Appeals & Urgent Actions

Please get involved and help make a difference! Here you will find a non-exhaustive list of campaigns taking place across Europe for which your support is needed. If you would like to inform the EWL of an action you require support for, please e-mail

  • The final push! One last hope to save the European Maternity Leave Directive from being scrapped

    [Brussells, 17 April 2015] Article by COFACE whom we are joining forces with to unblock the EU Maternity Leave Directive.
    We finally have some news about the EU Maternity Leave Directive – and it’s pretty desperate. But let us quickly recap what happened until now:
    – the EU Maternity leave Directive was originally adopted in 1992, introducing measures to encourage improvements in the safety and health at work of pregnant workers, and workers who recently gave birth or are breastfeeding.
    – (...) Read more

  • Take the #WEstart survey on women’s social entrepreneurship!

    This survey is a key component of the EWL’s ‪#‎WEstart‬ project, a year-long, first of its kind research project that looks at the state of women’s social entrepreneurship in 10 countries in Europe.
    Your feedback will help the EWL ensure that national & EU level policy makers understand more about women’s social entrepreneurship, in order to better support women social entrepreneurs throughout Europe (AND you can win a trip to (...) Read more

  • IndignAção contra a violência sexual - Sign the petition

    [Lisbon, 12 February 2015] The Association of Women Against Violence is trying for more than 20 years to implement specialized, integrated and articulated support services for survivors of sexual violence, in Portugal. It’s time to change!
    The survey results of the Agency for Fundamental Rights of the European Union [FRA, Violence against women survey, 2012] estimate that 3.7 million women in the EU were victims of sexual violence in 2011; in Portugal 41,542 women and girls in 2011 were (...) Read more

  • Prohibition of abortion is killing women - Help Médecins du Monde by signing their Call!

    In the context of the +20 Cairo Program, Médecins du Monde (MdM) has launched an initiative to physicians by offering to sign a call for the right to abortion in the world.
    It aims to make a link with the call of the 331 (manifest signed by doctors in 1973 for the right to abortion in France) and to demonstrate that 40 years later, many doctors are convinced of the universality of this right, and are ready to mobilize (again) in defense of this right at international level.
    The call will (...) Read more

  • Petition - Withdraw the draft bill for the reform of the Spanish Abortion Law

    By our Spanish members, CELEM Coordinadora Española Lobby Europeo de Mujeres. The elimination of the current term legislation, the restriction of assumptions, and the increase of obstacles and red tape for the voluntary interruption of pregnancy that the new Spanish government is proposing, will take us back to past situations, to be compelled to travel abroad, to clandestine abortions, and to the prosecution against doctors and professionals that help women.
    The approval of the reform of (...) Read more

  • Become a Friend of the EWL

    [Brussels, 14 May 2014] Do you believe that women’s rights are human rights and that it is high time equality between women and men was made reality?
    Become a “Friend of the European Women’s Lobby" and donate once or on a monthly, quarterly or yearly basis!
    By becoming a "Friend of the European Women’s Lobby" (EWL), you invest in a brighter future for every girl, woman, man and boy in Europe.
    Every day, the EWL is campaigning for a gender equal Europe. With regular financial support from (...) Read more

  • Mozambique: Protect women & girls—reject discrimination in the new Penal Code

    [Equality Now call for action] Next month Mozambique is set to enact a new penal code that currently contains provisions that would foster a culture of violence and discrimination if passed as written. The draft legislation would make it easier for rapists to escape prosecution, only considers children under the age of 12 as minors in cases of rape and allows relatives of criminals to get away with tampering with criminal investigations. Mozambican NGOs are also concerned that a provision (...) Read more

  • Watch and share the video of ONE BILLION RISING Brussels 2014

    [Brussels, 28 March 2013] The European Women’s Lobby presents One Billion Rising for Justice Brussels 2014, the video. With this video, the EWL thanks you all again for taking part in this amazing global campaign of ONE BILLION RISING (OBR), initiated by V-Day.
    One Billion Rising 2014 was a great success this year in Brussels! Despite the rain, the cold and the transport strike, a committed crowd of people rose, danced and spoke out to end violence against women and to demand justice for (...) Read more

  • Take action now for Sudan to change the law and allow victims of sexual violence to access justice

    In August 2013, a 19-year-old pregnant divorced Ethiopian woman was lured to an empty property and brutally gang-raped by a group of seven men in Sudan. After a disturbing film of the rape surfaced online in January 2014, the authorities arrested everyone involved, including the victim. She was subsequently charged her with ‘offending public morality’ and found guilty of committing indecent acts – by being raped. She has since been sentenced to prison time, levied a hefty fine, and now faces (...) Read more


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