Portugal is one of the few countries that has had, since 1988, specific legislation addressing the rights of Women’s Associations. This is a clear statement on the historical importance of these associations in the Portuguese backdrop. The centrality of women’s associations was also recognized at the Beijing + 25 world celebrations and the subsequent Generation Equality Forum, a context that has propelled the Portuguese Platform for Women’s Rights’s (PpDM) study on the financial sustainability (...) Read more
It is with sadness that we have learned that we lost another feminist at EWL. We were shocked to hear of the [accidental death of Marie-Paule Grossetête->https://osezlefeminisme.fr/femmage-a-marie-paule-grossetete, co-president of the Coordination Française pour le Lobby Européen des Femmes (CLEF), EWL’s National Coordination in France. Marie-Paule was a tireless, passionate feminist and a role model for the younger generation to whom she remained close. Marie-Paule recently illustrated her (...) Read more
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It was with great sadness that we learned that Emma Ritch passed away suddenly last Friday 9 July. Emma was Engender. She also provided key recommendations and insights as one of our gender budgeting experts which led to the recent launch of our [gender budgeting platform->http://genderbudgeting.eu, geared towards presenting solutions and strategies for governments and foundations to channel resources to women’s rights and women’s organisations.
Above everything (...) Read more
[15 June 2021] Our organisations were pleased to learn that the government seems to be giving special attention to prosecuting the perpetrators of child sexual abuse. We can only welcome this. However, the bill itself (T/16365) adopted today is seriously flawed:
To call sexual violence against children paedophilia is misleading.
Framing the issue using the concept of paedophilia gives the misleading impression that sexual abuse against children is the result of a mental disorder or (...) Read more
[Porto, 6 May 2021] On the eve of the Porto Social Summit, the high moment of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, paving the way for the next decade to meet the challenges of the present and the future, the Portuguese Platform for Women’s Rights (PpDM) is a roadmap for a CARE PACT produced from reflections from two workshops organized in November last year by the [Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Portugal->https://fes-portugal.org, the [Portuguese Platform for (...) Read more
Read an update of the current experience of our Maltese members working on the way toward more equal laws concerning prostitution. This is done in collaboration with European Women’s Lobby and Malta Women’s Lobby as part of the Brussels’ Call campaign Her Future Is Equal, for a Europe free from prostitution.
Maltese Government has been advocating for and working on decriminalisation of prostitution. As a women’s rights organisation, we are aware and recognise that if such laws are implemented, (...) Read more
On November 25, the Czech Women´s Lobby, in cooperation with Slovo 21 (Association for Integration and Migration), organised an online debate on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The debate, entitled My Body, My Decision, focused on reproductive rights of Roma and migrant women in our country. Deciding on one´s own body seems to be a natural thing. In spite of that, in the light of events in Poland, we can see that this does not necessarily (...) Read more
This article was originally published on [Lossi 36->https://lossi36.com/2021/03/08/there-are-plenty-of-capable-women-in-our-society-an-interview-with-hana-stelzerova-director-of-the-czech-womens-lobby.
For International Women’s Day, Owen Howells interviewed Hana Stelzerová – Director of the Czech Women’s Lobby (CWL) to discover her views on the situation for women in the Czech Republic, her inspiration for pursuing her career, and her perspectives on women’s roles in the Covid-19 crisis.
Can (...) Read more
Dear Taoiseach Martin,
Re: Turkeys Withdrawal from the Council of Europe Convention Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence
The Irish Observatory on Violence Against Women and Girls condemns the decision of the President of Turkey to pull his country out of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention) and considers it a devastating signal to women and girls in Turkey and across (...) Read more
The Icelandic Women’s Rights Association condemns Turkey’s decision to withdraw from the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention.
Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention is not only an attack on women, but also on LGBTQ+ people, minority groups and people in a vulnerable position. Turkey’s actions set back and prevent the progress to full equality, not only within their borders but in (...) Read more