Posted on 1 July 2015
[Press release, Brussels 1 July 2015] While it may have been on the cards for some time, the actual official announcement today by Commission Vice-President Timmermans to withdraw the Maternity Leave Directive is one more sign that the European Union (EU) and the Member States are failing women across Europe.
The withdrawal of the Maternity Leave Directive is yet another example of a failure by the leadership of the EU to take positive action for women’s rights and gender equality in Europe. “It sends a very bad message to women and men in Europe about how much the EU can do to support working women and families in their everyday struggle for a decent work-life balance”, states Joanna Maycock, European Women’s Lobby (EWL) Secretary General.
The announcement comes a week after the launch of the second Gender Equality Index of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE). This index shows that in the past 10 years, progress in achieving equality between women and men has (...)
Posted on 25 June 2015
[Brussels, 25 June 2015] The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) revealed today the results of its second Gender Equality Index. The European Women’s Lobby attended the launch event in Brussels with great interest as this resarch is of course essential for monitoring the effectiveness of gender equality policies at EU and national level.
The EU-28 achieved an average score of 52.9 out of 100 points (2012 data) showing that Europe is only halfway towards a gender-equal and cohesive society. Moreover, progress since 2005 has only been marginal, when the score was 51.3.
In a reaction Viviane Teitelbaum, President of the EWL, urged European Union decision-makers to commit, accelerate and invest in women’s rights. "We need to talk the talk and walk the walk, to think out of the box, otherwise we will have the same index or worse 10 years from now". That is why the EWL and its members continue to call on the European Commission to adopt an ambitious new Strategy on Equality (...)
Posted on 19 June 2015
[Brussels, 19 June 2015] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) is looking for two Policy and Campaigns Officers, to join its Secretariat in Brussels and be part of the Policy and Campaigns Team.
Within EWL Secretariat, the role of the Policy and Campaigns Team is to: Ensure that EWL campaigns have an impact on women’s lives in Europe; Ensure that EWL campaigns contribute to EWL visibility and convey EWL values and vision; Ensure that EWL campaigns build from and support EWL members in their work, engagement and joint collaboration.
We are looking for two Policy and Campaigns Officers:
You can find here the application package for the Policy and Campaigns Officer #1 You can find here the application package for the Policy and Campaigns Officer #2, with understanding of legal processes and instruments for women’s rights at EU level
Starting date: September 2015
Deadline for applications: 5 July 2015
To apply, please complete the application form and return it by e-mail to: (...)
Posted on 19 June 2015
[Brussels, 19 June 2015] As part of its Year of Action on Beijing+20, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) held its first webinar on the issue of women and the environment, to celebrate World Environment Day in June. Five inspiring presenters were invited to bring different perspectives in the links between women and the environment, and feed into EWL’s reflection and recommendations. You can watch the webinar below, and read some of the tweets quoting our presenters.
Why should women and environment be linked? Why is it important for women’s organisations to address the environmental issues? Ilona Graenitz, Austrian Coordination – Presentation of EWL factsheet from EWL report on Beijing+20 ‘From words to action’
“Western lifestyle won’t be possible for much longer, but it doesn’t mean we’ll have less interesting or fruitful lives”
“Women are disproportionately affected by climate & environment degradation. No gender equality without change of society”
“Women decide what/where/when to buy (...)
Posted on 15 June 2015
[Brussels, 5 June 2015] In the framework of its Beijing+20 Year of Action, in June the EWL focuses on Women and the Environment, and organises a webinar with its members and partners, on 19 June from 11am to 12am (Brussels time).
Protecting the environment and addressing the impact of our lifestyles on biodiversity are largely considered as essential matters in the building of more sustainable and equal societies. However, the link between women and the environment is not always obvious and remains lacking in the reflections on environmental issues.
Why are women’s rights and climate change interlinked? What is and should be the role of women in the work on the environment? How can feminism contribute to the protection of the planet?
The webinar will aim at addressing these questions from a global perspective, but keeping a focus on the challenges and opportunities in Europe. It will gather experts and activists from different sectors, in order to build bridges between (...)
Posted on 12 June 2015
[Brussels, 12 June 2015] During 4 days, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) will set up an AGORA, a young feminist summer school that will take place from 3rd to 6th September 2015 in Brussels, Belgium!
Why a feminist summer school?
The EWL has witnessed a new generation of young feminists rising up, innovating and rebooting the fight for equality! A lot of new organisations, initiatives, and campaigns have been flourishing throughout Europe. A 4th wave on feminism on its way! We see many opportunities to strengthen the connection between these activists across Europe and with EWL itself.
Therefore, as a creative way to bridge this gap and hear the voice of young feminists, we decided to organise the first European Feminist Summer School, which will aim to:
Reconnect and reinforce young European women’s activism
Set up a creative space for young feminist change agents
Build solidarity and empower young feminist activists
Work across borders to amplify feminism in Europe and (...)
Posted on 12 June 2015
[Speech given by Finn Mackay, researcher and feminist activist at EWL’s 25th anniversary]
It is a great honour to be here, to celebrate your anniversary with you and to be in such esteemed company.
I’m also proud to represent my country, the UK, while we are still part of the EU…!
I’m please do be able to bring you good news from the UK. Good news about the feminist resurgence that has been sweeping my country since the early 2000s.
Feminist activism is being seen again, on the streets and online and in places it never was before. Our movement is enjoying a profile and visibility that it hasn’t had for decades; and the question then becomes: what do we do with this moment. Because, one never knows how long it’s going to last, and because we do need to know where we want it to go. Alongside this resurgence of feminism, we face ever increasing challenges of course. In many cases we face the same old struggles, the same old sexism, wrapped up in new media and new communication (...)
Posted on 5 June 2015
[Brussels, 5 June 2015] On May 29, the European Women’s Lobby celebrated her 25th anniversary in Brussels with members from all over Europe and many feminist friends!
The EWL would like to thank Charles Picqué, President of the Brussels Parliament for his hospitality and Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Malin Björk, Member of the European Parliament, Nora Kiss, Portuguese Network of Young Alicia Arbid, Arab Women’s Solidarity Association and Finn Mackay, feminist activist and researcher for their fantastic speeches during the seminar.
We will share the speeches and some more content of the seminar itself with you soon!
You can find the pictures of the seminar here.
To say it with the words of Finn Mackay - let’s look forward to the day the European Women’s Lobby no longer needs to exist! But for now we stay alive and kicking!
We continued the feminist party at La Fabbrica in Brussels! Here we especially want to thank the amazing (...)
Posted on 5 June 2015
[Brussels, 5 June 2015] On 30-31 May 2015, the European Women’s Lobby held an action packed Annual General Assembly in Brussels. Over 100 participants representing our members from across Europe came together to imagine and strategise for a Feminist Europe. As we celebrated our 25 years of feminist activism in Europe, we approved a new Strategic Framework; elected new Board Members from Germany, Portugal and Serbia and approved emergency motions on the peace negotiations in Cyprus, the situation of women in the Ukrainian conflict and calling for the inclusion of the control of small arms as a part of the European Year to End Violence Against Women.
Finally we gave a joyful and moving farewell to the wonderful Colette De Troy who is retiring after 17 years incredible contribution to the work of the European Women’s Lobby in her capacity as Director of the Observatory on Violence against Women.
Together for a Feminist Europe
We approved an exciting new transformative Strategic (...)
Posted on 5 June 2015
[Brussels, 4 June 2015] On Tuesday 9 June, the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will vote on a report calling for an EU Strategy on equality between women and men. Such Strategy is very important to help coordinate efforts at national and European level to realise the human rights of women and girls, and improve their daily lives. The report to be voted on has been drafted by Ms Noichl from the FEMM Committee (Women’s rights and gender equality Committee), the EP Committee responsible for ensuring that women’s and girls’ rights are at the core of the EP work.
Please contact your MEPs to ask them to support the FEMM/Noichl report! You can email them, tweet them... whatever it takes to make your voice heard!
You can see below an example of tweet, using the message ’Do you care for Her Future?’, and the hashtag #HerFuture. The graphic is here.
MEPs from all countries and all political affiliations should support, as equality between women and men is a fundamental value of the (...)