[Berlin, 8 July 2016, Press Release by Deutscher Frauenrat] The German Bundestag has taken a historical step towards sexual self-determination. On July 7, 2016 the Parliament unanimously passed a reform of the penal code provisions on rape in line with the principle “No means no”. This means that every sexual act against somebody’s will is considered a crime. This is not only a victory for the women’s rights movement in Germany. The new bill also meets the requirements of the Council of Europe (...) Read more
[Statement of the European Women’s Lobby, Brussels, 28 June 2016] At the European Women’s Lobby (EWL), we are shocked and dismayed by the outcome of the UK Referendum. British women’s rights activists were part of founding our organization and have been at the forefront of successfully demanding a better deal for women in the EU for the past 25 years.
Five decades of EU action have most certainly advanced gender equality on our continent. With pressure from EWL, our members and allies, the EU (...) Read more