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Posted on 11 June 2010

Since the creation of the European Communities in 1957, European legislation on equality between women and men has been extensively developed. The first European legislation in this area guaranteed equal pay for women and men; it now extends to cover all forms of sex-based discrimination in the workplace as well as in the area of goods and services. Most laws in European countries concerning e.g. equal pay, maternity leave, sexual harassment or equal access to financial services have been adopted first by the European institutions.

The EWL follows and influences the processes of adoption or amendment of EU gender equality policies and legislation, as well as their implementation at European and national level.

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

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 (...)

Women’s organisations demand a concrete and ambitious European Union’s new Strategy for Equality between Women and Men 2016-2020

Women's organisations demand a concrete and ambitious European Union's new Strategy for Equality between Women and Men 2016-2020
[Brussels, 15 April 2015] Ahead of the EC Forum on the Future of Gender Equality, the European Women’s Lobby calls on the European Commission and the EU Member States to deliver a concrete and (...)

EWL Beijing+20 in April - A holistic approach for the highest standards of wellbeing and health for all

EWL Beijing+20 in April - A holistic approach for the highest standards of wellbeing and health for all
[Brussels, 1 April 2015] Did you know that one in ten women in Europe doesn’t have access to care in the first months of pregnancy? That abortion is still not legal in Cyprus, Ireland, Malta and (...)
 

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2 years overdue campaign feels its first kick

2 years overdue campaign feels its first kick
[Brussels, 18 April 2013] Good news! EWL maternity campaign 2 years overdue has received a positive response regarding a meeting with the Irish Presidency. The campaign is pushing for the second (...)

Press Release: Offical Launch of the 50/50 Mentoring Campaign

Press Release: Offical Launch of the 50/50 Mentoring Campaign
Launch of the 50/50 Mentoring Campaign European Parliament Tuesday 09 April 2013 10.15- 11.00am Room: A5 G305 The European Women’s Lobby is delighted to announce the launch of the 50/50 (...)

Women on boards: a first step towards meritocracy

European Women’s Lobby welcomes Commission’s legislative proposal for greater gender balance on boards of administration and calls on EU legislators to strengthen text [Brussels, 15 November 2012] (...)
 

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Allow female professional cycling teams to race the Tour de France!

Allow female professional cycling teams to race the Tour de France!
[Brussels, 19 July 2013] Four female triathlon and cyclist champions call on the Amaury Sport Organization to allow women to have the opportunity to compete at the same cycling events as men, and (...)

Share your views on EU Citizenship for women!

Share your views on EU Citizenship for women!
[Brussels, 03 August 2012] Ahead of the upcoming European Year of Citizens 2013, the European Commission has launched a Public Consultation to give the chance to individuals to give their views (...)

Nominate to the MEP Awards today!

Nominate to the MEP Awards today!
[Friday 27 July 2012] Today is the deadline to nominate Members of the European Parliament to the MEP Awards 2012 and recognise those who have made outstanding contributions towards the (...)