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Currently, the EWL counts more than 2000 member organisations in 31 countries, organised into National Coordinations, as well as 20 European-wide networks. Besides this full membership, the EWL has also Supporting members.

10. National Coordinations

National Coordinations

The EWL currently counts 30 National Coordinations, representing each of the Member States of (...)

20. European Member Organisations

European Member Organisations

20 European and international networks are full members of the EWL

30. Supporting Member Organisations

Supporting Member Organisations

Organisations which support the aims of the EWL and benefit from priviledged status, access and (...)

40. 'Friends' of the EWL

’Friends’ of the EWL

As an individual, you can become a Friend of the EWL and help to make Equal Europe a (...)



Posted on 11 June 2010

There are multiple levels and layers to EWL membership.


EWL European policy and aims are designed to clearly reflect and respond to the needs of women on the ground. To ensure this, the membership of the EWL comprises multiple layers, within both a geographical framework and representing specific groups (such as women lawers, trade unionists, etc.). While only this first level of membership has voting rights, their members can benefit from direct two-way information flows to and from the European level.


The levels of EWL membership are:

  • Full membership;
  • Supporting membership;
  • Friends of the EWL.

The full members of the EWL are the only member associations with voting rights. The full membership consists of:

  • National Co-ordinations in the 28 EU member states and 3 candidate countries;
  • 20 European-wide organisations.

At national level, the direct EWL membership consists of National Co-ordinations (1 per country), active for advocacy at national level. Currently, the EWL has national co-ordination organisations in 30 countries within the EU and in candidate countries. The EWL also has European and International member organisations, which are active in specific fields at European and International level. Today the EWL has 20 European and International Non-Governmental member organisations. There are more than 2000 member organisations directly represented by EWL.

As these organisations are very diverse, the EWL does not follow any particular political, economic, religious or philosophical doctrine. In all areas, member organisations must reach a consensus if they wish to implement joint actions.

The EWL also has at the moment 34 Associate Member Organisations, which are mixed or women’s organisations from across the world and which accept the mission, aims and objectives of the EWL. These have access to all the information disseminated to EWL full members and may take part in lobbying actions. Although they can attend the EWL’s General Assembly as observers, they have no voting rights.

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