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  • Rise up against violence!

    Rise up against violence!

    [Brussels, 25 November 2020] 25 November marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (VAW) and the start of the 16 days of activism to end VAW. On this occasion, EWL is calling on all to sign the Rise Up against violence petition supported by WeMove Europe. We are urging the EU and all European countries to make Europe a safe place for all women and girls.
    Why is this important?
    Male violence against women and girls is a long-term (...) Read more

  • EWL’s Statement ahead of CSW65

    EWL's Statement ahead of CSW65

    [Brussels, November 2020] Ahead of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the European Women’s Lobby has prepared a statement to address the situation of women’s rights in 2020.
    Read it in full here:
    CSW65 will take place in a particular context: due to the current pandemic, CSW64 had to be scaled down to a one-day meeting and CSW65 will probably mostly happen online. Therefore, it is more important than ever to ensure the full and concrete participation of women’s (...) Read more

  • EWL launches the Council of Europe’s Mobilise Against Sexism Campaign!

    [Brussels, 30 October 2020] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) has over the years taken the position that sexism reinforced by gender stereotypes is one of the factors that runs counter to achieving gender equality and the full recognition of women’s rights. The prevalence of sexism continues to suppress and oppress women and girls, whereby women and girls are subjected to all forms of violence to silence women and maintain them in a subordinate place. Male violence against women is clearly (...) Read more

  • Remembering Ana Vale: EWL mourns the passing away of its first President Ana Vale, who passed away on Saturday 26 September 2020

    It is with profound sadness that we learned of the passing of the European Women’s Lobby’s first President Ana Vale on Saturday 26 September 2020.
    “The women’s movement lost a visionary woman who made so much for equality between women and men in the EU and in Portugal. Rest in power Ana Vale. 💜 " Ana Sofia Fernandes, Vice-President of the European Women’s Lobby President of the Portuguese Platform for Women’s Rights
    Women’s organisations across Europe have joined in paying tribute to a visionary (...) Read more

  • Statement calling for support to keep Greek refugee camps open

    Today, 30 September 2020, the EWL has joined the following statement:
    Μore than 160 Greek and international organizations, academics and other actors from all over Europe urge the Greek authorities to revoke decision to close dignified alternatives in accommodating refugees οn Lesvos
    Athens, 30 September 2020 - We, the undersigned, call on the Minister of Migration and Asylum, Notis Mitarakis, and the local authorities of Lesvos to repeal their (...) Read more

  • 100+ Feminists across Europe come together for EWL’s 2020 General Assembly

    100+ Feminists across Europe come together for EWL's 2020 General Assembly

    [Brussels, 30 September 2020] On 8 September, EWL members and staff came together for EWL’s annual General Assembly meeting. Even though the meeting had to take place online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our General Assembly was full of ideas, exchanges and solidarity.
    Our annual General Assembly is an essential part of the democratic life of our network, bringing together delegates and observers from across EWL’s 48 full member organisations as well as a number of observers from our (...) Read more

  • 15 CSOs demand increased funds in the EU budget to end violence against women and girls

    15 CSOs demand increased funds in the EU budget to end violence against women and girls

    [Brussels, 23 September] Today, 15 members of the European Coalition to End Violence against Women and Girls, have written an open letter to the EU decision-makers regarding the MFF 2021-2027 and the EU’s recovery plans Next Generation EU (NGEU) 2021-2024. Together, we are urging EU decision-makers to visibly commit to ensuring increased and adequate EU funds are dedicated to gender equality and the fight to end violence against women and girls.
    We are pleased about the recent decision by (...) Read more

  • Joint letter to EU decision-makers on funding human rights and equality for all

    Joint letter to EU decision-makers on funding human rights and equality for all

    [Brussels, 2 September 2020]
    To: President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli Members of the European Parliament President of the European Council, Charles Michel Head of Presidency of the Council, Chancellor Angela Merkel Members of the Governments of EU Member States
    In copy: President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen Vice-President for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli
    Your Excellencies,
    We, the undersigned, as civil (...) Read more

  • Stakes are high for the current Trio Presidency of the EU

    Stakes are high for the current Trio Presidency of the EU

    [Brussels, July 2020] - This early July 2020, the countries which will be holding the Presidency of the European Council for the next 18-months have released their priorities on equality between women and men. The declaration of this so-called “Trio Presidency” defines the road map on the topic for Germany, Portugal and Slovenia in their role at the head of the rotating presidency of the EU from July 2020 to end of 2021. This Declaration is of utmost importance for the European Women’s Lobby (...) Read more

  • EWL is a leader of the Action Coalition on Gender-Based Violence

    EWL is a leader of the Action Coalition on Gender-Based Violence

    [Brussels, June 2020] The European Women’s Lobby is very happy and honoured to have been selected as one of the leaders of the Action Coalition on Gender-Based Violence, as part of the Generation Equality process. This is a powerful recognition of our collective work, and our long-standing engagement in advancing the human rights of women and girls in Europe. We are committed to achieving concrete actions towards the eradication of Violence Against Women and Girls, in line with EWL’s values (...) Read more


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