[Brussels, 1 March 2023] In 2022, EIGE Gender Equality Index for the sub-domain of power scored 57.2 points, the lowest score of all domains. In Europe, when it comes to women accessing decision-making positions in politics, the sector is still heavily segregated: women respectively represent only 33.4% of Ministers and 33% of Members of Parliaments. Furthermore, in the EU Parliament there are only 17 female MEPs from ethnic minorities. Yet, women, in all their diversity, should be equally (...) Read more
EWL in-depth analysis reports provide a solid basis for policy advocacy on gender equality in Europe.
[Brussels, 14 April 2021] The European Women’s Lobby is committed to eliminating all forms of male violence against women and girls. The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, the Istanbul Convention, is the most comprehensive legislative instrument to date in Europe that fully tackles violence against women and girls. Ahead of the Convention’s 10th anniversary, the EWL is pleased to present its report “Towards a Europe Free from (...) Read more
[Brussels, 10 July 2020] A key priority for the European Women’s Lobby is ending all forms of violence against women. We recognise that this is a systemic issue that affects millions of women and girls across Europe, and serves as a tool of patriarchy which has individual lifelong impact and serves to continue to oppress woman and girls.
As such, EWL seeks to see not only accountability and justice for all victims, and towards perpetrators, but also to prevent the occurrence of such (...) Read more
[Brussels, 4 March 2020] The EWL’s publication “Purple Pact: A feminist approach to the economy”, the result of the EWL feminist economics working group, provides analysis and recommendations to rethink the current macro-economic system from a critical feminist perspective. The feminist approach to the economy embodied in the EWL’s Purple Pact takes as a starting point the full participation of women in all areas of life, and equal representation of women in all their diversity, at all levels (...) Read more
[Brussels, 16 December 2018] Writer and women’s rights activist, Elif Shafak: ‘It’s a crucial moment for global feminism. (…) We women sometimes play a role in the continuity of patriarchy, because patriarchy is not a black and white system in which men oppress women. It’s much more complicated. I think we need to go back to the basics. Remember the solidarity. The sisterhood. And expand it.”
The women of Central and Eastern Europe are telling their stories. The story they tell is one of the (...) Read more
[Brussels, December 12, 2018] In May 2019, European citizens will vote to decide on the new composition of the European Parliament. The outcome of the elections will also have an impact on the face of the new European Commission and will have an influence on European politics, taking on the present and shaping the future of women and girls in Europe. Though we would like to believe otherwise, data show that women are still very much second-class citizens in the European Union (EU). While (...) Read more
[Brussels, 28 November 2018] Girls face some of the strongest challenges when making the journey for asylum and a new life, yet as a group, girls’ needs often remains a significant gap in law, policy, funding and service provision. Subsumed under the terms ‘children’ and ‘women and girls’, data specific to the experiences of girls through migration and resettlement is often lacking, which leads to challenges in securing specialised resources. Too often victims to a combination of sexism, (...) Read more
[Brussels, 27 November 2018] We are happy to share with you this mapping carried out as part of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) project "Regional Forum for the Promotion and Monitoring progress of the Implementation of the Istanbul Convention in the Western Balkans and Turkey". The Regional Forum is part of the three-year UN Women Programme “Ending violence against women: Implementing norms, Changing minds” which aims to end gender-based discrimination and violence against women (VAW) in (...) Read more
[Brussels, 15 May 2018] Despite progress over the last decades on equality between women and men, there is not a single country in the world where women and girls are free from male violence, and there is not a single area in any woman’s life where she is not exposed to the threat or reality of acts of male violence. One in three women in the EU, or 62 million women, has experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15.
That is why the European Women’s Lobby created this (...) Read more
[Brussels, 26 February 2018] We are proud to present you EmpowerMap—a joint project of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) and the Orange Foundation.
The goal of the project was to gather information about grassroots women’s organisations in Spain, France, Romania and Poland which have on-the-ground programmes aimed at the socio-economic empowerment of vulnerable women.
In response to this need for information, this six-month project provided a mapping of the needs of vulnerable women and the (...) Read more