Press Releases

  • Time to Deliver!

    Time to Deliver!

    [Brussels, 25 November 2022] 25 November marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (VAW) and the start of the 16 Days of Activism to end VAW. On this occasion, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) is urging the EU and all European countries to make Europe a safe place for all women and girls by adopting EU legislation on preventing and combating all forms of violence against women and girls.
    Male violence against women and girls is the most pervasive violation of (...) Read more

  • The European Women’s Lobby welcomes the European Care Strategy – a stepping-stone towards a Care Deal for Europe

    The European Women's Lobby welcomes the European Care Strategy – a stepping-stone towards a Care Deal for Europe

    [Brussels, 15 September 2022] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) warmly welcomes the recent proposal from the European Commission for a European Care Strategy, which is a stepping-stone towards a Care Deal for Europe.
    “At long last, care is on the European political agenda, embedded in a gender equality framework, as it acknowledges the overwhelming role of women in providing both paid and unpaid care, which impacts their own economic independence and participation in all aspects of life", (...) Read more

  • Protect Women and Children from sexual exploitation now and tomorrow

    Protect Women and Children from sexual exploitation now and tomorrow

    [Brussels, 20 April 2022]
    According to UNHCR, 4 million people have already fled to the European Union and other neighboring countries since the war began in Ukraine on February 24, 2022. Women and children in particular are on the run. They have been through traumatic experiences and are in great fear for their families and the future of their country. These people are particularly vulnerable and need the greatest possible protection.
    Since the beginning of the war, however, we have also (...) Read more

  • Historic landmark: the European Commission publishes its Directive proposal to fight violence against women and domestic violence

    Historic landmark: the European Commission publishes its Directive proposal to fight violence against women and domestic violence

    [Strasbourg, 8 March 2022] On International Women’s Day, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) welcomes the European Commission’s legislative proposal on combating violence against women and domestic violence released today. This marks a historic moment and an unprecedented success for the EWL and its members, who have long fought to bring the issue of violence against women and girls on the EU political agenda.
    The increase of violence against women and girls (VAWG) during the Covid-19 pandemic, (...) Read more

  • EWL calls on new woman President of the EP Metsola for ambitious women’s rights measures

    EWL calls on new woman President of the EP Metsola for ambitious women's rights measures

    [Brussels, 18 January 2022] Following Roberta Metsola’s election as the new President of the European Parliament, the European Women’s Lobby calls on President Metsola to champion ambitious measures to advance women’s rights in the EU and to advocate for significant achievements on equality between women and men, including on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights.
    A woman heading the institution representing EU citizens is a significant opportunity not only to ensure women’s rights are high (...) Read more

  • Sexist and misogynist hate speech and hate crime have no place in the EU

    Brussels, 9 December 2021
    The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) welcomes the European Commission’s proposal to add hate speech and hate crime, including those committed against women and girls, to the list of Eurocrimes in Article 83 (1) of the TFEU.
    The initiative by the European Commission comes as the first of a series of proposals to combat violence against women and girls. Indeed, sexist hate speech and hate crime against women and girls are part of the continuum of male violence, and (...) Read more

  • PRESS RELEASE: Dr Özlem Türeci, BioNTech’s chief medical officer, wins Woman of Europe Award

    PRESS RELEASE: Dr Özlem Türeci, BioNTech's chief medical officer, wins Woman of Europe Award

    [Brussels, 1 December 2021] In the ceremony held this evening, Prof. Özlem Türeci was awarded a Woman of Europe Award in the Woman in Business category. Also Angela Merkel, Jenny Rasche, and Greta Thunberg won in the Woman in Power, Action, and Youth Activism categories respectively. The award ceremony, the sixth annual Women of Europe Awards, was organised digitally by the European Movement International and the European Women’s Lobby.
    According to the jury, representing extraordinary women (...) Read more

  • PRESS RELEASE | Women of Europe Awards 2021: Shortlisted Candidates & Jury Announced

    PRESS RELEASE | Women of Europe Awards 2021: Shortlisted Candidates & Jury Announced

    [Brussels, 05 November 2021] The European Movement International and the European Women’s Lobby are proud to announce the jury and shortlisted nominees of the 6th annual Women of Europe Awards 2021, taking place 1 December 2021, 16:00-17:00 CET. The ceremony will be produced and streamed online with the cooperation of Euronews, our media partner, and can be viewed live here.
    This year’s distinguished jury consists of female leaders from all walks of life across Europe, including Eva Maydell (...) Read more

  • ECJ Decision on the Istanbul Convention: a missed opportunity

    ECJ Decision on the Istanbul Convention: a missed opportunity

    [Brussels, 6 October 2021] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) regrets the absence of a clear direction in the opinion by the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) on the EU’s accession to the Istanbul Convention and renews its call to the European Commission for a strong Directive to prevent and combat all forms of violence against women and girls.
    Today, the ECJ published its long awaited responses to the European Parliament’s inquiries on the EU’s accession to the Istanbul Convention, (...) Read more

  • The European Parliament calls to step up the fight against violence

     The European Parliament calls to step up the fight against violence

    The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) welcomes the European Parliament’s historic milestone in the fight against violence against women and girls in Europe.
    By voting in favor of a Report recommending to the Commission to include gender-based violence among EU crimes in Article 83(1) TFEU (2021/2035(INL)) with an absolute majority and 427 Votes in favour, the European Parliament sent a progressive signal that the European Commission cannot ignore. This report is indeed a very important step (...) Read more

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EWL event "Progress towards a Europe free from all forms of male violence" to mark the 10th aniversary of the Istanbul Convention, 12 May 2021.

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