Press releases

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  • WEstart conference 11 September 2015

    Today is a special day for Europe’s women social entrepreneurs. Today, we start a new conversation about what it means to do business in Europe. Today, we start to change our focus, from profit for profit’s take, to profit for a purpose. Today we start to recognise the potential of the women who are working for a better Europe. Today, WEstart together
    [Brussels, 11 September 2015]
    First research on women-led social enterprise in Europe reveals thriving sector, untapped potential
    On (...) Read more

  • Withdrawal of the Maternity Leave Directive is a blow for women’s rights in Europe

    [Press release, Brussels 1 July 2015] While it may have been on the cards for some time, the actual official announcement today by Commission Vice-President Timmermans to withdraw the Maternity Leave Directive is one more sign that the European Union (EU) and the Member States are failing women across Europe.
    The withdrawal of the Maternity Leave Directive is yet another example of a failure by the leadership of the EU to take positive action for women’s rights and gender equality in (...) Read more

  • One Billion Rising Brussels 2015 – 14/02/2015

    On 14 February 2015, the heart of Europe beats against violence against women and girls!
    2-4 pm: Carrefour de l’Europe in front of the Central Station, Brussels.
    One in three women in the world will be beaten or raped during her lifetime, meaning ONE BILLION women. In Europe, 7 women die every day of domestic violence. In Belgium 24% of women have been victims of physical and/or sexual violence by their partner. In 2011, 4083 rapes were recorded, amounting (...) Read more

  • A Beating Heart for a Better Europe | EU Semester Alliance video "Enabling civil-society to participate in the shaping of EU policies”

    [Brussels, 2 February 2015] Today, the EU Alliance for a democratic, social and sustainable European Semester (EU Semester Alliance) releases A Beating Heart for a Better Europe. This video highlights the EU Semester Alliance main activities, benefits and learning, particularly incorporating the views of the national level and external stakeholders. The EU Semester Alliance is a broad cross-sectoral coalition bringing together 16 major European civil-society organisations and trade (...) Read more

  • New magazine online! Women’s Economic Independence in Times of Austerity - The need for a ‘Pink Deal’

    [Brussels, 27 January 2015] The European Women’s Lobby invites you to the official presentation of the publication ’European Women’s Voice: Women’s Economic Independence in Times of Austerity. The need for a ‘Pink Deal’’
    Wednesday 28 January 2015 - 17h-19h30
    Venue – European Women’s Lobby offices – Rue Hydraulique 18 // 1210 Brussels
    Tomorrow, on 28 January, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) will officially present its magazine European Women’s Voice dedicated to the theme Women’s Economic (...) Read more

  • European Women’s Lobby launches new project on Women’s Social Entrepreneurship in Europe

    On November 19TH, the United Nations Global Day on Women’s Entrepreneurship, the European Women’s Lobby will launch their latest project WEstart: Mapping Women’s Social Entrepreneurship in Europe.
    The core aim of the new, privately funded, year-long pilot projectis to gain a better understanding of the situation and state of play of women’s social entrepreneurship in Europe. Focusing on ten European countries, WEstart is the first step in a longer term strategy to help foster women’s social (...) Read more

  • From words to action: women can’t wait 20 more years to enjoy their full human rights

    [Lisbon, 10 October 2014] Today, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) launched its report “1995-2015: From Words to Action” which assesses the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in Europe, 20 years after its adoption by the international community. The launch of EWL Beijing+20 report took place in the context of the Annual Meeting of the European Women’s Lobby, the largest umbrella organisation for women’s rights in Europe.
    Adopted two years after the 1993 Vienna World Conference on (...) Read more

  • Media Advisory - 4 years overdue, it’s time to deliver

    [Brussels, 17 October]
    Attn: News Editor RE: Tuesday 21.10.14 - 14:00 – 15:00 pm – Demonstration to mark the 4th anniversary of the Maternity Leave Directive – let’s call on the EU decision-makers to deliver now! In front of the European Parliament, Strasbourg
    4 YEARS OVERDUE – IT’S TIME TO DELIVER! It’s time for better maternity rights for all women in Europe
    WHO The European Women’s Lobby, the largest umbrella organisation of women’s associations in the European Union (EU), will be in (...) Read more

  • SOS – DELIVER NOW! Bring back the Maternity Leave Directive

    [Brussels, 23 September 2014] At the eve of the forthcoming hearings of the new European Commission, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) calls on the new Commission in particular Ms Jourova Commissioner responsible for Gender Equality, and Ms Thyssen Commissioner responsible for Employment, to save the Maternity Leave Directive, which has been on the table since 2010 and recently threatened to be withdrawn by the European Commission, in the name of red tape. We particularly expect that (...) Read more

  • No More Excuses. Gender Equality after the elections – What’s next?

    Wednesday 9 July 2014, 13h - 18h Conference in the European Parliament, Brussels Room A1 G-3
    [9 July 2014] Final conference of 50/50 and Parity Democracy for Europe Campaign: No Modern European Democracy without Gender Equality!
    Ahead of the May 2014 European Parliament elections, the European Women’s Lobby and partner organisations have been running parity campaigns to raise greater awareness of the importance of gender parity in politics.
    Now, we know that the percentage of women in (...) Read more


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