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  • The time is now for a Feminist Europe

    The time is now for a Feminist Europe

    [Brussels, 16 December 2018] Writer and women’s rights activist, Elif Shafak: ‘It’s a crucial moment for global feminism. (…) We women sometimes play a role in the continuity of patriarchy, because patriarchy is not a black and white system in which men oppress women. It’s much more complicated. I think we need to go back to the basics. Remember the solidarity. The sisterhood. And expand it.”
    The women of Central and Eastern Europe are telling their story. The story they tell is one of the women (...) Read more

  • The Sustainable Development Goals can shape the future of Europe

    The Sustainable Development Goals can shape the future of Europe

    The EWL joins SDG Watch Europe in the call for the EU to fully implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
    To the attention of: The President of the European Council The EU Heads of State and Government The President of the European Commission The Secretary-General of the European Commission The Members of the European Commission The Spitzenkandidaten The President of the European Parliament The European Parliament Political Groups Chairs
    Dear European Leaders , Over the coming (...) Read more

  • Our Manifesto for a Feminist Europe

    Our Manifesto for a Feminist Europe

    [Brussels, December 12, 2018] In May 2019, European citizens will vote to decide on the new composition of the European Parliament. The outcome of the elections will also have an impact on the face of the new European Commission and will have an influence on European politics, taking on the present and shaping the future of women and girls in Europe. Though we would like to believe otherwise, data show that women are still very much second-class citizens in the European Union (EU). While (...) Read more

  • Call to put gender equality at the heart of the future budget of the EU

    Call to put gender equality at the heart of the future budget of the EU

    In view of the forthcoming European Council, the European Women’s Lobby together with Women in Development Europe (WIDE+), CARE International and COFACE Families Europe call on European leaders to put gender equality at the heart of the future budget of the EU. At a time where European societies are confronted with a severe backlash against women’s rights, it is of utmost importance that the EU does not take a step backwards.
    The European Women’s Lobby, Women in Development Europe (WIDE+), (...) Read more

  • Comments of Iceland MPs are unacceptable sexism and ableism

    Comments of Iceland MPs are unacceptable sexism and ableism

    They need to resign immediately.
    [Brussels, 11 December 2018] Six Members of the Icelandic Parliament were overheard making sexist and ableist comments about a number of prominent women in a bar. This is inexcusable hate speech and we call for their immediate resignation.
    We, the European Disability Forum (EDF), the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) and the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) are outraged by the comments made by the Iceland MPs. At one point former MP and ENIL member (...) Read more

  • Regional forum on the implementation of the Istanbul Convention in the Western Balkans and Turkey

    Regional forum on the implementation of the Istanbul Convention in the Western Balkans and Turkey

    [Brussels, November 30 2018] On November 28-29th, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) participated in the Regional Forum Integrated Polices, Inclusive Partnerships, in partnership with UN Women, the Council of Europe, the European Union and the government of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in Skopje.
    The Regional Forum is part of the three-year UN Women Programme “Ending violence against women: Implementing norms, Changing minds” which aims to end gender-based discrimination and (...) Read more

  • #20yrsEndDemand: Young Women’s Organising Toolkit

    #20yrsEndDemand: Young Women's Organising Toolkit

    In 2018 the European Women’s Lobby, in partnership with Isala ASBL and GenerationAbolition, held a young women’s Abolitionist Gathering in Belgium and developed a practical guide to assist others in hosting their own inspirational and inclusive events!
    Are you a passionate supporter of the abolition of the system of prostitution?
    Are you seeking to bring young women together to gain strength, forge links and develop actions together in favour of equality between women and men? This guide (...) Read more

  • The 2018 Women of Europe Awards: the WINNERS

    The 2018 Women of Europe Awards: the WINNERS

    [Brussels, 29 November 2018] Last night, the European Movement International, together with the European Women’s Lobby, hosted the 2018 edition of the Women of Europe Awards ceremony. The Awards, inspired the national awards of several National European Movement Councils, are handed out annually to honour women striving to advance the European project in their professional or private capacity.
    Members of the European Movement International and of the European Women’s Lobby nominate women who (...) Read more

  • #20yrsEndDemand with Viviane Teitelbaum

    #20yrsEndDemand with Viviane Teitelbaum

    In summer 1998 the General Assembly of the European Women’s Lobby passed a landmark motion, where we affirmed that “prostitution and trafficking in women constitute a fundamental violation of women’s human rights”. Since that time, we have continued to assert that no woman should be faced with such a lack of financial choice that she must risk her safety, wellbeing and long-term health for survival. To mark this 20 years of an abolitionist stance on prostitution, we are highlighting the (...) Read more

  • Equal Pay Day: the European Women’s Lobby calls for improved gender equality in the workplace

    Equal Pay Day: the European Women's Lobby calls for improved gender equality in the workplace

    [Brussels, 31 October 2018] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL), marks the ninth European Equal Pay Day by calling for increased efforts to end the gender pay gap. Even though the principle of equal pay for equal work was enshrined in the 1957 founding Treaty of the EU, European women continue to face discrimination in the job market and to earn less than men. For this reason, more than sixty years later, the European Equal Pay Day was established to illustrate the persistent wage inequality (...) Read more

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