Posted byon 22 August 2014 | 0 comment
[Brussels, 1 August 2014] The EWL Secretary General Joanna Maycock has been interviewed by Euronews on maternity leave rights in Europe.
In fact, since the European parliament adopted in a first reading the draft maternity leave directive nearly four years ago, the text has been blocked in the Council by a number of member states.
“In a nutshell what the European parliament proposed in 2010 was a minimum of 20 weeks full paid maternity leave for women, plus it strengthens other rights. (...)
Posted byon 31 July 2014 | 0 comment
EWL welcomes the entry in to force on the 1st of August of the Council of Europe’s Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.
Known also as the “Istanbul Convention”, this convention obliges governments that have ratified it to counter all forms of violence against women. They will have to take specific steps to fight rape and sexual violence, stalking, sexual harassment, domestic violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
EWL has been (...)
Posted byon 24 July 2014 | 0 comment
(London, 22 July 2014) On 22 July, the UK government and UNICEF hosted the first Girl Summit, aimed at mobilising domestic and international efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage (CEFM) within a generation. To get concrete change, the girl Summit has launched a pledge for everyone to support. Watch the video “What does freedom mean to you?”, produced to support the Girl Summit.
10 reasons to watch it! #Freedomls
Child, early and forced marriage affects (...)
Posted byon 23 July 2014 | 0 comment
[Brussels, 14 July 2014. Press release of AGE Platform Europe] Ahead of the election of the President of the European Commission tomorrow in Strasbourg, AGE Platform Europe calls on MEPs to check Mr. Juncker’s commitments to tackle positively population ageing. Demographic change, if addressed adequately by EU leaders, is a key opportunity to implement innovative solutions that will make Europe a better place to work and live and help the EU create new jobs and find sustainable solutions for (...)
Posted byon 9 July 2014 | 0 comment
[Press release of IPPF, 9 July 2014] New research published today highlights how the law in different countries often restricts young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health services.
A series of reports by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and Coram Children’s Legal Centre (CCLC) also found that taboos and stigma related to young people’s sexuality are often made worse by restrictive laws.
The series called ‘Over-protected and Under-served: A multi-country (...)
on 4 July 2014 | 0 comment
[New York, 1 July, 2014] As part of UN Women’s Beijing+20 campaign, this month the focus is on Women in Power and Decision-making, one of the 12 critical areas of concern of the Beijing Platform for Action. UN Women spotlight women leaders and decision-makers who are ushering change for their societies.
Women are often dynamic leaders of change, galvanizing women and men to get involved, claim their rights, strengthen their communities and protect their planet. Their participation is (...)
Posted byon 1 July 2014 | 0 comment
[New York, 25 June 2014] The graduate institute Geneva launched the 2014 edition of its flagship publication "The Small Arms Survey 2014: Women and Guns", which considers the multiple roles of women in the context of armed violence, security, and the small arms agenda. The Small Arms Survey is produced annually by a team of researchers based in Geneva, Switzerland, and a worldwide network of local researchers. Policy-makers, diplomats, and non-governmental organizations have come to value (...)
Posted byon 1 July 2014 | 0 comment
[Press release of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, 30 June 2014] All across the EU, children without parental care risk falling victims of abuse or trafficking. Today, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) releases a handbook to strengthen national guardianship systems for children in Europe, as part of the EU’s anti-trafficking strategy which recognises the vital role guardians play in protecting children from harm.
Download the handbook: Guardianship for children deprived of (...)
on 20 June 2014 | 0 comment
[Press release of EP Intergroup on LGBT rights, Brussels, 12 June 2014] Yesterday, the Danish Parliament voted a new regulation which will make it easier for transgender persons to see their preferred gender officially recognised.
By adopting this law, Denmark has become the first European country to delete the ‘Gender Identity Disorder’ diagnosis as a necessary requirement in the gender recognition process.
Other advances include the repeal of preconditions as compulsory sterilisation or (...)
Posted byon 18 June 2014 | 0 comment
[Brussels, 18 June 2014] From 10 to 13 June, London hosted the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. The UK Foreign Secretary and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, co-chaired the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict with a strong message: Sexual violence in conflict destroys lives and damages communities.
This was the largest gathering ever brought together on the subject, with 1,700 delegates and 129 country delegations (...)