you will take this reality into due consideration at the beginning and for the duration of your five-year mandate. Indeed, in your response to our Manifesto published in the run up to the European (...)

Now or never: PARITY in the topjobs of the European Union

Posted on 3 July 2014

Now or never: PARITY in the topjobs of the European Union

[Brussels, 30 June 2014] By the end of last week, the Council of Ministers finally decided to nominate Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission. Following the democratic decision taken by the European voters, giving the majority to the European People’s Party, it was a necessary step. But having now nominated a man as the President of the Commission one of the most influential positions at the EU institutions, we urge the Member States to use the opportunity to establish an equal representation of women and men in EU institutions by equally appointing women and men to the other 30 top-positions of the Union: 28 Commissioners, President of the Parliament and President of the Council of Ministers as well as the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

As Parity is one of European Women’s Lobby (EWL) main demands of the 50/50 campaign, we continue urging national governments to propose one women and one man for each Commissioner (...)

Nordic Forum launches new action for women’s rights!

Posted on 20 June 2014

Nordic Forum launches new action for women's rights!

[Malmö, 15 June 2014] From 12 to 15 June 2014, almost 20 000 feminists met in Malmö (Sweden) during the Nordic Forum, to shape new strategies towards the realisation of equality between women and men, in the framework of the discussions on the 20 years of the Beijing Platform for Action.

20 years after the first Nordic Forum "Women’s Life and Work - Joy and Freedom" in 1994 in Finland, and 10 years after the Nordic seminar "Equal opportunities - for WoMen", the event was initiated by several of EWL members (the Swedish Women’s Lobby, Nytkis - Finland, the Danish Women’s Council) and saw the participation of dozens of Nordic organisations from all fields, dedicated to gender equality and women’s empowerment, as well as representatives from numerous different sectors including activist networks, government, academia and private enterprise.

During 4 days, women and men committed to or interested in women’s rights had the opportunity to discuss with new partners, discover new perspectives, (...)

Call for applications: EWL internships, Sept-Dec and Oct-Dec 2014

Posted on 20 June 2014

Call for applications: EWL internships, Sept-Dec and Oct-Dec 2014

[Brussels, 6 June 2014] The European Women’s Lobby is looking for two interns (paid) to join the team of EWL Secretariat in Brussels, one from September to December 2014, and one from 20 September to December 2014. Please read carefully the application form, the conditions and job description enclosed here, and send back your application by 22 June 2014. Thanks and good luck!

Gender equality making slow progress within the European Union

EC annual study 2013 on the progress of gender equality

Posted on 16 June 2014

Gender equality making slow progress within the European Union

[Brussels, 12 July 2014] The European Commission (EC) released their annual study on the progress of gender equality within the 28 European Union Member States on April 14th, 2014. The study is based on the five priority areas outlined in the Commission’s Strategy for equality between women and men in 2010-2015; equal economic independence; equal pay for equal work and work of equal value; equality in decision-making; dignity, integrity and ending gender-based violence and gender equality in external action policy.

The Commission’s annual gender equality report provides an overview of the main EU policy and legal developments in the field of gender equality during the last year, as well as examples of policies and actions taken by the member states in order to increase gender equality. The report showcases some progress resulting from EU actions, for example women’s labour market participation has increased from 58% of women in the workforce in 2002 to 63% in 2013. Nevertheless, in (...)

 

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