EWL News

Latest news from the European Women’s Lobby in Brussels

  • Open letter to EU decision-makers in light of the European Council on migration: “Asylum is not gender neutral: the refugee crisis in Europe from a feminist perspective”

    [Brussels, 8 October 2015] Today, and in light of the European Council of 15-16 October, the European Women’s Lobby has written to the EU Commissioners in charge of fundamental rights, gender equality, migration and home affairs, to raise awareness on the situation of women and girls fleeing conflict, war and discrimination. EWL members are also sending this open letter to their Ministers. We want to see a clear EU response to women’s rights in the current ’refugee crisis’.
    Open letter to EU (...) Read more

  • EWL Beijing+20 in October: Women and Poverty

    [Brussels, 1 October 2015] Did you know that over a quarter (26,9%) of women in the EU’s 28 countries experience poverty and social exclusion? That the gender pension gap is 39% in the EU and a major cause of the feminisation of poverty among older women, affecting 22% of women over the age of 65 compared to 16% of men in the same age category? That single parents, 80-90% of whom are women, migrant women, many of whom work in the informal economy, and Roma women, many living in conditions of (...) Read more

  • EWL co-hosts anti-sex trafficking global-joint campaign: #NOtosextrafficking, #YEStohumanrights

    [Seoul, 24 September 2015] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) is very happy to be co-hosting a new global campaign against sex trafficking, initiated by the Women’s Human Rights Commission of Korea (WHRCK). The EWL member Ruhama (Ireland), the Coalition against Trafficking in Women Australia, ECPAT Philippines, the Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center, Global Centurion (USA) and Sanlaap (India) are the other co-hosts of this campaign, which therefore gathers civil society organisations from different (...) Read more

  • EWL Young Feminist Summer School 2015

    [Brussels, 23 September] From 3 until 6 September 2015 the European Women’s Lobby organised in Brussels the AGORA, the first ever young feminist summer school in Europe!
    • What happened? We wanted to set up a space to exchange, to inspire and to reinforce the skills. In this perspective, the programme has been co-created with the participants upstream and during the AGORA. From the application forms’ inputs, we identified the main skills and issues on which our 50 participants seemed to have (...) Read more

  • WEstart Conference: Women Social Entrepreneurs Changing Europe 11 September 2015

    [Brussels, 22 September 2015]
    On 11 September 2015 The European Women’s Lobby delivered the Westart Conference: Women Social Entrepreneurs Changing Europe at the European and Economic Social Committee.
    The conference brought to a close the European Women’s Lobby 1-year pilot study that aimed to give visibility to women social entrepreneurship and map the state of women social entrepreneurship in 10 EU member-states. The results of this study were compiled into a report and presented at the (...) Read more

  • EWL & PwC joint event on Gender Equality in Business at the European Parliament 21 October 2015

    [Brussels, 22 September 2015]
    The European Women’s Lobby ongoing work to ensure that parity at all levels of decision-making becomes reality recently saw the publication of their Second Progress Report on Women on Boards. The report: Women on Boards Cracks in the Glass Ceilling or Just a trick of the Light? tracks developments, progress, and stagnation regarding women on company boards in 11 European countries, including Italy, since the EWL’s first Progress Report on Women on Boards in (...) Read more

  • Motivating EWL Webinar on “Mobilising for a Feminist Approach to Peace and Security”

    [Brussels, 21 September 2015] As part of its Year of Action on Beijing+20, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) held its second webinar on the issue of Women and Armed Conflict, to celebrate International Day of Peace.
    “Peace is not just the absence of war but the realization of justice & equality for all.”
    “It’s more dangerous to be a woman than a soldier in a conflict.”
    It is also important to remember that it has been 15 years since the UNSCR1325 resolution on Women, Peace and Security and (...) Read more

  • Asylum is not gender neutral: the refugee crisis in Europe from a feminist perspective

    [Brussels, 21 September 2015] Today is International Day of Peace. However, the persistence of war and conflicts globally urges us to redefine sustainable peace as the presence of human security, justice and equality, rather than the absence of war. Europe has to face the consequences of war and conflicts in other parts of the world, and has a duty to act, not only in terms of addressing the situation of refugees and asylum seekers reaching European countries, but also to promote real peace (...) Read more

  • EWL Year of Action on Beijing+20 Webinar “Mobilising for a Feminist Approach to Peace and Security”

    [Brussels, 10 August 2015] In the framework of its Beijing+20 Year of Action, in September the EWL focuses on Women and Armed Conflict.
    Today is the day for our webinar “Mobilising for a Feminist Approach to Peace and Security”
    Sign in at 3pm (CET) using this link: http://bit.ly/1P8bauH
    The absence of women and their perspectives in peace negotiations, post-conflict reconstruction, disarmament, humanitarian relief and peace building means the absence of sustainable peace and any chance of (...) Read more

  • Women social entrepreneurs changing Europe // Conference 11.09.2015

    [Brussels, 7 September 2015] EWL invites you to a dynamic, first-of-its-kind event on women’s social entrepreneurship in Europe! Join EU and national level policy makers, investors, entrepreneurs and experts for the presentation of EWL’s groundbreaking WEstart research, hear first-hand from women social entrepreneurs, and participate in an interactive policy debate with key actors!
    or via Twitter @EuropeanWomen #WEstart
    Friday September 11, 10:00 - 16:00 (...) Read more


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