Mission, vision & values

Mission, vision and values

The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) brings together the women’s movement in Europe to influence the general public and European Institutions in support of women’s human rights and equality between women and men.

We are the largest European umbrella network of women’s associations representing a total of more than 2000 organisations in all EU Member States and Candidate Countries, as well as 19 European-wide organisations representing the diversity of women and girls in Europe. EWL envisions a society in which women’s contribution to all aspects of life is recognised, rewarded and celebrated - in leadership, in care and in production; all women have self-confidence, freedom of choice, and freedom from violence and exploitation; and no woman or girl is left behind.

[Read EWL’s Strategic Framework post 2015]

Vision

We believe in a Feminist Europe. We want a holistic, transformational socioeconomic
vision, based on well-being, equality, social justice, and a powerful voice against women’s poverty. We envision a culture in which women enjoy equal rights and participation in reimagined power and decision-making structures, in which all forms of violence against women has been eliminated, and women have been liberated from all forms of oppression. We envision a society in which women’s contribution to all aspects of life is recognised, rewarded and celebrated - in leadership, in care and in production; all women have freedom of choice, self-confidence, and freedom from exploitation; and no woman has been left behind.

Mission

We are a credible source of expertise and experience on equality between women and
men and women’s rights, representing the diversity of the women’s movement across the European Union. We represent an inclusive, confident, loud, independent feminist voice and bring real women’s voices into the EU political arena. We build consensus and mobilise our members’ collective experience to work on major issues affecting women, to realise women’s rights, equality between women and men and social justice. We act as a catalyst connecting different actors and organisations to bring change at EU level.

EWL’s 6 core values

  • Equality between women and men
  • Diversity
  • Peace
  • Dignity
  • Justice
  • Respect

EWL’s 5 key principles

  • Women’s rights are Human Rights (non-negotiable and indivisible)
  • Solidarity
  • Autonomy
  • Participation
  • Inclusion

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