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When the going gets tough, the tough #getcracking

[Brussels, 9 December 2016] Message from EWL Secretary General Joanna Maycock.

Dear EWL Friends and Family,

Let me begin by stating the obvious…This has been one hell of a year.
From Brexit, to the US elections, to the heartbreaking suffering of refugees, this year has seen the progress that many of us have spent our lives fighting for, appear to grind to a terrifying halt. Throughout Europe and the Western world, fear and hatred have created a worrying momentum for nationalist right-wing leaders. Women’s rights are under threat, with even the most basic rights seemingly up for discussion. From Poland, to Turkey to Belgium, it really feels like every single day, new laws are being considered to limit women’s freedom over their own lives and decisions.

But no matter how hard this year has been, we will not be defeated.

Here at the European Women’s Lobby, we’re not about to lose hope. We are on a mission to smash the patriarchy, to shatter glass ceilings and to create a feminist future for Europe. A future where person enjoys equal rights; a future where well-being is placed above profit, a future where we live in a sustainable way.
And we will not stop working until we reach this goal.

We need your help! The need for our work is greater than ever, but funding for women’s rights is being cut across the board. Your donations have never been more important than they are today. This is why we have launched the Glass Ceiling Emergency Fund, a campaign to help us raise 5,000 euros by the end of 2016, so we can be bolder in our campaigning to strengthen women’s rights.

Cracking the glass ceiling

This year, we have had some incredible successes in our fight for gender equality in Europe.

….and these are just a few examples!

So if you believe in a Europe where all people share equal rights, it’s time to #GetCracking! Donate now and help make Europe a better, brighter place for all of us.

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