[Brussels, 7 February 2020] On 6 February 2020, a delegation of the European Women’s Lobby composed of EWL’s President Gwendoline Lefebvre and EWL’s Vice-Presidents Laura Albu and Ana Sofia Fernandes met with the new European Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli. The meeting was the opportunity for EWL’s representatives to welcome Commissioner Dalli in her new role and discuss how to jointly advance women’s rights in Europe, in particular through the upcoming EU Strategy on equality between (...) Read more
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[Brussels, Nicosia, 15 January 2020] The European Women’s Lobby in solidarity with the Cyprus Women’s Lobby demand justice for victims of sexual violence and rape and call for adequate measures to protect victims of rape at all stages of investigations/according to the provisions of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention). Furthermore, the EWL recalls that all forms of violence against women including (...) Read more
[Brussels, 10 December 2019] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) warmly welcomes the adoption of the new European Parliament resolution calling for concrete EU action to end Violence against women and girls, including the EU accession to the Istanbul Convention. Voted on 28 November, four days after the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women,this resolution has been adopted by a large majority of the members of the European Parliament. This shows the extensive support (...) Read more
[Brussels, 10 December 2019] European Women’s Lobby members across Europe have raised their voice LOUD and UNITED during the 16 days of activism campaign to end violence against women and girls from 25 of November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence until the 10 December 2019, International day for Human Rights. Over this period, EWL member organisations have been calling for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention (including at EU level) and/or its adequate (...) Read more
[Brussels, 05 December 2019] Last night, the European Movement International which is a full member of the EWL. While the awards are presented to individual or groups of women, the aim is to recognise and celebrate all women and girls in Europe, in all their diversity. EWL President Gwendoline Lefebvre said, “The Women of Europe awards are a great opportunity to honour, thank and amplify the voices of fantastic women coming from all across Europe who are shaping our future. The Awards (...) Read more
[Brussels, 30 October 2019] Throughout October 2019, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) and members held multiple #HerNetHerRights training sessions across Europe, for women’s civil society, social justice and political organisations in Belgium, Germany, Turkey and Wales.
Originally developed as a pilot project within the context of the EWL European elections campaign, #HerNetHerRights II: Prevent, Protect, Promote is a training session aimed at politically engaged women such as women (...) Read more
[Brussels, 29 October 2019] On 6 November, EWL is co-hosting an event with The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation on women’s rights in the Western Balkans.
The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation also shows that progress on gender equality has stalled and that there is a regression in some fields. EWL also published a report in November 2018 on Integrated policies - Integrated approach: A regional analysis of policies and legislation on violence against women and the Istanbul Convention. The report (...) Read more
[Brussels, 22 October 2019] On September 30, 2019 the current Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Finland, organised a conference to analyse the challenges, priorities and operational policies of EU gender policy for the next five years based on the UN’s review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing +25).
As political leaders gathered under the auspices of the Finnish Presidency to push forward the agenda on equality between women and (...) Read more
[Brussels, 9 October 2019] We have witnessed much progress on many aspects of equality between women and men, something that is inspired by women’s resilience and their fight to push for more equality all over the world. However, we are also witnessing a very general backlash in many parts of the world, including Europe, on various issues such as women’s sexual and reproductive health rights, and violence against women. There is still not a single country in the world where women are (...) Read more
[Brussels, 18 September 2019] In June 2019, European Women’s Lobby (EWL) members came together in Brussels for our annual European Women’s Forum (EWF), which is included our General Assembly. The event gathered more than 100 feminist activists forfour days of strategising, sharing and mobilising for women’s rights.This year, at our General Assembly, EWL members approved a motion to make some additions to EWL’s Internal Rules – one of these additions guaranteed continued full membership for (...) Read more