Posted on 6 January 2015
[Brussels, 06 January 2015] On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the law legalising abortion in France, the French member of the European Women’s Lobby, la Coordination française pour le Lobby Européen des Femmes launched a petition to collect signatures of 343 women demanding legalisation of abortion in Europe by 17 January 2015.
We are looking for 343 women from all over Europe to sign the following text, to be printed in French Press in January at the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the abortion law in France. We will be demanding Abortion to be legal for all women in Europe.
We claim abortion as a fundamental right!
We are the future. We are the present. We are half of humanity. And we have had abortions in 2014.
There are hundreds of millions of us throughout the World for more years than one can tell.
We have done this because we chose to, were obliged to or were under pressure.
We uphold the right to abortion. We want access to contraception for everybody.
We want legal and medical safety. We claim abortion as a fundamental right.
We are not alone ; there are millions of us. And we are the future.
Sign the petition here.
Posted on 11 December 2014
[Brussels, 11 December 2014] 2015 will be a very special year for the European Women’s Lobby (EWL): we will celebrate our 25th anniversary and commemorate the 20 years of the Beijing Platform for action. We have already planned a series of activities to raise awareness on women’s rights all year long, and to celebrate 25 years of activism and change making!
Each month, according to our unique and exciting 2015 calendar, we will focus on one of the 12 critical areas of the Beijing Platform for Action: you will get our factsheet dedicated to the issue, which also shows EWL successes over the last years. The factsheet is part of EWL Beijing+20 report ’From words to action’, and is a strong tool to make a change for all women and girls in Europe and beyond. So join us by following us on social media, disseminating our factsheets and report, coming to our events and the activities of our members if you can! And happy 2015!
Posted on 28 November 2014
[Budapest, 28 November 2014] The Hungarian Parliament is about to vote on a bill next week (prepared by the Minister of Human Resources responsible for education, culture, health, social issues and equal opportunities, and Roma integration too, Mr Balog) which would make it his (the minister’s) sole right to exempt schools from the power of the antisegregation education law and the equal treatment law.
Racial or ethnic discrimination is prohibited in Hungary under Hungarian law (based on equal treatment and the promotion of equal opportunities legislation), and the European Union’s obligations (Racial Equality Directive). Over the past 10 years, court decisions ruled and numerous studies have supported that school segregation on the basis of ethnicity and socio-economic background to be illegal. Further it is proven that segregation has irreversible effects on children’s development, and their chances for the future.
The final judgment by the Court of Appeal of Debrecen, dated 6 November 2014, in the case of Nyíregyháza - Huszar settlement which reopened a segregated Roma school, ruled that it is forbidden to teach Roma pupils separately by reference to religious education. During the lawsuit Minister Zoltán Balog, who is also responsible for Education issues, repeatedly stated his position on his "affectionate support for segregation” and as a witness he stood by the segregators – the Greek Catholic Church. On the day of the verdict, the ministry in its communication promised to search for possibilities, that in similar cases, waivers could be applied to permit segregation.
Two weeks after the Nyíregyháza - Huszar judgment , the ministry proposed an amendment of the Public Education Act under paragraph (§ 27 (5) of Art.Z) that would authorize the government to determine in a decree, the waivers which could be applied to permit segregation in education.
If the proposed amendments would be voted and adopted without public consultation, the Government and the Minister will have the tools in their hands to legalize segregated remedial education.
It’s not just that it is in conflict with the Basic Law and other legislation, but this move goes against the promises of the National Social Inclusion Strategy, and creates the possibility that masses of children will be fully and finally excluded from mainstream society and denied the possibility of a secure future. The legalization of segregated education violates the dignity of the whole of Hungarian society and makes it impossible for all of our children to live together as equal citizens in Hungary.
Therefore, the signatories of this petition object to the adoption of the amendment and call on parliamentary decision-makers representing them to vote against this proposal!
Petition by Hungarian Roma human rights NGO (CFCF)
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:
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Together – with the support of you as “Friends of the EWL”, we can achieve more!
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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.