Posted on 11 June 2010
The European Women’s Lobby works through democratic and transparent procedures to represent the diversity of European women at the European and international level.
The EWL conducts lobbying activities in all areas of interest to women, taking into consideration the European-level political agenda. The guiding principle behind the EWL’s work is the realisation of equality for all women and men. The EWL also monitors the use of gender mainstreaming, which implies incorporating the needs and perspectives of women into all issues. This strategy has broadened the scope of its projects and lobbying activities considerably. The EWL is also active in areas which have not traditionally been considered ‘women’s issues’ and attempts to exert pressure in regards to all texts and programmes with an influence on women’s lives.
The EWL works every day on content work following the European political agenda and working on specific topics with concern to women’s rights . Thereby, the EWL writes Position Papers, policy documents agreed by the members, and other kinds of contributions and statements in order to affect policy and legislation in and beyond the EU.
The EWL conducts, coordinates and supports trans-national projects related to women’s rights focusing on different areas of concern.
A large part of the EWL’s work relates to communication and information exchange. The first priority in this area is to provide the necessary information to the member organisations of the EWL, but due to the complexity of the European institutions, policies and decision-making , the EWL’s information-related activities have had to expand considerably over recent years. The main communication tools are: