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  • Diplomats Urge Governments to Include Women in Peace Process

    Diplomats Urge Governments to Include Women in Peace Process

    A diplomatic reception was held on November 3rd, 2022, at the Romanian Diplomatic Institute to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of UN Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security. Numerous representatives of embassies, international and national organizations, and the Romanian government representatives emphasized the need to empower women’s participation in peace negotiations and peacekeeping to prevent conflict and achieve sustainable peace. The event supported through Active Citizens Fund (...) Read more

  • Soroptimist International Statement: The Rights of Women and Girls

    Soroptimist International Statement: The Rights of Women and Girls

    As the protests across Iran continue in response to the death of the young woman, Mahsa Amini, Soroptimist International is deeply concerned that this is just one example of the human rights of women and girls being suppressed in many countries across the globe. Soroptimist International rigorously opposes such violations of human rights and calls on the Iranian Government and all other Governments to cease state-controlled violence against unarmed women and girls immediately, and to comply (...) Read more

  • A Tribute to Paula Rego, the woman who painted women

    EWL mourns the passing of the Portuguese painter, deceased on June 8th 2022
    Paula Rego was born in Lisbon on the 26th of January 1935. We lost her on the 8th of June, 87 years later. She was honored by the Portuguese Government and by Queen Elizabeth II of England, the country where she lived most of her life. Paula’s artistic contribution is priceless and absolute. But she is more than a painter, and the pain of having lost her extends beyond the artistic circle she presided over in life: (...) Read more

  • The case of Mirela Čavajda and the right of women to termination of pregnancy in Croatia

    The case of Mirela Čavajda and the right of women to termination of pregnancy in Croatia

    [Zagreb, 10 May 2022] Last week the media reported on case of Mirela Čavajda. She was 25 weeks pregnant when doctors informed her that her foetus had a brain tumour and will either die or live with severe malformations, but most probably will die before birth. She sought help in all hospitals in Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, but they all refused to terminate the pregnancy and doctors advised her to go home and wait for the baby to die or to seek the procedure in the neighbouring Slovenia (...) Read more

  • How Social Crises Are Misused for Sexual Exploitation of Women

    How Social Crises Are Misused for Sexual Exploitation of Women

    What do the war in Ukraine, the Covid-19 pandemic, racism in the USA, which lead to the establishment of the Black Lives Matter movement, migrant crises, human trafficking and other social crises have in common? The answer is the outstanding capability of the so-called sex industry to take advantage and make a profit from them.
    The War in Ukraine
    Let’s start from the most recent events. In recent weeks, the most searched terms on porn sites (those on so-called Trending lists) are “Ukrainian (...) Read more

  • Rape as a weapon of war

    Rape as a weapon of war

    It is pain, it is hurt, it is suffering, it is trauma, it is an enormous humiliation. It stays with a woman for her life, its repercussions are passed on to the following generations. It may end in pregnancy, it may end in stigmatization, it may end in self-hate, it may never heal, it may end in depression and death. It is barbarous, it is inhuman: Rape as a weapon of war. It is meant to demoralize and destabilize the civil society of a region or of a country by turning on women and girls. (...) Read more

  • Soroptimist International Europe: We stand up for women in warzones!

    Soroptimist International Europe: We stand up for women in warzones!

    What we are saying: SIE Statement on Ukraine War is not gender-neutral.
    In case of armed conflict, women suffer disproportionately. Women rarely seek war but are the most affected by war. In peace talks, they are usually absent, if not excluded.
    The conflict in Ukraine cannot leave us silent. We fear for the health and well-being of millions of women and girls who may suffer injury, loss of their homes and their jobs, displacement, loss of schooling, rape, and death. Women are much more (...) Read more

  • 8 March 2022: Calls from the Portuguese Platform for Women’s Rights

    8 March 2022: Calls from the Portuguese Platform for Women's Rights

    8M2022 WOMEN WANT PEACE!
    We live in uncertain and painful times, marked by the pandemic crisis of COVID-19 and its consequences and by armed conflicts that drag on intolerably, such as that of Yemen, or that have erupted violently, such as that of Ukraine, dramatically aggravating the living conditions of women and children. The Call for Peace in Europe 2,500 reported cases of sexual violence against women and girls related to armed conflict in 2020 in 18 countries; More than 70% of the (...) Read more

  • The Czech Women’s Lobby statement on the current situation of women from Ukraine

    The Czech Women's Lobby statement on the current situation of women from Ukraine

    On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, we would like to draw attention to the situation of women suffering from the war in Ukraine and the current migration crisis. We appreciate the support and assistance provided by Czech society and the Czech government to those arriving from Ukraine. We offer our expertise and diverse support services of our member organizations in dealing with this crisis. We call for the gender dimension, i.e. the different situation of women and men, to be (...) Read more

  • BULGARIA: Women’s rights organisations are working together towards the goal of a feminist Europe

    BULGARIA: Women's rights organisations are working together towards the goal of a feminist Europe

    This interview with the president of Bulgarian Platform of the European Women’s Lobby Iliana Balabanova was originally published on civicus.org.
    CIVICUS speaks about the upcoming International Women’s Day and Bulgarian civil society’s role in eliminating gender-based violence (GBV) with Iliana Balabanova, founder and president of the Bulgarian Platform of the European Women’s Lobby (BPEWL).
    BPEWL was founded in 2005 by a group of civil society organisations (CSOs) working for gender equality (...) Read more

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