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  • Statement calling for support to keep Greek refugee camps open

    Today, 30 September 2020, the EWL has joined the following statement:
    SAVE DIGNITY, SAVE PIKPA AND KARA TEPE
    Μore than 160 Greek and international organizations, academics and other actors from all over Europe urge the Greek authorities to revoke decision to close dignified alternatives in accommodating refugees οn Lesvos
    Athens, 30 September 2020 - We, the undersigned, call on the Minister of Migration and Asylum, Notis Mitarakis, and the local authorities of Lesvos to repeal their (...) Read more

  • 100+ Feminists across Europe come together for EWL’s 2020 General Assembly

    100+ Feminists across Europe come together for EWL's 2020 General Assembly

    [Brussels, 30 September 2020] On 8 September, EWL members and staff came together for EWL’s annual General Assembly meeting. Even though the meeting had to take place online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our General Assembly was full of ideas, exchanges and solidarity.
    Our annual General Assembly is an essential part of the democratic life of our network, bringing together delegates and observers from across EWL’s 48 full member organisations as well as a number of observers from our (...) Read more

  • 15 CSOs demand increased funds in the EU budget to end violence against women and girls

    15 CSOs demand increased funds in the EU budget to end violence against women and girls

    [Brussels, 23 September] Today, 15 members of the European Coalition to End Violence against Women and Girls, have written an open letter to the EU decision-makers regarding the MFF 2021-2027 and the EU’s recovery plans Next Generation EU (NGEU) 2021-2024. Together, we are urging EU decision-makers to visibly commit to ensuring increased and adequate EU funds are dedicated to gender equality and the fight to end violence against women and girls.
    We are pleased about the recent decision by (...) Read more

  • Joint letter to EU decision-makers on funding human rights and equality for all

    Joint letter to EU decision-makers on funding human rights and equality for all

    [Brussels, 2 September 2020]
    To: President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli Members of the European Parliament President of the European Council, Charles Michel Head of Presidency of the Council, Chancellor Angela Merkel Members of the Governments of EU Member States
    In copy: President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen Vice-President for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli
    Your Excellencies,
    We, the undersigned, as civil (...) Read more

  • Stakes are high for the current Trio Presidency of the EU

    Stakes are high for the current Trio Presidency of the EU

    [Brussels, July 2020] - This early July 2020, the countries which will be holding the Presidency of the European Council for the next 18-months have released their priorities on equality between women and men. The declaration of this so-called “Trio Presidency” defines the road map on the topic for Germany, Portugal and Slovenia in their role at the head of the rotating presidency of the EU from July 2020 to end of 2021. This Declaration is of utmost importance for the European Women’s Lobby (...) Read more

  • The European Commission must act now to close the gender pay gap

    The European Commission must act now to close the gender pay gap

    [Brussels, 4 Mayl] One of the political guidelines of candidate for President Ursula von der Leyen was to table measures to introduce binding pay-transparency measures in the first 100 days of her mandate . The European Women’s Lobby welcomed this announcement to close the gender pay gap with great enthusiasm.
    The EWL joins the European Trade Union Confederation in calling on the European Commission and especially its President Ursula von der Leyen, to give a firm commitment to move ahead (...) Read more

  • Commission on the Status of Women 64 cancellation : European Women’s Lobby participation

    Commission on the Status of Women 64 cancellation : European Women's Lobby participation

    [Brussels, 4 March 2020] On 2 March 2020, ahead of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the 64th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women was significantly sized down to a one-day procedural meeting with Member States’ New York-based representatives, in light of increasing global concerns of the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Although the political statement and multi-annual work programme will be approved at this (...) Read more

  • EWL members meet in Brussels for bi-annual EWL Board Meeting

    EWL members meet in Brussels for bi-annual EWL Board Meeting

    [Brussels, 18 February 2020] The Board of EWL recently gathered in Brussels for one its bi-annual meeting. It was a key moment for EWL’s Board, which includes 41 representatives from EWL’s National Coordinations and European-wide organisations, to discuss our collective work in 2020 and EWL’s next Strategic Framework.
    Taking place from 14 to 16 February 2020, Board members spent 2 days in Brussels together with the EWL Secretariat to strategise on our work for women and girls’ rights in (...) Read more

  • EWL’s President and Vice-Presidents meet Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli to discuss women’s rights in Europe and the upcoming EU strategy on equality between women and men.

    EWL's President and Vice-Presidents meet Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli to discuss women's rights in Europe and the upcoming EU strategy on equality between women and men.

    [Brussels, 7 February 2020] On 6 February 2020, a delegation of the European Women’s Lobby composed of EWL’s President Gwendoline Lefebvre and EWL’s Vice-Presidents Laura Albu and Ana Sofia Fernandes met with the new European Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli. The meeting was the opportunity for EWL’s representatives to welcome Commissioner Dalli in her new role and discuss how to jointly advance women’s rights in Europe, in particular through the upcoming EU Strategy on equality between (...) Read more

  • The European Women’s Lobby in solidarity with the Cyprus Women’s Lobby demand justice for the British young woman victim of sexual violence and rape

    The European Women's Lobby in solidarity with the Cyprus Women's Lobby demand justice for the British young woman victim of sexual violence and rape

    [Brussels, Nicosia, 15 January 2020] The European Women’s Lobby in solidarity with the Cyprus Women’s Lobby demand justice for victims of sexual violence and rape and call for adequate measures to protect victims of rape at all stages of investigations/according to the provisions of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention). Furthermore, the EWL recalls that all forms of violence against women including (...) Read more

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