These Statements lay out the EWL position on topical matters.

  • Civil society proposals for a smart, sustainable and inclusive recovery

    (Brussels 14 May 2013) The current European Semester and the formation of the Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) are considered intensely problematic by many. The European Women’s Lobby, in concert with a host of Brussels based NGOs - EAPN, Eurochild, Eurodiaconia, Caritas Europa, EASPD, AGE-Platform, Green Budget Europe - is today attempting to strengthen the democratic legitimacy of the European Semester. Civil society proposals for smart, sustainable and inclusive recovery are (...) Read more

  • European Women’s Lobby written statement for the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

    The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) is the largest umbrella organisation of women’s associations in the European Union (EU) and works to promote women’s rights and equality between women and men. We very much welcome the fact that the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG) is the priority theme for the 57th session of CSW.
    In a global context of economic and social crisis, where women and girls are at greater risk of experiencing male violence, the EWL (...) Read more

  • Eight priorities for the Irish Presidency of the EU

    [Brussels, 07 November 2012] On 01 January 2013, Ireland will take on the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The European Women’s Lobby calls on the forthcoming Presidency to be a driving force for women’s rights in Europe, especially in the current crisis, ensuring that further cutbacks which would have a long-term negative impact on gender equality are avoided or reversed.
    The EWL has listed eight priorities for the Irish Presidency in the area of gender equality and women’s (...) Read more

  • EWL Statement to Russian Government: Free Pussy Riot NOW!

    [Brussels, 10 August 2012] The litmus test of working democracy in any country is that the artists have the freedom of expression even when they criticise, make a satyr or openly mock official pillars of social and political power, such as the dominant church or the president of the state.
    We want to believe that Russia has a real potential for becoming a democratic country.
    We call on all relevant authorities of Russia, to pass this simple test. We are sure that you want the world to (...) Read more

  • EWL Statement on Self-Regulation of Advertising by the Cosmetics Industry

    [Brussels, 04 July 2012] The European Women’s Lobby, the largest umbrella organisation of women’s associations in the European Union (EU), welcomes the adoption of a Charter and Guiding Principles on Responsible Advertising and Marketing Communication by the European cosmetics industry. While favouring binding measures at EU and national level to ensure respect for and promotion of women’s rights and gender equality in media output, the EWL is supportive of this initiative, and calls for (...) Read more

  • EWL Statement On the EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings 2012-2016

    [Brussels, 19 June 2012] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL),* the largest coalition of women’s NGOs in Europe, welcomes the efforts of the European Commission (EC) to provide an integrated, coherent, and outcome-oriented strategy towards the eradication of trafficking in human beings. The appointment of an EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator in 2010 was undoubtedly a first sign of the EU’s will to develop effective policies to eradicate trafficking in human beings.
    The EWL has long been calling on (...) Read more

  • Emergency Motions presented to and adopted by EWL General Assembly 2012

    The EWL General Assembly on 13 May adopted three Emergency Motions.
    EWL condemns detention of “Pussy Riot” activists by Russian authorities
    The European Women’s Lobby condemns the detention of Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samucevich by the Russian authorities for allegedly performing a protest song in a cathedral as part of a feminist punk group ‘Pussy Riot’. The three young women have been charged with "hooliganism", have been remanded in jail, facing up to 7 years (...) Read more

  • Manifesto - Women’s Socio Economic Rights and Gender Equality from a life-cycle perspective (May 2012)

    Presented at the EWL Annual Conference, Budapest, 11 May 2012
    We, members of the European Women’s Lobby, reaffirm that a sustainable future for the European Union and the world is possible only if all women, men, girls and boys are free to contribute equally to society regardless of where they are situated in the ‘circle of life’. We affirm that gender relations strongly impact the entire life cycle from birth to old age, influencing access to resources and opportunities and shaping life (...) Read more

  • EWL and partners call on EU Member States and European Commission to safeguard family life of migrants and refugees

    [Brussels, 15 May 2010] Today, on the International Day of Families, we, the undersigned organisations, call on the European Commission and EU Member States to guarantee the effective right to family life and family reunification for all migrants and beneficiaries of international protection. It is in the interest of Member States to harmonize practices and legislation in the field of family reunification. We remind that Member States have the obligation to properly implement the EU Family (...) Read more

  • EWL Priorities for the Danish Presidency of the European Union, January-June 2012

    [Brussels, November 2011] On 01 January 2012, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) will pass from Poland to Denmark. The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) is the largest association of women’s organisations in Europe with more than 2000 member organisations. The EWL calls on the Danish Presidency to be a driving force for women’s rights in Europe despite the current financial, economic and social crisis. Both at the European and the national level, we witness how the crisis is (...) Read more


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