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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.

 

Join the event “Women’s rights, violence against women and prostitution: the Nordic model as an inspiration for gender equality”, 8 December 2014

Co-organised by the EWL and the Mission of Norway to the EU

Posted on 21 November 2014

Join the event “Women's rights, violence against women and prostitution: the Nordic model as an inspiration for gender equality”, 8 December 2014

[Brussels, 20 November 2014] The issue of violence against women, prostitution and women’s human rights has been high on the agenda this year in the broader Europe: the European Parliament has adopted a resolution qualifying prostitution as a violation of human rights and promoting the Nordic model in order to reach gender equality and protect women and girls. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has adopted a similar resolution acknowledging the links between prostitution and trafficking in human beings.

In August 2014, the Norwegian government unveiled the outcomes of an independent evaluation of the Norwegian legislation on prostitution and trafficking. The analysis shows that the Nordic model succeed in deterring trafficking by criminalizing the purchase of sex, and changing mentalities in the population while protecting women and girls from sexual exploitation.

Ahead of the International Human Rights Day (10 December), and before 2015 commemorates the 20th (...)

Join the wrap-up event of the EWL European Political Mentoring Network!

Tuesday 2nd December, Brussels

Posted on 21 November 2014

Join the wrap-up event of the EWL European Political Mentoring Network!

[Brussels, 21 November 2014] The European Women’s Lobby is delighted to invite you to the wrap-up event of its European Political Mentoring Network on Tuesday 2nd December from 18:30 to 20:30 at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung EU Office (Rue du Taciturne, 38 – 1000 Brussels).

One and a half year after the launch, it is time to celebrate the great achievements made by the European Political Mentoring Network!

The wrap-up event will be an occasion to share the experience of participants of the network and to screen extracts of the documentary which was shot throughout this very exciting project. The DVD of the documentary will also be officially launched on that evening.

The event will be followed by a networking reception.

Please confirm your participation to Jessica Machacova (Machacova@womenlobby.org) before the 1st December.

The flyer of the event can be downloaded here:

Invitation Wrap-Up Event (...)

Global Entrepreneurship Week - Introducing EWL WEstart project

Posted on 18 November 2014

Global Entrepreneurship Week - Introducing EWL WEstart project

[Brussels, 17 November 2014] The European Women’s Lobby is excited to be a part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. For one week in November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.

On the first day of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the EWL is excited to officially launch our newest project #WEstart: Mapping Women’s Social Entrepreneurship in Europe. We will celebrate the launch of our project and Entrepreneurship Week through a week-long interactive social media campaign that introduces social entrepreneurship, the WEstart project, facts and figures about women’s social entrepreneurship in Europe, and examples of social enterprises that are empowering women throughout the EU.

During the course of the week follow (...)

Sainte Nicolette 2014

Posted on 14 November 2014

Sainte Nicolette 2014

You are warmly invited to Sainte Nicolette 2014, the fourth edition of the European Women’s Lobby’s annual festive party!

This friendly gathering will be an opportunity to toast to the end of another year of feminist action and activism all over Europe – and to bring in 2015, where we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action as well as the 25th anniversary of the EWL.

Join us for a light-hearted evening of live music and plenty of good cheer on 3 December 2014 from 18:30 in Café Kafka – Rue des Poissonniers 21, 1000 Brussels (METRO Bourse). We will be asking for a donation of at least 5€ to support the EWL’s campaigns.

Please register below and for further information do not hesitate to contact Marion at sharples@womenlobby.org

You can also find the event on Facebook here.

We look forward to seeing you on 3 December!

Please register here to attend Sainte Nicolette on Wednesday December 3, 2014.

Sainte (...)

10 national consultants for WEstart: Mapping Women’s Social Entrepreneurship in Europe project

Posted on 4 November 2014

10 national consultants for WEstart: Mapping Women's Social Entrepreneurship in Europe project

The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) is the largest umbrella organisation of women’s associations in the EU. Our aim is to promote women’s rights and gender equality in Europe. The EWL has members in 31 European countries, which have, in turn, member organisations at regional and local level, representing more than 2000 organisations. The EWL Secretariat coordinating the activities of this large membership is based in Brussels.

For our newest project WEstart: Mapping Women’s Social Entrepreneurship in Europe we are looking to hire 10 experts in women’s social entrepreneurship for a short-term (6 total days) consultancy. The core aim of the project is to gain a better understanding of the situation and state of play of women’s social entrepreneurship in Europe. This will subsequently support opportunities to further develop mutual learning, transnational partnerships, mentoring, transferring knowledge and skills, identifying good practices and providing new employment and business (...)

Women and girls can’t wait 20 more years to enjoy their full human rights!

70 organisations join EWL for a joint statement to the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

Posted on 31 October 2014

Women and girls can't wait 20 more years to enjoy their full human rights!

[Joint statement to CSW59, 24 October 2014] Adopted two years after the Vienna World Conference on Human Rights, the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) brought to light the structural inequalities and human rights violations faced by all women and girls on the planet, and set the foundations for concrete action to realise de jure and de facto equality between women and men.

20 years later, much has been achieved, but much remains to be done. The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) report “From Words to Action” provides a picture of the situation of women and girls in Europe today, based on the collective assessment of its 2000 member organisations. While we should be celebrating the implementation of the BPfA, we know and see that women and girls still face inequality, violence, discrimination and insecurity, in all spheres of life and society.

Women and girls in Europe are now present in all spheres of society, from education to employment, in political and business decision-making, (...)

#EWLontheroad: overview of two days of activism in Strasbourg for a feminist Europe!

Posted on 31 October 2014

#EWLontheroad: overview of two days of activism in Strasbourg for a feminist Europe!

[Brussels, 30 October 2014] The European Women’s Lobby is back from two refreshing days of activism at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. In 48 hours, the EWL staff met with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), EIGE representatives and Strasbourg-based feminist organisations, trained women MEPs to become spokespersons for women’s rights and demonstrated to keep the maternity leave directive high on the political agenda!

On 20 and 21 October, 9 staff members of the European Women’s Lobby Secretariat went to Strasbourg for two exciting days of activism during the European Parliament plenary session.

The plenary session was the perfect opportunity for the EWL to meet with committed MEPs to women’s rights and gender equality. Very fruitful group meetings were organised with MEPs from the Greens/EFA, the Socialists & Democrats (S&D), the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE).

Monday 20 October - (...)

DELIVER NOW!

Posted on 23 October 2014

DELIVER NOW!

[Strasbourg 21 October 2014]

Gathering outside the European Parliament (EP) in Strasbourg on the day of the 4th anniversary of the EP’s adoption of the Maternity Leave Directive, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) made it clear that women in Europe will not wait another four years for equal maternity rights at a time when working conditions are becoming more precarious and women are facing more discrimination when pregnant and/or returning to work following child birth.

Calling on the EU institutions to #DeliverNow, the EWL was joined by a cross party group of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and women’s rights organisations, such as Osez le Féminisme 67 and Initiativ Liewensufank; adding their support to the many voices of frustration, determination and resilience through the megaphone.

“If it would have been a ‘man’s issue’ it would have passed years ago”, said MEP Julie Ward (S&D) at the demonstration. ”

While recognising that only women give birth, the Maternity Leave (...)

A never-ending story: the composition of the European Commission again reveals its mainly male face

Groundhog years - The lack of gender parity in EU institutions – Back to the future

Posted on 22 October 2014

A never-ending story: the composition of the European Commission again reveals its mainly male face

[Brussels, 22 October 2014] The proposed European Commission (EC) has just been approved by the European Parliament (EP) in Strasbourg. The current Commission consists of only nine women out of 28 which is no progress in comparison to the outgoing Barroso Commission.

“Before Jean-Claude Juncker was appointed president of the EC, he promised a modern and a female Commission. Unfortunately, this Commission is miles away from being a female Commission and is clearly not a mirror of European society, of which more than half of the population is female and much more diverse,” says Joanna Maycock, Secretary General of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL). Since its establishment, the EWL has demanded parity in all EU institutions and asks Member States to nominate one female and one male candidate for the College of Commissioners. For the EWL, it is a question of justice and fairness, as advocated in its 5050 campaign with the title: “No modern Democracy without Gender Equality”

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EWL on the road for a Feminist Europe

Posted on 17 October 2014

EWL on the road for a Feminist Europe

[Brussels, 17 October 2014] Next week the European Women’s Lobby goes to Strasbourg. On the programme:

20.10 // Feminist Meet and Greet Party

21.10 // Breakfast Training on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality for MEPs.

21.10 // Demonstration for the Maternity Leave Directive

21.10 // EIGE-EWL event on Beijing+20

Follow us on Twitter @EuropeanWomen #EWLontheroad

 

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