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  • EWL’s Young Women’s Workshop

    EWL's Young Women's Workshop

    On 13 December 2022, the EWL will hold a one day workshop for and with young women. The workshop will take place online and offer participants an introduction into the work of the EWL, share with them the best practices and tips for advocacy on issues surrounding women’s rights, and lastly provide a venue for young women to share which topics they’d like to learn more about and which skills they wish to develop.
    This session will serve as a starting point to develop an agenda and session (...) Read more

  • Women’s Poverty on the Rise – the Time to Act is Now!

    Women's Poverty on the Rise – the Time to Act is Now!

    [Brussels, 17 October 2022] As the cost of living and inflation keep soaring, women’s poverty is yet again on the rise across Europe. It is urgent to address the structural gendered causes of poverty and social exclusion.
    The Feminisation of Poverty
    Poverty and social exclusion are intrinsically gendered. According to Eurostat, there are currently 64,6 million women and 57,6 million men living in poverty in the EU. The pervasive nature of gender inequalities and the uncontested (...) Read more

  • European Women’s Lobby moves to invite Ukrainian and Moldovan organisations as members

    European Women's Lobby moves to invite Ukrainian and Moldovan organisations as members

    [Brussels, 4 July 2022] On 10 - 12 June 2022, over 120 feminists from all parts of Europe met online for the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) annual General Assembly and Board meetings. The General Assembly is the most important moment of the year for our organisation as EWL members representing a total of more than 2000 organisations come together and decide on the way to advance the feminist agenda in Europe in the coming year.
    During these few dynamic days, we discussed the organisation’s (...) Read more

  • EWL reiterates its call for full access to abortion for all women in the EU and worldwide

    EWL reiterates its call for full access to abortion for all women in the EU and worldwide

    [Brussels, 19 May 2022] Worried by the latest deeply concerning news in the EU, at its borders and in the United States, EWL reiterates its call to make safe abortion legally and practically accessible to all women and girls in Europe and worldwide.
    In all parts of the world, many obstacles have been hindering women’s access to abortion services, ranging from the conscientious objection used by medical practitioners to the lack of reimbursement of the needed drugs or operation. Women’s (...) Read more

  • EWL Analysis of the Commission Proposal for a Directive on Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

    EWL Analysis of the Commission Proposal for a Directive on Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

    [Brussels, 10 May 2022] The European Women’s Lobby releases its analysis of the Commission Proposal for a Directive on Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence: a first step towards a Europe free of male violence against women and girls.
    The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) generally welcomed the Commission’s Proposal for a Directive on Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence earlier this year.
    Following the general acknowledgement that the Directive is indeed a (...) Read more

  • Advancing women’s rights through the Conference on the Future of Europe

    Advancing women's rights through the Conference on the Future of Europe

    [Brussels, April 2022] The Conference on the Future of Europe is a defining moment to reassert the EU’s strong and unconditional commitments to women’s rights. The European Women’s Lobby sees the Conference as a crucial opportunity to foster ambitious measures to frame a feminist Europe. That’s why our Advocacy Paper calls on the European Parliament to draft a resolution that addresses women’s interests and needs as well as demands concrete follow-up actions to truly advance women’s rights in (...) Read more

  • A glossary on forms of violence and recommendations for the four pillars of the Istanbul Convention

    A glossary on forms of violence and recommendations for the four pillars of the Istanbul Convention

    [Brussels, 26 April 2022] Male violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a fundamental human rights violation, a form of discrimination against women and girls and a huge obstacle to achieving equality between women and men. It happens across Europe, affecting over 250 million women and girls, and yet due to a lack of European harmonisation of legislation, the remedies and prevention methods taken by governments are haphazard and a lottery for the women and girls experiencing violence. (...) Read more

  • Women Changing Europe: EWL Strategic Framework 2022-2026

    Women Changing Europe: EWL Strategic Framework 2022-2026

    EWL launches today its new Strategic Framework "Women Changing Europe: Building a Feminist Vision for the Future of Europe Strategy 2022-2026".
    This strategy was developed during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic with all aspects of our work and our mission being impacted significantly. Over the course of this period, the EWL adapted to the restrictions brought about by the pandemic, sharpened its actions in a radically changed world, enabled online spaces for the women’s movement to come (...) Read more

  • More than 70 MEPs call on the EU Commission to take bold action to end violence against women and girls

    More than 70 MEPs call on the EU Commission to take bold action to end violence against women and girls

    Brussels, 10 December 2021
    In early 2022, the European Commission is expected to put forward its proposal for an EU Directive on all forms of violence against women and girls. This is a great step in combatting and preventing this violence and an opportunity not to miss. To ensure the proposal is as ambitious as needed to protect all women in Europe from all forms of violence, EWL has gathered support from Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in a pledge calling for a strong Directive (...) Read more

  • Europe needs an EU horizontal Directive to prevent and combat all forms of violence against women and girls!

    Europe needs an EU horizontal Directive to prevent and combat all forms of violence against women and girls!

    Male violence against women and girls (VAWG) is as an international long-term pandemic and has been recognised a fundamental human rights violation whose impacts know no borders. It happens across Europe, affecting over 250 million women and girls, and yet due to a lack of European harmonisation of legislation, the remedies and prevention methods taken by governments are haphazard and a lottery for the women and girls experiencing violence.
    Violence against women and girls threatens the (...) Read more

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EWL event "Progress towards a Europe free from all forms of male violence" to mark the 10th aniversary of the Istanbul Convention, 12 May 2021.

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