European & International News

All the latest news from the European Union, its member states, and beyond.

  • Finance and funding: "fit for whose purpose?"

    [Uruguay, 27 July 2015] The Global Policy Watch, an organisation which promotes transparency and accountability in the financing for development process, has written an article reviewing private funding and corporate influence in the United Nations.
    The full article is available here
    There are many debates surrounding the Post-2015 Agenda regarding the role of the state, the private sector and stakeholders in taking responsibility for finance in the development process. This article looks (...) Read more

  • Seven years overdue: The European Commission publishes proposal for a Roadmap to replace the Maternity Leave Directive

    [Brussels, 7 August 2015] The European Commission has come up with an “indicative Roadmap” combining a number of initiatives to address the “challenges of working parents” with regards to work-life balance, including maternity leave. This comes seven years after its proposal to amend the Maternity Leave Directive in 2008 and after withdrawing it as part of its red-tape exercise (REFIT) at the beginning of July this year.
    Whilst no definitive path has been prioritised at this stage, pending a (...) Read more

  • Women’s Working Group are disappointed with the Financing for Development International Conference

    [Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 13-16 July 2015] The Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development (WWG on FfD) expresses its strong disappointment with the Addis Ababa Action Agenda that was adopted at the conclusion of the Third Financing for Development Conference.
    Instead of rising to the occasion for women’s rights at the Third Financing for Development Conference that took place in Ethiopia from 13 to 16 July 2015, the Outcome Document: Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the conference has (...) Read more

  • Women only halfway to equality in Europe

    [Brussels, 25 June 2015] The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) revealed today the results of its second Gender Equality Index. The European Women’s Lobby attended the launch event in Brussels with great interest as this resarch is of course essential for monitoring the effectiveness of gender equality policies at EU and national level.
    The EU-28 achieved an average score of 52.9 out of 100 points (2012 data) showing that Europe is only halfway towards a gender-equal and cohesive (...) Read more

  • Abortion for Rape Victims

    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 (...) Read more

  • Need for new equality strategy to create equal opportunities and end discrimination

    [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 (...) Read more

  • What’s new in the European Commission in regards to parity in decision making?

    [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

  • EWL participates in EU Forum on Gender Equality

    [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, (...) Read more

  • What’s new in the European Commission in regards to parity in decision making?

    [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

  • Launch of Irish campaign ’Prostitution: We don’t buy it’

    [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 (...) Read more

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