Statements

Statements podium These Statements lay out the EWL position on topical matters.

  • Eight priorities for the Irish Presidency of the EU

    [Brussels, 07 November 2012] On 01 January 2013, Ireland will take on the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The European Women’s Lobby calls on the forthcoming Presidency to be a driving force for women’s rights in Europe, especially in the current crisis, ensuring that further cutbacks which would have a long-term negative impact on gender equality are avoided or reversed.
    The EWL has listed eight priorities for the Irish Presidency in the area of gender equality and women’s (...) Read more

  • EWL Statement to Russian Government: Free Pussy Riot NOW!

    EWL Statement to Russian Government: Free Pussy Riot NOW!

    [Brussels, 10 August 2012] The litmus test of working democracy in any country is that the artists have the freedom of expression even when they criticise, make a satyr or openly mock official pillars of social and political power, such as the dominant church or the president of the state.
    We want to believe that Russia has a real potential for becoming a democratic country.
    We call on all relevant authorities of Russia, to pass this simple test. We are sure that you want the world to (...) Read more

  • EWL Statement on Self-Regulation of Advertising by the Cosmetics Industry

    [Brussels, 04 July 2012] The European Women’s Lobby, the largest umbrella organisation of women’s associations in the European Union (EU), welcomes the adoption of a Charter and Guiding Principles on Responsible Advertising and Marketing Communication by the European cosmetics industry. While favouring binding measures at EU and national level to ensure respect for and promotion of women’s rights and gender equality in media output, the EWL is supportive of this initiative, and calls for (...) Read more

  • EWL Statement On the EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings 2012-2016

    [Brussels, 19 June 2012] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL),* the largest coalition of women’s NGOs in Europe, welcomes the efforts of the European Commission (EC) to provide an integrated, coherent, and outcome-oriented strategy towards the eradication of trafficking in human beings. The appointment of an EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator in 2010 was undoubtedly a first sign of the EU’s will to develop effective policies to eradicate trafficking in human beings.
    The EWL has long been calling on (...) Read more

  • Emergency Motions presented to and adopted by EWL General Assembly 2012

    The EWL General Assembly on 13 May adopted three Emergency Motions.
    EWL condemns detention of “Pussy Riot” activists by Russian authorities
    The European Women’s Lobby condemns the detention of Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samucevich by the Russian authorities for allegedly performing a protest song in a cathedral as part of a feminist punk group ‘Pussy Riot’. The three young women have been charged with "hooliganism", have been remanded in jail, facing up to 7 years (...) Read more

  • Manifesto - Women’s Socio Economic Rights and Gender Equality from a life-cycle perspective (May 2012)

    Presented at the EWL Annual Conference, Budapest, 11 May 2012
    We, members of the European Women’s Lobby, reaffirm that a sustainable future for the European Union and the world is possible only if all women, men, girls and boys are free to contribute equally to society regardless of where they are situated in the ‘circle of life’. We affirm that gender relations strongly impact the entire life cycle from birth to old age, influencing access to resources and opportunities and shaping life (...) Read more

  • EWL and partners call on EU Member States and European Commission to safeguard family life of migrants and refugees

    EWL and partners call on EU Member States and European Commission to safeguard family life of migrants and refugees

    [Brussels, 15 May 2010] Today, on the International Day of Families, we, the undersigned organisations, call on the European Commission and EU Member States to guarantee the effective right to family life and family reunification for all migrants and beneficiaries of international protection. It is in the interest of Member States to harmonize practices and legislation in the field of family reunification. We remind that Member States have the obligation to properly implement the EU Family (...) Read more

  • EWL Priorities for the Danish Presidency of the European Union, January-June 2012

    EWL Priorities for the Danish Presidency of the European Union, January-June 2012

    [Brussels, November 2011] On 01 January 2012, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) will pass from Poland to Denmark. The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) is the largest association of women’s organisations in Europe with more than 2000 member organisations. The EWL calls on the Danish Presidency to be a driving force for women’s rights in Europe despite the current financial, economic and social crisis. Both at the European and the national level, we witness how the crisis is (...) Read more

  • Safeguarding the highest standards for health professionals in the EU

    Safeguarding the highest standards for health professionals in the EU

    [Brussels, 30 September 2011] “Health Professionals’ education must not be compromised in name of the Single Market”, states the EWL in a Joint Statement issued on 30 September 2011 with the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), the European Patients’ Forum and the European Consumers’ Organisation (BEUC) in the context of the public consultation on the Green Paper on Modernising the Professional Qualifications Directive, adjacent to the Single Market Reform (for more information see: (...) Read more

  • European Women’s Lobby’s Statement Concerning EU Legislation for the Equal Representation of Women and Men on Corporate Boards (July 2011)

    European Women's Lobby's Statement Concerning EU Legislation for the Equal Representation of Women and Men on Corporate Boards (July 2011)

    Executive Summary
    The promotion of the equal representation of women and men in decision-making has been at the core of the European Women’s Lobby’s work since its creation in 1990. This work includes in particular the EWL 50/50 Campaign for Democracy launched in 2008 and focusing on the European elections of 2009 and subsequent allocation of EU ‘Top Jobs’. For the EWL, parity in decision-making is an issue of democratic representation and of social progress at EU and national levels, in (...) Read more

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