[Brussels, 1 December 2019] Today, the new European Commission takes office for the next 5 years, with commitments higher than ever before towards improving women’s rights in Europe. Led by Ursula von der Leyen, the first women President of the European Commission, the College of Commissioners is also, for the first time in history, close to achieving gender parity. The European Women’s Lobby was particularly happy to see the repeated commitments from both President Ursula von der Leyen and (...) Read more
Monitoring women in politics
[Brussels, 30 October 2019] The European Women’s Lobby has ran the 50/50 Campaign in the months leading up to the European elections. The campaign objective was to achieve parity between women and men in the European institutions and to ensure demands detailed in the “Women for European Europe for Women” manifesto are delivered. The European elections saw an increase of the number of women elected MEPs (from 36% to 41%) which, while still not enough, was already an accomplishment. In addition, (...) Read more
[Brussels, 12 October 2016] Gudrun Schyman is not only a Swedish feminist thought-leader but also the founder and spokesperson of the [Feminist Initiative party->http://feministisktinitiativ.se/sprak/english in Sweden. Founded in 2005, the party - currently has elected seats in both the European Parliament and in 13 Swedish municipalities. During her trip to Brussels, EWL’s Matilda Flemming interviewed her, as part of a European-wide study, conducted by the Feminist Initiative.
Gudrun, what (...) Read more
[Brussels, 17 June 2015]
The Spring Edition of the EWL’s #5050campaign is drawing to a close…
Over the past four months the EWL’s #5050Campaign covered elections and women’s participation in the governments of Finland, the United Kingdom, Poland and Turkey. We’d like to thank the EWL members NYTKIS, for their much appreciated contributions. While the UK and Turkey saw increased representation for women in the legislative bodies following the elections, Finland lost one woman-held seat and (...) Read more
[Brussels, 29 April 2015] It is now a well-known fact that women represent more than half of the population of the European Union, but they are not represented equally in decision-making at all European levels. This current and lingering under-representation is a serious obstacle to the democratic legitimacy of the EU.
However, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) and its members are encouraged by positive developments in the European Commission this year that represent steps in the right (...) Read more
[Brussels, 24 April 2015] As part of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) 50/50 campaign, we’re evaluating the results of Finland’s parliamentary election that took place on Sunday, April 19 and looking ahead to the General Election taking place in the United Kingdom May 7.
How many women candidates were elected to the Finnish Parliament? What does the scene look like for women candidates across the UK with campaign season in full swing and less than 2 weeks to go before Election Day?
Finland (...) Read more
[Brussels, 10 April 2015] Parliamentary elections are coming up fast in the following countries:
Finland, 19 April
United Kingdom, 7 May
Turkey, 7 June
And Poland will be holding presidential elections on 20 May.
The EWL continues to work with our members compiling and sharing concrete information on women’s participation in national governments and encouraging discussion of the issue of gender equal representation.
Check out the gender audit infographics below and let us know what (...) Read more
[Brussels, 26 March 2015]
2015 is an important year for the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) and for the women’s rights movement globally. The European Women’s Lobby is celebrating 25 years of action for equality between women in men in all spheres: social, economic, and political. The international community is also celebrating and reflecting on the progress achieved in the 20 years following the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action at the fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. The (...) Read more
[Brussels, 16 September 2014] Here you find some reactions of international newspapers to the new Composition of the European Commission. El Pais speaks about a conservative Junker "El conservador Juncker crea una Comisión Europea más política" Urbania says in Europe we prefer men as decision makers “L’Europe se conjuge au mascule” Emma states "Frauen in der EU-Kommission: #NotEnough"
These articles mention EWL’s disappointment and report the view of our Fundraising Coordinator and Policy (...) Read more
[Brussels, 12 September 2014] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) welcomes the appointment of Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers & Gender Equality.
Not only a title
“Gender Equality” has been explicitly acknowledged in Ms Jourová’s title, which we believe to be a strong political statement. It was one of the EWL demands in our Manifesto for the European Parliamentary elections of May and we look very much forward to engage in dialogue with Ms Jourová on about how to ensure (...) Read more