Posted on 15 June 2015
[Brussels, 5 June 2015] In the framework of its Beijing+20 Year of Action, in June the EWL focuses on Women and the Environment, and organises a webinar with its members and partners, on 19 June from 11am to 12am (Brussels time).
Protecting the environment and addressing the impact of our lifestyles on biodiversity are largely considered as essential matters in the building of more sustainable and equal societies. However, the link between women and the environment is not always obvious and remains lacking in the reflections on environmental issues.
Why are women’s rights and climate change interlinked? What is and should be the role of women in the work on the environment? How can feminism contribute to the protection of the planet?
The webinar will aim at addressing these questions from a global perspective, but keeping a focus on the challenges and opportunities in Europe. It will gather experts and activists from different sectors, in order to build bridges between knowledge and actions, between women’s organisations, environmental organisations, academics and official processes. It will specifically also inform about the forthcoming United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris in November-December 2015.
Here is the link to the webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5383987751091871490!
Why should women and environment be linked? Why is it important for women’s organisations to address the environmental issues? Ilona Graenitz, Austrian Coordination – Presentation of EWL factsheet from EWL report on Beijing+20 ‘From words to action’
Why it is important for environmental groups to be active on women’s empowerment? Jenny Hawley, Friends of the Earth – Presentation of a book on women’s empowerment, part of Friends of the Earth project Big Ideas Change the World
Alternative feminist visions: sustainable feminist economics - Helene Ahlborg, Doctor in environmental science, Chalmers University of Technology
Comments from EWL members:
The work of the European Parliament on women and the environment - Linnea Engström, MEP (Greens, Sweden), in charge of gender mainstreaming in the EP Committee on Environment (tbc)
COP21: concrete steps towards feminist climate change action - The mobilisation of women’s organisations: Yveline Nicolas, Adequations (member of the French group ‘Gender and sustainable development’ together with the French national coordination of EWL, CLEF)
Moderation: Pierrette Pape, EWL Policy and Campaigns Director
Technical faciliation: Julie Chrétiennot, EWL Policy Assistant
Posted on 5 June 2015
[Brussels, 4 June 2015] On Tuesday 9 June, the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will vote on a report calling for an EU Strategy on equality between women and men. Such Strategy is very important to help coordinate efforts at national and European level to realise the human rights of women and girls, and improve their daily lives. The report to be voted on has been drafted by Ms Noichl from the FEMM Committee (Women’s rights and gender equality Committee), the EP Committee responsible for ensuring that women’s and girls’ rights are at the core of the EP work.
Please contact your MEPs to ask them to support the FEMM/Noichl report! You can email them, tweet them... whatever it takes to make your voice heard!
You can see below an example of tweet, using the message ’Do you care for Her Future?’, and the hashtag #HerFuture. The graphic is here.
MEPs from all countries and all political affiliations should support, as equality between women and men is a fundamental value of the EU.
Thanks for your help to make sure that Europe will continue to develop actions for improving girls’ future!
Posted on 8 May 2015
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 Brussels!) The survey will available in other languages in the coming weeks! THE SURVEY IS ALSO AVAILABLE IN
Posted on 29 April 2015
[Brussels, 29th April] EQUALITY NOW, working to end violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world, explains:
“The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs.” (Charter of the United Nations, Article 8)
The United Nations (UN), an organization grounded in the principle of respect for equal rights and with a self-prescribed goal of achieving gender equality, “particularly at the Professional level,” has never seriously considered a woman for its top post of UN Secretary-General. Though the post has historically rotated to ensure that every geographical region gets a “turn,” thousands of more than qualified women from all over the world have never had a chance at a “turn.”
On 27 April discussions will begin on the nomination process for next years’ election, a process that is overseen by the UN Security Council and which has been shrouded in secrecy and confusion since 1945. Without women’s equal access to positions of decision-making power and a clear process to get there, gender equality, global security and peace will never be realized.
Right now, there is an opportunity to change this. Help us make equality reality at the highest global levels. Join our campaign for a woman UN Secretary-General in 2016 and help spread the word: it is past #TimeforaWomanSG to lead the UN!
Posted on 10 April 2015
[Brussels 10 April, 2015] In 1990 the European Women’s Lobby was created in response to a growing awareness of the need to defend women’s interests at European level. So this year we celebrate 25 years of feminist action and activism all over Europe! On May 29, 2015 you are invited to join EWL’s members in Brussels for debate, music and celebrations! More info soon!
Posted on 14 March 2015
[March 2015] For International Women’s Day, WECAMS (Women’s European Coalition Against Media Sexism) issues a petition asking the European Union to strengthen its laws against sexism in the media in line with the views of the European Parliament ( 2008/2038; 2010/1751; 2012/2116) and treat sexism in the same way as racism or xenophobia.
The media have a great responsibility in promoting equality between women and men. For too long, the representations of women have been misused by the media advertising; we continue, as people working for equality, to fight against stereotypes. More and more often and louder, we say NO to sexist advertising!
• We reject these images that reduce women’s bodies into their body partyand constantly talk about their sexuality without any relevance to the product.
• We can not accept that more than half of the European population is expected to lack confidence and possibly suffer eating disorders to comply with an arbitrary ideal, manufactured by advertising pressure.
We say it out loud: NO to sexist adverts!
Sign the petition here.
Posted on 13 February 2015
Read the whole publication here: http://bit.ly/1yXec13
Posted on 6 January 2015
[Brussels, 06 January 2015] On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the law legalising abortion in France, the French member of the European Women’s Lobby, la Coordination française pour le Lobby Européen des Femmes launched a petition to collect signatures of 343 women demanding legalisation of abortion in Europe by 17 January 2015.
We are looking for 343 women from all over Europe to sign the following text, to be printed in French Press in January at the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the abortion law in France. We will be demanding Abortion to be legal for all women in Europe.
We claim abortion as a fundamental right!
We are the future. We are the present. We are half of humanity. And we have had abortions in 2014.
There are hundreds of millions of us throughout the World for more years than one can tell.
We have done this because we chose to, were obliged to or were under pressure.
We uphold the right to abortion. We want access to contraception for everybody.
We want legal and medical safety. We claim abortion as a fundamental right.
We are not alone ; there are millions of us. And we are the future.
Sign the petition here.
Posted on 11 December 2014
[Brussels, 11 December 2014] 2015 will be a very special year for the European Women’s Lobby (EWL): we will celebrate our 25th anniversary and commemorate the 20 years of the Beijing Platform for action. We have already planned a series of activities to raise awareness on women’s rights all year long, and to celebrate 25 years of activism and change making!
Each month, according to our unique and exciting 2015 calendar, we will focus on one of the 12 critical areas of the Beijing Platform for Action: you will get our factsheet dedicated to the issue, which also shows EWL successes over the last years. The factsheet is part of EWL Beijing+20 report ’From words to action’, and is a strong tool to make a change for all women and girls in Europe and beyond. So join us by following us on social media, disseminating our factsheets and report, coming to our events and the activities of our members if you can! And happy 2015!
Posted on 28 November 2014
[Budapest, 28 November 2014] The Hungarian Parliament is about to vote on a bill next week (prepared by the Minister of Human Resources responsible for education, culture, health, social issues and equal opportunities, and Roma integration too, Mr Balog) which would make it his (the minister’s) sole right to exempt schools from the power of the antisegregation education law and the equal treatment law.
Racial or ethnic discrimination is prohibited in Hungary under Hungarian law (based on equal treatment and the promotion of equal opportunities legislation), and the European Union’s obligations (Racial Equality Directive). Over the past 10 years, court decisions ruled and numerous studies have supported that school segregation on the basis of ethnicity and socio-economic background to be illegal. Further it is proven that segregation has irreversible effects on children’s development, and their chances for the future.
The final judgment by the Court of Appeal of Debrecen, dated 6 November 2014, in the case of Nyíregyháza - Huszar settlement which reopened a segregated Roma school, ruled that it is forbidden to teach Roma pupils separately by reference to religious education. During the lawsuit Minister Zoltán Balog, who is also responsible for Education issues, repeatedly stated his position on his "affectionate support for segregation” and as a witness he stood by the segregators – the Greek Catholic Church. On the day of the verdict, the ministry in its communication promised to search for possibilities, that in similar cases, waivers could be applied to permit segregation.
Two weeks after the Nyíregyháza - Huszar judgment , the ministry proposed an amendment of the Public Education Act under paragraph (§ 27 (5) of Art.Z) that would authorize the government to determine in a decree, the waivers which could be applied to permit segregation in education.
If the proposed amendments would be voted and adopted without public consultation, the Government and the Minister will have the tools in their hands to legalize segregated remedial education.
It’s not just that it is in conflict with the Basic Law and other legislation, but this move goes against the promises of the National Social Inclusion Strategy, and creates the possibility that masses of children will be fully and finally excluded from mainstream society and denied the possibility of a secure future. The legalization of segregated education violates the dignity of the whole of Hungarian society and makes it impossible for all of our children to live together as equal citizens in Hungary.
Therefore, the signatories of this petition object to the adoption of the amendment and call on parliamentary decision-makers representing them to vote against this proposal!
Petition by Hungarian Roma human rights NGO (CFCF)