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  • EWL Executive Member discusses women’s economic participation with Croatian PM

    EWL Executive Member discusses women's economic participation with Croatian PM

    [Brussels, 01 February 2011] EWL Executive Committee member Rada Boric last week met with with Croatian Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor to advocate for the opening of the Regional Centre for women’s entrepreneurship, and leadership in economy. Jadranka Kosor, who took office in July 2009, is the first woman head of government in Croatia. Read below a report of the meeting published on the Croatian government’s website (in Croatian).
    Predsjednica Vlade Republike Hrvatske Jadranka Kosor sastala (...) Read more

  • WILPF and YWCA meet with CEDAW Committee

    WILPF and YWCA meet with CEDAW Committee

    [Brussels, 02 February 2011] EWL member assosociation, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) last week joined the World Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) for a meeting with the United Nation’s Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) to discuss in particular the ’Women, Peace and Security’ agenda, and women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. Read the World YWCA report below.
    On January 24, the World YWCA and the Women’s (...) Read more

  • Vacancy at the EWL for a temporary Policy Officer

    Vacancy at the EWL for a temporary Policy Officer

    TEMPORARY POLICY OFFICER AT THE EUROPEAN WOMEN’S LOBBY SECRETARIAT- FULL-TIME FIXED-TERM CONTRACT FOR 4 MONTHS
    March- June 2011
    Deadline for applications: 10.02.2011
    The EWL is seeking to recruit a temporary full-time Policy Officer to work as part of its Policy Team, assisting the EWL in its work on a variety of projects, especially but not restricted to the area of violence against women. The specific tasks, as described below, will be carried out in the EWL Secretariat in Brussels (...) Read more

  • EWL’s Pierrette Pape discusses the abolition of the system of prostitution

    EWL's Pierrette Pape discusses the abolition of the system of prostitution

    [Brussels, 28 January 2011] On 23 November 2010, the Belgian NGO CEFA organized a screening of the movie ‘Not for sale’ in the framework of a series of film-debates ‘Take back the night’. This was the occasion for a discussion surrounding the issue of prostitution, which is both little known and trivialized.
    Three speakers were invited to feed into the debate: Marie Vermeiren; ‘Not for sale’ director, Pascale Maquestiau, in charge of the campaign ‘Prostitution: at the intersection between sexual (...) Read more

  • Council of Europe finalises first European Convention on Violence against Women!

    Council of Europe finalises first European Convention on Violence against Women!

    [Brussels, 28 January 2011] At its 9th and last meeting held in Strasbourg between 18 and 21 January 2011, the Ad Hoc Committee on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (CAHVIO) has finalised the text of the Convention of the Council of Europe on violence against women (VAW), and the Explanatory Memorandum.
    The draft Convention had been transmitted to the Committee of Ministers, who in turn transmitted it to the Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) for its opinion. (...) Read more

  • EC Advisory Committee issues Opinion on breaking gender stereotypes in the media

    EC Advisory Committee issues Opinion on breaking gender stereotypes in the media

    [Brussels, 26 January 2010] The European Commission Advisory Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men, to which the EWL has been an active participant, has issued its Opinion on women and the media.
    The Committee Recommendations cover: The promotion of women’s equal participation in expression and decision-making in and through the media; The promotion of balanced and diverse portrayals of women and men in the media; How the media could be an active partner in the promotion of (...) Read more

  • EWL and Civil Society Contact Group say EU budget must respect and promote the values and rights of the Union

    EWL and Civil Society Contact Group say EU budget must respect and promote the values and rights of the Union

    [Brussels, 21 January 2011] The Civil Society Contact Group, of which the EWL is an active member, has issued a Statement on the European Commission Communication on the Budget Review.
    In particular, the EWL and its partners argue that the budget review should be underpinned and guided by the following pronciples: The EU budget must respect and promote the values and rights as outlined in the Lisbon Treaty and contribute to achieving the Treaty aims and objectives; EU money is public money (...) Read more

  • Malta Confederation of Women’s Organisations elects new Chairwoman

    Malta Confederation of Women's Organisations elects new Chairwoman

    [Valetta, 18 January 2011] At the 2010 Annual General Meeting of EWL national member organisation the Malta Confederation of Women’s Organisations (MCWO), Renee Laiviera was elected the new chairperson.
    Ms Laiviera takes over the helm from Anna Borg who has served her mandatory 4-year term with great dedication and enthusiasm and in no small way brought greater visibility to the Confederation.
    The MCWO is an umbrella organisation that represents 15 local member organisations which (...) Read more

  • EDF expects results on a disability strategy following strong commitments from the Commission

    EDF expects results on a disability strategy following strong commitments from the Commission

    Following the recent ratification by the EU of the UN Convention the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (see EWL news of 06 January 2011), EWL member organisation the European Disability Forum (EDF) is expecting rapid and effective implementation.
    [EDF Press Release - Brussels, 17 January 2011] Shortly before the entry into force of the UN Convention on 22 January, Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding addressed the Disability Intergroup at the European Parliament along with EDF (...) Read more

  • WILPF publishes new edition of PeaceWomen

    WILPF publishes new edition of PeaceWomen

    [Brussels. 17 January 2010] EWL member organisation the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) has issued the 121st edition of PeaceWomen ENews, featuring women, peace and security news, events and resources from peacewomen.org.
    This issue is titled ’An Active Agenda for Women’s Advocates in 2011’ and includes: 1. Editorial by Michelle Reyf 2. Women, Peace and Security News 3. Featured WPS Events, Resources & Initiatives 4. Security Council Monitor 5. Translation (...) Read more

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