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  • No means No: The modification of article 336 of the Greek penal code

    No means No: The modification of article 336 of the Greek penal code

    *Pictures from Alexia “Tsouni [Athens 08 June 2019] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) and the Coordination of Greek Women’s NGOs for the EWL express their satisfaction about the historical decision made by the Greek Government to modify the penal code to introduce a consent-based definition of rape. “This a landmark decision that will help to protect and give access to justice and reparation to women and girls in Greece. The government proposal responds to the longstanding demand and lobbying (...) Read more

  • Our 2019 European Women’s Forum

    Our 2019 European Women's Forum

    [Brussels, 26 June 2018] From 6 to 9 June, EWL members came together in Brussels for our annual European Women’s Forum, which gathers over 100 feminist activists and members for four days of strategising, learning and mobilising for women’s rights. The timing of the Forum was particularly crucial this year as it took place less than two weeks after the European Elections, giving us an important opportunity to work together to advocate and campaign for a feminist Europe.
    The flagship event of (...) Read more

  • Five emergency motions adopted by EWL’s General Assembly in 2019

    Five emergency motions adopted by EWL's General Assembly in 2019

    [Brussels, 26 June 2019] On 7-8 June 2019, EWL members adopted five Emergency Motions during our annual General Assembly. These motions, put forward to the General Assembly by EWL’s National Coordinations or European Wide Members, call on EWL to take actions and position on emerging or urgent issues impacting on women’s rights nationally or internationally. Our General Assembly this year adopted five emergency motions on different questions, including on the Istanbul Convention, a green (...) Read more

  • OPEN LETTER to the European Heads of States ahead of the European Council on June 20-21

    OPEN LETTER to the European Heads of States ahead of the European Council on June 20-21

    [Brussels, 18 June 2019] As the European Council meets on 20-21 June where they will notably discuss the EU “top jobs”, we believe it is urgent that they listen to the voices of women’s organisations and commit to ensuring a truly feminist, inclusive and equal leadership. It is time for the European Union to guarantee a robust political strategy for equality between women and men as well as parity among commissioners and the top positions. #WomenforEurope
    Our OPEN LETTER to the European (...) Read more

  • EWL calls on the adoption of the international standards to end violence against women in the world of work

    EWL calls on the adoption of the international standards to end violence against women in the world of work

    [Brussels, 10 June 2019] The European Women’s Lobby calls on governments and employers to support the International Convention on ending violence and harassment in the world of work with a strong women and intersectional perspective.
    This June governments, employers and trade unions are negotiating an international law that aims at creating a consistent international approach to addressing violence and harassment in the world of work with a strong gender perspective that acknowledges that (...) Read more

  • Workshop on young women’s engagement at EWL - now closed!

    Workshop on young women's engagement at EWL - now closed!

    [Brussels , 13 June 2019] Until 8 July, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) was looking for candidates to participate in a workshop on EWL’s young women’s engagement strategy taking place in Brussels from 8 to 11 November 2019. The applications are now closed!
    Over the last four years, EWL has been hosting a yearly summer school for young women, the AGORA, gathering young feminists from across Europe to discuss and explore feminism together and learn from each other. After four editions of the (...) Read more

  • Joint Letter to the EPSCO Council: Let’s move towards swift transposition of the EU Work-Life Balance Directive!

    Joint Letter to the EPSCO Council: Let's move towards swift transposition of the EU Work-Life Balance Directive!

    [Brussels, 12th June 2019]
    As the first legislative proposal to follow the proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights in November 2017, the Work-Life Balance Directive is an important stepping stone in the consolidation of existing rights and the establishment of new ones for millions of citizens, and as such, it must now be followed up with enforcement and monitoring.
    We, a coalition of European networks of NGOs, urge the national governments to move towards swift transposition (...) Read more

  • EWL at CSW63 2019

    EWL at CSW63 2019

    [Brussels, 31 May 2019] The annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) took place in New York from 11-22 March 2019. This year’s priority theme social protection, public services and sustainable infrastructures resulted in a 23-page, 51-paragraph outcome document, which was negotiated well into the early hours of the last day. Contentious issues around family, diversity, national sovereignty were challenged but failed to impact on the outcome of the agreement. Social protection, as a (...) Read more

  • Gender budgeting in Europe: Building the case with our members

    Gender budgeting in Europe: Building the case with our members

    [Brussels, 31 May 2019]On the 9th and 10th of May 2019, we gathered in Helsinki, Finland, a group of more than 20 enthusiastic participants and seven experts for the first Capacity Building seminar on Gender budgeting, as part of our project Channelling Resources to Women’s Rights in Europe.
    The purpose of this two-day seminar was to demystify gender budgeting and build the capacity of our members in this area. And so, the participants had the opportunity to learn from experts working on (...) Read more

  • After the European elections: a Europe for women?

    After the European elections: a Europe for women?

    [Brussels, 27 May 2019] The newly elected Members of Parliament must rise to the challenge and work towards a feminist, sustainable, equitable Europe
    [Brussels, 27 May 2019] The European Women’s Lobby welcomes the recent results of the European elections: we are particularly delighted about the record number of Europeans who mobilised across all 28 Member States to participate in the biggest transnational democratic moment in the world. The results clearly show that many citizens are (...) Read more

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