[Brussels, 11 February 2016] As we are heading towards the International Women’s Day, on 8th March, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) has issued its priorities for the European Union (EU) for the next 5 years. Based on EWL Strategic Framework 2016-2020, “Together for a Feminist Europe”, our priorities highlight the key policy change we want to see in Europe by 2020 for all women and girls. They also give visibility to the work that EWL members will be carrying on over the next 5 years, in five key areas for women’s and girls’ human rights.
Last September, all countries adopted the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with the following commitment: “We are determined to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence.” From 2016 on, the international community, and therefore the EU, has to deliver on these universal Sustainable Development Goals, including on Goal 5 which aims to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”. With our priorities, we call on the European Union (EU), its institutions and its Member States to act and deliver in order to walk the talk and make Agenda2030 a reality in Europe!
While we are delighted to have, since 2014, a European Commissioner dedicated to gender equality, we want to see this political choice of the EU institutions translate into transformational action. We believe in a Feminist Europe in which an end to gender inequality is not only possible, but imperative, to achieve the well-being of all people and the planet.
Half the population, half the future! Our future starts now!
Download our priorities here.