Posted on 11 November 2014
[New Delhi, India, 11 November 2014] Three million girls and women are trapped in prostitution in India. Most are between nine and thirteen years of age. The majority are from scheduled castes and backward classes-Dalits and OBCs. On average, they are raped by eight or ten customers a night for the profit of pimps.
The Chairperson of the National Commission for Women in India proposes to legalise prostitution in India. This means legalising the profiteers of the sex-industry and their customers, which in turn means allowing rape for profit of poor, low-caste, female teen-agers with impunity. It means making India a world magnet for sex trafficking.
Join Apne Aap in asking her to propose the punishment of their pimps and traffickers, brothel keepers, recruiters and transporters, with the penalizing of the buyers and the de-criminalizing of the women and children who are bought and sold.
Let us shift the blame and shame from the victim to the perpetrator where it belongs. Let us not legalise the sale of sexual violation. Sexual abuse is not a job. Sign the petition here!
Please tweet this hashtag: #punishthepimp
Posted on 3 October 2014
[Montréal, 3 October 2014] The 5th of October is the International Day of No Prostitution. you can make your voice heard towards a world free from prostitution! Make a picture of yourself with #niclientnicomplice and #idontbuysex and post it on your social media, together with #HeforShe. Or send it to http://niclientnicomplice.tumblr.com/submit.
The European Women’s Lobby and the Brussels’ Call support the campaign of the Canadian association CLES (Concertation des Luttes contre l’exploitation sexuelle) "Ni client ni complice" / "Neither buyer nor accomplice".
Posted on 28 August 2014
Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, African Union Goodwill Ambassador, invites us to join this facebook page for the Campaign to End Child Marriage in Africa and to support it.
Early and forced marriage is still a problem for many girls around the world. Real change has to happen in communities, where we have to address the root causes and give opportunities to girls.
According to the association Girls Not Brides, every year, an estimated 14 million girls aged under 18 are married worldwide with little or no say in the matter. In the developing world, one in seven girls is married before her 15th birthday and some child brides are as young as eight or nine.
Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda said we need a very strong action in Africa and at the same time we have to galvanise the strong global social movement against Early and forced marriage.
Join the campaign by supporting the facebook page: like, share, disseminate!
Posted on 24 July 2014
(Brussels 22 July 2014) President Juncker is currently negotiating with Member States to form the new European Commission and a transversal campaign calls him to respect a crucial requirement, to guarantee gender equality in the nomination of commissioners. In the outgoing Commission, only 9 commissioners on 28 were women.
The European Union is committed to making continual progress towards gender equality; hence an increase in the number of female commissioners in the new EU Commission is an urgent matter.
Junker should nominate 14 female commissioners, but Member States seem not likely to fill this moral obligation. The candidates presented by 11 countries in the beginning of July are all men and the Italian female candidate to become High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, hasn’t been approved by the Council.
Europolitics collected and cross-checked information about women in Member States who could be valuable candidates for the European Commission. The result of this work is a list of 70 women perfectly worthy of becoming commissioners and fitting for the position in the actual political situation.
Sign the petition asking for at least ten female commissioners here!
You can also join the #TenOrMore campaign called by female EU commissioners asking for more women commissioners. If we reach this objective not only would the EU Commission thereby be more diverse and more effective, but it would also be more representative of its citizens, half of which are women!
For more information, please read the following letter sent to Jean-Claude Juncker by female European commissioners.
And here you can find EWL open letter to Juncker, asking for a gender equal Commission and to designate a European Commissioner for women’s rights and gender equality.
Posted on 9 June 2014
[Brussels, 6 June 2014] Why is equality only the icing on the cake? Make it a reality for everyday!
Do you believe that women’s rights are human rights and that it is high time equality between women and men was made reality?
Become a “Friend of the European Women’s Lobby" and donate once or on a monthly, quarterly or yearly basis!
By becoming a "Friend of the European Women’s Lobby" (EWL), you invest in a brighter future for every girl, woman, man and boy in Europe.
Every day, the EWL is campaigning for a gender equal Europe. With regular financial support from friends like you, the EWL can ensure the existence of an independent voice for women’s rights in Europe.
Benefits of becoming a “Friend of the EWL” include:
If you believe that…
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Together – with the support of you as “Friends of the EWL”, we can achieve more!
To become a “Friend of the EWL” fill in this online form.
Please spread the word and share with like-minded friends, family and colleagues interested in women’s rights and gender equality.
You can find out more about the work you can support and how by downloading the EWL publication HER FUTURE – What’s it Worth to You?
Posted on 5 June 2014
If committed to women’s rights, young women leaders can make a difference for women and girls in Europe! Support the European Women’s Lobby and its innovative training modules in order to have your voice heard at European level, through the commitment of young women leaders.
The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) is now part of the Catapult community! Catapult is a crowd-funding platform dedicated to gender equality, and is hosting an innovative project of the EWL. EWL’s project consists of developing training modules on women’s rights and leadership, in order to make sure that the voice of women’s organisations is brought at European level through the commitment of trained young women leaders.
Please help us to reach our crowd-funding goals in order to be able to devleop our training modules and deliver them to the young women leaders who will be elected in the European Parliament! Because young women parliamentarians are women’s organisations’ allies in the realisation of gender equality.
Support our project, donate, share the link on Internet and social media, make noise about it! We would like to reach our funding goal by the time of the European elections!
Thanks to our training, young women leaders will be able to make a change towards a brighter future for women and girls in Europe. We know how important it is to have committed allies at European level, to push for gender equality and promote and support initiatives upholding women’s rights in Europe. For example, in the last term, thanks to our advocacy work, the EP adopted a resolution on violence against women with concrete legislative recommendations to the European Commission. Last November, the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) supported our views on gender equality and pushed for more women on boards in an EU directive.
This project is innovative because, by investing in the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) training modules, you invest in a Europe caring for gender equality. By helping us to develop these modules towards young women leaders, you are making a contribution to long-term change and support the voice of women’s organisations in Europe. Moreover, the modules will be also used by our members at national level, towards decision-makers of different democratic structures.
We are investing in young women leaders! Our workshops will also bring confidence and leadership tools to young women leaders in Brussels. As a result, they will become more visible in their field and bring the voice of young women and girls in Europe to debates and policies. We hope that more young women leaders will commit to women’s rights and make a change in the European leadership world towards gender equality. In the long term, these women will act as role models for other young women.
Click here to find out more about the project.
Posted on 22 May 2014
Check out our European elections page with our manifesto, reactions of topcandidates Ska Keller, Guy Verhofstadt, Martin Schulz and Jean-Claude Juncker, all other MEPS/candidates who commit to gender equality and our gender audit of the parties’ elections manifestos in the context of our 50/50 campaign.
We need to make sure that women’s rights and gender equality will be at the core of the policies and work of the new European institutions.
Posted on 16 May 2014
[Brussels, 16 May 2014] Tomorrow, the European Women’s Lobby will be present at the open door day of the European institutions. We will be outside the European Parliament, so if you are in Brussels, come and see us!
To celebrate Europe Day in the weeks leading up to the European elections, the EU institutions open their doors to the public in Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg.
Posted on 17 April 2014
[17 April 2014] The CATWLAC (Coalition against Trafficking in Women in Latin America and Caribe) has launched a campaign to alert on the organisation of prostitution and the trivialization of sexual exploitation in Brazil, especially during the 2014 World Cup Brazil and the 2016 Olympic Games.
Say NO to sex tourism and sexual exploitation. Sign the petition to support the campaign. Your signature can make a real change to the lives of hundreds of women and girls in Brazil.
Brazil is the sixth largest economy in the world with 200 million inhabitants and is hosting the World Cup from June 12 to July 13, 2014 and the Olympic Games in Summer 2016. An estimated 600,000 tourists will attend the Soccer World Cup, mainly from the Americas.
While most tourists enjoy Brazil’s beautiful sites and beaches, many individuals travel to Brazil for sex tourism or while attending these major sporting events, will exploit women and children in the sex trade. Brazil is one of the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean with the highest incidences of sex tourism, along with the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Venezuela and Puerto Rico.
Posted on 15 April 2014
As the European Parliament elections are getting closer, we need to make sure that women’s rights and gender equality will be at the core of the policies and work of the new European institutions. Let’s join forces to contact all candidates and make sure that they support the Manifesto of the European Women’s Lobby "Act now for her future, commit to gender equality!".
The more candidates support EWL Manifesto, the more gender equality will be taken into account both in the European elections discussion, and in the new European institutions. Getting many supporters is therefore important at all levels: it will help you to address women’s rights at local and national level, and it will help all of us to push for a Europe that promotes gender equality.
This week is the last plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. We know that many MEPs are answering their emails, and many of them are candidates. So please take action this week and contact your candidates!
You can use the template message below to contact them, and please inform us of their answer!
You can also send twitter messages to your candidates, using this template:
@xxx Ready to commit to #genderequality? Listen to #EuropeanWomensVoice and say YES to our #EP2014 Manifesto! @EuropeanWomen
You will find here the list of MEPs who have already endorsed EWL Manifesto. Let’s get much more until the European elections! Thanks for your support!
In a month, women and men from all over Europe will vote for new European institutions.
We turn to you to ask you to listen to the voices of women’s organisations: do you want a Europe which fosters gender equality and promotes and protects women’s and girls’ rights?
Last month, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, the European Women’s Lobby unveiled its Manifesto for the European elections "Act now for her future, commit to gender equality!", which comprises concrete and realistic demands for a Europe realising gender equality and supporting women’s human rights (see the Manifesto attached). These demands are based on the reality of women’s lives, as experienced by our members and all the women and girls that our member organisations are supporting and assisting every day in all parts of Europe.
Will you be the champion of gender equality and endorse EWL Manifesto “Act now for her future, commit to gender equality!”?
Realising equality between women and men is crucial at all levels, from the local to the European. We hope that you will show your commitment and endorse EWL Manifesto.
On behalf of the millions of women and men in Europe, who believe in gender equality as a tool for social justice, solidarity and dignity, we thank you for your attention, and hope to read your answer soon.