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[Brussells, 17 April 2015] Article by COFACE whom we are joining forces with to unblock the EU Maternity Leave Directive.
We finally have some news about the EU Maternity Leave Directive – and it’s pretty desperate. But let us quickly recap what happened until now:
– the EU Maternity leave Directive was originally adopted in 1992, introducing measures to encourage improvements in the safety and health at work of pregnant workers, and workers who recently gave birth or are breastfeeding.
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[Brussels, 15 April 2015] Ahead of the EC Forum on the Future of Gender Equality, the European Women’s Lobby calls on the European Commission and the EU Member States to deliver a concrete and ambitious EU new Strategy for Equality between women and men. You can download the Briefing here.
2015 is a turning time for women’s and girls’ human rights, in Europe and globally. The international community celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, a founding human rights (...)
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[Brussels, 1 April 2015] Did you know that one in ten women in Europe doesn’t have access to care in the first months of pregnancy? That abortion is still not legal in Cyprus, Ireland, Malta and Poland, forcing women to face the health risks of unsafe illegal abortion? That between the ages of 25 and 40, women are three times more likely than men to suffer from depression, the higher rate being at times when they have their babies?
In April, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) focuses on Women (...)
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[Brussels, 31 March 2015] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL), the Center for Bioethics and Culture (USA), the French « Collectif pour le Respect de la Personne » ( CoRP), and several associations backed by European and American personalities are calling for the abolition of the baby business called euphemistically « surrogacy ».
In a text made public today, the signatory associations joined together to involve themselves in the works on transnational surrogacy, which have been hidden from public (...)
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[Brussels, 3 April 2015] A very symbolic date for an event discussing abortion rights: 25 years exactly after the adoption of the Belgian law decriminalising the right to abortion, the Equality Law Clinic (ULB) gathered experts and researchers from Belgian, France, Italy, Croatia and the USA, to discuss the current situation with regards to this key human right. A very inspiring discussion, with in-depth analysis of recent law cases, political context, conservative attacks and NGO (...)
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[Brussels, 10 April 2015] This past Wednesday, EWL member NYTKIS (Coalition of Finnish Women’s Associations) organised an event in Narinkkatori Square called “Soup Sisters” (Soppaa Siskoilta). Nearly 300 people came out to savor free vegetable soup and to listen to more than 20 candidates from different parties who came to speak about gender equality and their goals concerning it.
NYTKIS Coordinator, Milla Sandt told us: “The afternoon was very successful. The sun was shining, there were many (...)
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[Brussels, March 2015] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL), together with many of its member organisations, has cosigned a letter to Ms Angela Merkel, calling her to place women’s rights at the core of the German policies on prostitution and trafficking.
The letter has been published in German and in English in EMMA, in French in Ressources Prostitution.
To the Right Honourable Dr. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
Dear Chancellor Merkel,
2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Fourth (...)
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[Brussels and New York, 19 March 2015] When meeting in March 2015 in New York, in the framework of the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59), UN member states were expected to reaffirm their commitment to realise women’s and girls’ human rights and to take step further to accelerate progress.
Twenty years after the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action by the international community, the political declaration adopted on 9 March fails to address the (...)
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[New York, 15 March 2015] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) was very active during the first week of the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59). This yearly meeting of UN governments to discuss women’s rights was dedicated to the celebration of the 20 years of the Beijing Platform for Action. You will find here a summary of the activities of the EWL during this CSW59.
Women’s organisations disappointed by the UN governments’ weak commitment
On the first day of CSW59, (...)
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[Brussels, 2 March 2015] Did you know that only five Member States have a separate designated body for the promotion of equal treatment of women and men? That in 2012, only two Member States used gender mainstreaming widely for drafting laws, policy programmes, actions plans and projects?
In March, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) focuses on Institutional Mechanisms for the Advancement of Women, as part of its Beijing+20 campaign. Read and share EWL’s factsheet about Institutional (...)