Posted on 24 April 2015
[Brussells, 17 April 2015] Article by COFACE whom we are joining forces with to unblock the EU Maternity Leave Directive.
We finally have some news about the EU Maternity Leave Directive – and it’s pretty desperate. But let us quickly recap what happened until now:
– the EU Maternity leave Directive was originally adopted in 1992, introducing measures to encourage improvements in the safety and health at work of pregnant workers, and workers who recently gave birth or are breastfeeding.
– There was a revision of this Directive, and as any Directive (aka binding legislation at EU level), it has to go through the co-decision procedure, which means, that the European Commission initiates, it goes for a 1st reading to the European Parliament, then to the Council (member states), and comes back for a 2nd reading to the European Parliament, after which it goes back to the Council for the final adoption.
Under normal circumstances this is a lengthy, but thorough process, and takes about (...)
Posted on 24 April 2015
[Brussels, 15 April 2015] Ahead of the EC Forum on the Future of Gender Equality, the European Women’s Lobby calls on the European Commission and the EU Member States to deliver a concrete and ambitious EU new Strategy for Equality between women and men. You can download the Briefing here.
2015 is a turning time for women’s and girls’ human rights, in Europe and globally. The international community celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, a founding human rights instrument for women and girls adopted by all United Nations (UN) Member States in 1995. At international level, a new global post-2015 framework for development will be adopted, which should put women’s rights and equality between women and men at its centre.
More importantly, in 2015, the European Union (EU) will adopt a new Strategy for action on equality between women and men for the coming 5 years. Women’s organisations call on the European Commission and the EU Member States to adopt such (...)
Posted on 21 April 2015
[Brussels, 21 April 2014] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) members, President Viviane Teitelbaum & the EWL team in Brussels invite you to to celebrate 25 years of feminist action and activism in Europe and at the international level!
Founded in 1990 by 12 national member organisations, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) is one of the oldest and best established European-level civil society NGOs. Over the last 25 years, it has become the largest umbrella organisation of women’s associations in the European Union, working to promote women’s rights and equality between women and men, and representing a total of more than 2000 organisations across 31 European countries.
29.05.2015 Start 20:00 VENUE LA FABBRICA Avenue du port 86c Bt 5 Tour & Taxis METRO YSER BRUSSELS www.lafabbrica.be FACEBOOK EVENT
With The Choir // La Chorale " Zamaan Awsa "
The choir " Zamaan Awsa " is constantly evolving and brings together women from different backgrounds who sing in Arabic in a secular and (...)
Posted on 1 April 2015
[Brussels, 1 April 2015] Did you know that one in ten women in Europe doesn’t have access to care in the first months of pregnancy? that abortion is still not legal in Cyprus, Ireland, Malta and Poland, forcing women to face the health risks of unsafe illegal abortion? that between the ages of 25 and 40, women are three times more likely than men to suffer from depression, the higher rate being at times when they have their babies?
In April, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) focuses on Women and Health, as part of its Beijing+20 campaign. Read and share EWL’s factsheet on Women and Health, which is part of EWL report “From words to action” and comprise our key demands to the European Union and the Member States.
All our members mobilise throughout Europe to make 2015 a critical year towards the realisation of all commitments of the Beijing Platform for Action. Women and girls rights cannot wait 20 more years to enjoy their full women’s rights! At all levels, you can take action. (...)
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 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!
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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 (...)