Posted on 22 May 2015
[Brussels, 20 May 2015] With a large majority, MEP’s gathered in plenary adopted today the resolution on the Maternity leave, calling on the Commission not to withdraw the draft EU directive from 2008 by 419 votes to 97 (161 abstentions). Doing so, they reiterate their willingness to get out of the deadlock we have been facing for four years and urge the ministers to resume talks and agree an official position.
"What kind of Europe are we living in, if those who create life here are penalised? What kind of Europe are we living in, if giving birth is synonymous with poverty? We cannot help mothers by simply throwing away this directive”, said rapporteur Maria Arena (S&D, BE). Since 1992, when the maternity leave directive was approved, we have made no progress. Women can’t wait, they deserve, if they so wish, to be women, mothers and workers at the same time without being discriminated", she added.
Nevertheless, the threat of the withdrawal of the directive still hangs over the (...)
Posted on 21 May 2015
[Brussels, 21 May 2015] As the 5th meeting of the EU Civil Society Platform on Trafficking in Human Beings is about to start, our organisations call on the EU member states and the European Commission to take concrete steps towards the elimination of trafficking in human beings.
While we welcome the work of the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator to put the issue on the European agenda, we see no concrete progress towards the elimination of the pervasive phenomenon of trafficking in human beings and no real determination, from the EU and its member states, to move towards change.
Among the different forms of trafficking, trafficking for sexual exploitation is the most prominent form, exploiting 80% of the victims. According to UNODC, there would be around 140 000 victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation only in Europe, and a turn-over of 70 000 victims every two years. The European Commission estimates that there are several hundred thousand persons victims of trafficking (...)
Posted on 11 May 2015
[Brussels, 11 May 2015] Are you following the @EUPanelWatch twitter account yet? This social media space wants draw attention to the overrepresentation of men on Brussels conferences, panel and debates and contribute to a shift towards more diversity.
@EUPanelWatch monitors the representation of women who, as half the world’s population, also (under-)represent different backgrounds, ages, abilities and orientations and likewise promotes well-represented panels.
The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) strongly supports this because as @EUPanelWatch says: uniform panels just aren’t good enough. We need diversity not only in the back rooms working on policy, but also in discussions setting the path for Europe’s future. How can we expect to solve our greatest challenges if we continue to reproduce the same panels and debates?
That is why in June @EUPanelWatch and the EWL are joining forces to organise an in depth Monitoring Month. And we are looking for volunteers to help us out! Are you (...)
Posted on 7 May 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 20:30 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 7 May 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 28 April 2015
[Brussels, 24 April 2015] In the framework of the European Women’s Lobby Year of Action on Beijing+20, the EWL and MEP Anna Hedh invite you to the screening of ’Breeders’, on the issue of surrogacy. April is our Beijing+20 month dedicated to health, and we propose to have a debate on this new phenomenon, gaining European and international attention.
Join us on Wednesday 6 May in Brussels, at the Swedish Permanent Representation to the EU. Please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
After the screening of ’Breeders’ (50’) at 7pm, we propose a deabte with two EWL members and partners, and with Anna Hedh MEP.
Stephanie Thögersen, Swedish Women’s Lobby, Sweden, and Ana-Luana Stoicea-Deram, Collectif pour le Respect de la Personne (CoRP), France, will present their views on the issue and the initiatives they work on.
A reception, offered by Anna Hedh MEP, will end this event. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Photo: The Center for Bioethics and Culture (...)
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 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 (...)