Posted on 23 October 2014
[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 (...)
Posted on 22 October 2014
[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”
Posted on 17 October 2014
[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
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Posted on 17 October 2014
[Brussels, 14 October 2014] 4 years ago, on 20th October 2010, the Maternity Leave Directive was successfully adopted by the European Parliament in first reading. It was then blocked in the Council with the excuse that the timing was not right, due to the economic crisis. The European Commission threatened to withdraw the Directive in 2014 in the name of ‘red tape’, as if it was not relevant anymore.
We invite you to make your voice heard to make sure that the Maternity Directive is back on the European political agenda again!
You are cordially invited to mark the 4th anniversary of the adoption of the Maternity Leave Directive by the European Parliament on Tuesday 21st October 2014 in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, from 14:00 to 15:00, and show your solidarity for women in Europe.
Let’s demonstrate together to show our European leaders that it is time for better maternity rights for all women in Europe!
We call on the new European Commission, in particular (...)
Posted on 14 October 2014
[Brussels, 14 October 2014] The launch of EWL Beijing+20 report through quotes of guests and participants.
Read EWL Beijing+20 report here. See some photos here.
Viviane Teitelbaum, President of the European Women’s Lobby:
"20 years after Beijing, much has been achieved, but much remains to be done. While we should be celebrating the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, our report shows that women and girls still face inequality, violence, discrimination and insecurity. Women and girls can’t wait 20 more years to enjoy their full human rights! We want a feminist Europe! We want the EU to lead the way, we want a strong strategy on equality between women and men. Change can happen and women can make change happen!"
João Afonso, Deputy Mayor of Lisbon on Social Rights:
"We are delighted to welcome the EWL and its members in this symbolic venue: the school Escola Básica e Secundária Passos Manuel The struggle for public education is very important. Lisbon has made (...)
Posted on 9 October 2014
[Lisbon, 10 October 2014] Today, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) launched its report “1995-2015: From Words to Action” which assesses the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in Europe, 20 years after its adoption by the international community. The launch of EWL Beijing+20 report took place in the context of the Annual Meeting of the European Women’s Lobby, the largest umbrella organisation for women’s rights in Europe.
Adopted two years after the 1993 Vienna World Conference on Human Rights, the Beijing Platform for Action aimed to bring into light the structural inequalities and human rights violations faced by all women and girls on the planet, and setting the ground for concrete action to realise de jure and de facto equality between women and men. The report of the European Women’s Lobby provides a picture of the situation of women and girls in the European Union (EU), based on the collective assessment of its 2000 member organisations.
EWL President Viviane (...)
Posted on 3 October 2014
[Brussels, 3 October 2014] Next week, the European Women’s Lobby and all its members will gather in Lisbon for four days of meetings and action on women’s rights! In particular, this Annual Conference will comprise the launch of EWL report "Beijing+20: From Words to Action", assessing the implementation by the European Union of the Beijing Platform for Action.
@EuropeanWomen #EWLisboa #Beijing20
The Annual Conference of the EWL will start by a joint meeting between the members of its Policy Committee and the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE). Sharing joint priorities and reflecting on challenges for women’s rights will be at the core of this cooperation.
On Friday 10 October, the EWL is organising an event to publicly launch its report Beijing+20 "From words to action". Speakers from UN Women, EIGE, the Italian Presidency of the EU, Members of the European Parliament including Ana Gomes MEP, as well as the Portuguese Secretary of State for Equality and the Deputy (...)
Posted on 2 October 2014
[Brussels, 1 October 2014] Today Commissioners-designate Thyssen (Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility) and Jourová (Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality) were ‘grilled’ in Brussels during their hearings by Members of the European Parliament.
The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) previously welcomed the appointment of Věra Jourová, Commissioner-designate for Justice, Consumers & Gender Equality while “Gender Equality” was explicitly acknowledged in her title; a strong political statement and one of the demands of the EWL’s Manifesto for the European Parliamentary elections of May.
Today, both Ms. Thyssen and Ms. Jourová sent encouraging signs. Ms Jourová stressed her commitment to renew and strengthen the EU Strategy for Equality between Women and Men and aims to put the Women on Boards Directive back on the agenda with a view to its adoption in 2015. On the topic of violence against women, Ms. Jourová agrees with the EWL that the Istanbul Convention must be ratified by (...)
Posted on 19 September 2014
[Brussels, 19 September 2014] In the beginning of the Summer, the European Commission threatened to withdraw the Directive in 2014 in the name of ‘red tape’. With the forthcoming hearings for the new European Commission, the EWL and its members will seize the opportunity to get the maternity leave directive back on the political agenda. As the Commission has an appointed Commissioner on gender equality we now call upon her to take action. We invite everyone to make their voice heard to make sure that the Maternity Directive is back on the European political agenda!
Women continue to earn 16% on average less than men and it is often at the moment of childbirth that the gender pay gap kicks in, with life- long often irreversible consequences, including the fact that women receive on average 40% less pension than men. Despite existing laws that protect pregnant workers, we know that more and more women today are experiencing discrimination in the work place as a direct result of (...)
Posted on 17 September 2014
[Brussels, 12 September 2014] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) welcomes the appointment of Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers & Gender Equality.
Not only a title
“Gender Equality” has been explicitly acknowledged in Ms Jourová’s title, which we believe to be a strong political statement. It was one of the EWL demands in our Manifesto for the European Parliamentary elections of May and we look very much forward to engage in dialogue with Ms Jourová on about how to ensure women’s rights and make gender equality become a reality in the EU.
In his ’Mission Letter’ to Věra Jourová, future Commission President Juncker mentions (very briefly) what is expected on the gender equality subject.
“Ensuring that, within the scope of EU competences, discrimination is fought and gender equality promoted, including by exploring how to unblock negotiations on the Commission proposal for the Horizontal Anti-Discrimination Directive.”*
This is very good news for the anti-discrimination (...)