[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
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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
Today, 30 September 2020, the EWL has joined the following statement:
SAVE DIGNITY, SAVE PIKPA AND KARA TEPE
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
[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
[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
[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
We, the undersigned, as civil (...) Read more
[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
[Brussels, 4 Mayl] One of the political guidelines of candidate for President Ursula von der Leyen was to table measures to introduce binding pay-transparency measures in the first 100 days of her mandate . The European Women’s Lobby welcomed this announcement to close the gender pay gap with great enthusiasm.
The EWL joins the European Trade Union Confederation in calling on the European Commission and especially its President Ursula von der Leyen, to give a firm commitment to move ahead (...) Read more
[Brussels, 4 March 2020] On 2 March 2020, ahead of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the 64th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women was significantly sized down to a one-day procedural meeting with Member States’ New York-based representatives, in light of increasing global concerns of the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Although the political statement and multi-annual work programme will be approved at this (...) Read more
[Brussels, 18 February 2020] The Board of EWL recently gathered in Brussels for one its bi-annual meeting. It was a key moment for EWL’s Board, which includes 41 representatives from EWL’s National Coordinations and European-wide organisations, to discuss our collective work in 2020 and EWL’s next Strategic Framework.
Taking place from 14 to 16 February 2020, Board members spent 2 days in Brussels together with the EWL Secretariat to strategise on our work for women and girls’ rights in (...) Read more