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  • 20 years after the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action, the EU commits to end to violence against women

    20 years after the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action, the EU commits to end to violence against women

    [Brussels, 12 May 2017] Yesterday, the Council of the European Union has agreed on the EU’s signature of the Istanbul Convention, the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and girls.
    The European Women’s Lobby (EWL), and the EWL Observatory on violence against women and girls warmly welcomes this major step in the EU’s action to combat all forms of violence against women.
    “We are very happy about this decision: it is indeed time for the EU to walk the (...) Read more

  • International campaigners in Spain to call for abolition of surrogacy

    International campaigners in Spain to call for abolition of surrogacy

    [Madrid, 26 April 2017] An international panel of #StopSurrogacyNow campaigners were in Madrid this April, to meet with decision-makers and NGOs, and raise awareness on the need for a global abolition of the practice of surrogacy. Through a public event featuring the screening of the documentary ‘Breeders’, they shared their experience, vision and recommendations with regards to this new form of commodification of women’s and children’s body. Together with EWL national coordination LEM, they (...) Read more

  • The European Women’s Lobby welcomes the Commission’s Work-Life-Balance but calls for strengthened maternity rights for women

    The European Women's Lobby welcomes the Commission's Work-Life-Balance but calls for strengthened maternity rights for women

    [Brussels, 26 April 2017] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) welcomes the European Pillar of Social Rights initiative which puts the long-awaited social dimension back into the heart of Europe.
    Responding to the European Commission’s (EC) Work-Life-Balance Package published today, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) is pleased to welcome this timely new package. In a joint statement by a Coalition of European networks of NGOs we express our confidence that it has the potential to bring real change (...) Read more

  • Ad Venture Student Competition

    Ad Venture Student Competition

    [Brussels, 25 April 2017] Ad Venture is a Pan-European competition, organised by the European Association of Communications Agencies (EACA) which gives students the opportunity to experience what it is like to work in advertising by creating their own campaign in response to a brief from a real client.The student agencies work on an advertising campaign from October to March by incorporating everything they’ve learned in class and putting their skills to test.
    This year the European Women’s (...) Read more

  • AGORA 2017: applications are closed!

    AGORA 2017: applications are closed!

    [Brussels 18 April 2017] At the European Women’s Lobby, we are looking for candidates to participate in AGORA, EWL’s Feminist Summer School, taking place in Brussels from 7 to 11 September 2017. AGORA brings together young feminists from across Europe to empower them to act and lead in a changing world. Through a 5-day participatory summer school, we create a space where young self-identified women (18-30) will have a chance to reflect, exchange ideas and support each other to become (...) Read more

  • World Health Day 2017: Time to speak up about post-partum depression

    World Health Day 2017: Time to speak up about post-partum depression

    [Brussels, Friday 7 April 2017] This year’s World Health Day sheds a light on depression, one of the most common mental health problems in Europe. One in seven people may experience depression at some point in their lives and each of us may be affected.
    On World Health Day 2017 together with Mental Health Europe (MHE) and Make Mothers Matter (MMM), the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) joins forces to break the silence around one specific form of depression: post-partum depression.
    According to (...) Read more

  • EWL delivers 60,000 signatures to Maltese Presidency calling the EU to Rise up against violence!

    EWL delivers 60,000 signatures to Maltese Presidency calling the EU to Rise up against violence!

    [Brussels, 31 March 2017] The European Women’s Lobby delivered over 60,000 signatures under our petition with WeMove.EU “Rise up against violence!” to Ms Angele Sears-Debono chair of the FREMP working groupof the 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU.
    More than 60,000 citizens are calling the EU (and specially the Member States in the Council) to urgently agree to sign and ratify the Council of Europe convention to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence, (...) Read more

  • "Violence against women is a political issue" - EWL speaks at EU event during #CSW61

    "Violence against women is a political issue" - EWL speaks at EU event during #CSW61

    [New York, 15 March 2017] Amongst many side events related to the theme of CSW61, the European Commission decided to organise a high-level panel on "A year of focused actions to combat violence against women and girls", on 15 March, in the UN Headquarters. The EWL was invited to present its work and vision, and we were delighted to have Ana Sofia Fernandes, EWL Portuguese Board Member, Secretary-General of the Portuguese Platform for Women’s Rights, to represent us.
    "On the occasion of the (...) Read more

  • Second world congress against the sexual exploitation of women and girls: inspiring, thought-provoking and moving

    Second world congress against the sexual exploitation of women and girls: inspiring, thought-provoking and moving

    [Brussels, April 2017] End of January 2017, CAP International held its Second World Congress against the sexual exploitation of women and girls. Entitled “The last girl first”, and held in India, the event brought the voices of the most vulnerable women and girls on the international policy agenda, and strengthened the global movement committee to a work free from sexual exploitation. More than 400 civil society representatives, leaders and decision-makers, from 30 countries and 5 continents, (...) Read more

  • GUE/NGL Feminist Forum brings the voice of the most vulnerable women and girls to the European Parliament

    GUE/NGL Feminist Forum brings the voice of the most vulnerable women and girls to the European Parliament

    [Brussels, 3 April 2017] Around the International Women’s Day, the European United Left/Nordic Green Left European Parliamentary Group organized a Feminist Forum entitled “Struggling for women’s rights to build the future”. During 4 days, decision-makers, women’s Organisations, activists and civil society groups came together to discuss women’s human rights. The EWL was invited to take part to two panel discussions highlighting the situation of the most vulnerable women and girls: those who are (...) Read more

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