Posted byon 26 June 2015 | 0comment
[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 (...)
Posted byon 9 June 2015 | 0comment
[Brussels, 9 June 2015] Today, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution calling on the European Commission to adopt an EU Strategy on women’s rights and gender equality, with clear targets and monitoring mechanisms. The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) welcomes the call of the EP to see women’s organisations involved in the development and evaluation of the Strategy, and financially supported in their work. We also welcome the attention given to the multiple and intersectional forms of (...)
Posted byon 1 June 2015 | 0comment
The letter is a response to the article “Boko Haram Militants Raped Hundreds of Female Captives in Nigeria” in the NYTimes on 18 May 2015.
[NYTimes, 22 May 2015] “Former Captives in Nigeria Tell of Mass Rapes” (front page, May 19) does not mention how the United States’ anti-abortion policy is determining the fate of female victims. Largely because of the abortion ban attached to American foreign aid, Nigerian women and girls raped and forcibly impregnated by Boko Haram militants will be denied (...)
Posted byon 8 May 2015 | 0comment
[Brussels 7 May 2015] Communication from FEMM Committee. In a resolution adopted on Wednesday the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality committee calls on the Commission to adopt a new separate equality strategy for women’s rights and gender equality aimed at creating equal opportunities and ending all kinds of discrimination.
The resolution was adopted by 20 votes in favour, 12 against and 3 abstentions.
“I am very glad that the report was adopted today with such a large majority. Despite our (...)
Posted byon 6 May 2015 | 0comment
[Brussels, 30 April 2015] As part of a broader stakeholder consultation process around the equality of women and men, the European Commission Directorate General for Justice and Consumers, Unit for Gender Equality organised the Forum on the Future of Gender Equality in the European Union. The Forum was held on 20 and 21 April 2015 in the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Brussels. A total of 308 participants attended the Forum, (...)
Posted byon 24 April 2015 | 0comment
[Dublin, 23 April 2015] On 23 April, Dublin saw the launch of a new campaign to raise awareness on prostitution: We Don’t Buy It is the first all-Ireland campaign asking men and boys to make a stand against sex trafficking and prostitution. Most men have never bought sex or paid for sex and they never will. They don’t buy sex and they don’t buy the lies we tell ourselves, the myths we pretend are true and the awkward justifications we allow ourselves to believe.
The campaign – backed by the (...)
Posted byon 24 April 2015 | 0comment
[Brussels, 24 April 2015] On 20 April 2015, the European Women’s Lobby had the pleasure to see in Brussels its colleagues from the Global Justice Center, with whom the EWL has been active calling for access to full medical care for female war rape victims.
As part of its advocacy trip to Brussels, the Global Justice Center invited European networks to discuss new strategies to ensure access to full medical care for female war rape victims, including abortion services. The GJC unveiled a (...)
on 10 April 2015 | 0comment
Interview avec notre Présidente Viviane Teitelbaum sur la RTBF - télévision belge. "Le ventre d’une femme n’appartient pas à l’Église"
Development Commissioner Neven Mimica said that he would be the most vocal defender of gender equality in his work on Thursday (26 March), two days after he returned from a global forum in Addis Ababa dedicated to the role of women in politics. Euractiv read more here Building a feminist internet How does ensuring the safety of women online help break down (...)
Posted byon 8 April 2015 | 0comment
[Brussels, 2 April 2015] The nomination – for the first time – of a Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of fundamental rights gave rise to high expectations among citizens and human rights organisations in the European Union. It triggered hopes that the European Union would finally make the respect of fundamental rights enshrined in the EU treaties a priority, not just outside the European Union but also within its borders. We hope the European Commission will live up to (...)
Posted byon 7 April 2015 | 0comment
Premières réactions du Mouvement du Nid à l’issue du vote (nuit de lundi 30/03 à mardi 31/03)
Après 16 mois de travail qui n’auront servi au final qu’à revenir au statu quo, le Sénat vient de rendre son verdict en rétablissant le délit de racolage et rejetant la pénalisation des clients de la prostitution.
"Nous dénonçons avec la plus grande vigueur un vote qui ne peut être qualifié autrement que de machiste et réactionnaire", a déclaré Grégoire Théry, secrétaire général du Mouvement du Nid, à la sortie (...)