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  • EWL publishes new facts & figures thematic resource

    EWL publishes new facts & figures thematic resource

    [Brussels, 03 March 2011] In the lead up to International Women’s Day 2011, the EWL has for the second year running prepared a thematic briefing on gender equality in Europe today. For each theme, you will find key facts and figures, as well as quotes from the EWL ready to use. With full references included, this is a valuable resource to keep on hand for the coming year. Contents: Women in Decision-Making Women’s Economic Independance Violence against Women Education and Training of Women (...) Read more

  • Economic policy governance without a women’s rights’ perspective undermines the inclusive objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, says EWL

    Economic policy governance without a women's rights' perspective undermines the inclusive objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, says EWL

    [Brussels, 04 March 2011] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) contributes to the first full-scale national level implementation of the Europe 2020 Strategy and to the first European Semester of economic policy coordination by highlighting the implications that gender-blind policy guidance have for European women who already bear the brunt of the effects of the crisis and austerity measures. The EWL makes three recommendations for the integration of a women’s rights and gender equality (...) Read more

  • First European Equal Pay Day must be followed by concrete targets and multidimensional strategy, says European Women’s Lobby

    First European Equal Pay Day must be followed by concrete targets and multidimensional strategy, says European Women's Lobby

    [Brussels, 04 March 2011] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) today welcomed the launch of the first ever European Equal Pay Day that will in 2011 fall on Saturday 05 March, an initiative that already existed in many Member States and that is supported by women’s organisations. The concept of Equal Pay Day aims to illustrate the gap between women’s and men’s wages in Europe which stands currently at 17,5% : the average European woman would have to work until 5 March 2011 to earn the same income as (...) Read more

  • ECJ ruling against sex discrimination in insurances key victory for women’s rights, say civil society organisations

    ECJ ruling against sex discrimination in insurances key victory for women's rights, say civil society organisations

    [Brussels, 02 March 2011] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) yesterday delivered its ruling in the Test-Achats case (C-236/09) concerning sex discrimination in insurance premiums. The EU’s highest Court ruled that different insurance premiums for women and men are not compatible with the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights. Member States are not allowed to derogate from the principle of equality between women and men in their national legislation. The ‘opt out’ clause in the Council’s Directive (...) Read more

  • EU Member States must guarantee equality by giving migrant women autonomous status, says EWL Associate Member, the European Network of Migrant Women

    EU Member States must guarantee equality by giving migrant women autonomous status, says EWL Associate Member, the European Network of Migrant Women

    [Brussels, 28 February 2011] Officials, experts and representatives of civil society gathered today in Brussels for the launch of the third edition of the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX), a long-term project which evaluates and compares what governments are doing to promote the integration of migrants in all EU Member States and several non-EU countries. Among the findings of the latest report is an issue of particular concern to the European Network of Migrant Women (ENoMW): few (...) Read more

  • EWL calls for paternity leave as a precondition for more work-life balance for both women and men

    EWL calls for paternity leave as a precondition for more work-life balance for both women and men

    [Brussels, 25 February 2011] On Tuesday 22 February, the EWL submitted its response to the European Commission’s Stakeholder Consultation on possible EU measures in the area of paternity leave. In its contribution, the EWL highlighted how EU measures in the area of paternity leave would be an important contribution to moving towards an equal share of care work between parents, to a more equal sharing of paid and unpaid work between women and men, and to the promotion of gender equality.
    The (...) Read more

  • EWL submits amendments to the CSW draft Conclusions

    EWL submits amendments to the CSW draft Conclusions

    [New York, 24 February 2011] The European Women’s Lobby is currently actively contributing to the debate on the draft conclusions of the UN 2011 Commission on the Status of Women conclusions. Please find below the EWL amendments to the conclusions on “Access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work”.
    Draft presented by: Bureau of the Commission on the Status of (...) Read more

  • EWL members in Turkey launch feminist publishing house

    EWL members in Turkey launch feminist publishing house

    [Ankara, 23 February 2011] Ayizi Kitap Publishing House - the first feminist publishing house - was this week founded in Turkey by a number of influential feminists linked to the EWL. Ilknur Ustun - former country coordinator of the EWL in Turkey, Selma Acuner - former delegate to the EWL Administrative Board from Turkey - and Akus Bora - well-known feminist academic and activist - are the founders of the publishing house. In addition, Ms Hatice Simten Cosar, member of the EWL Board of (...) Read more

  • European Disability Forum awaits implementation of EU commitments

    European Disability Forum awaits implementation of EU commitments

    [EDF, Brussels, 21 February 2011] Leaders of the European disability movement debated during the weekend about the main issues that European Union institutions will be dealing with in the upcoming months. These were formed after very decisive developments in disability rights legislation and policies in 2010. European citizens are feeling the effects of the financial crisis in their everyday lives and we want to ensure that the rights of persons with disabilities are protected and promoted (...) Read more

  • Does Italy fear women’s financial power? EWL Coordination in Italy reacts to attempts to block legal quotas for women’s representation on company boards

    Does Italy fear women's financial power? EWL Coordination in Italy reacts to attempts to block legal quotas for women's representation on company boards

    [Rome, 18 February 2011] The Italian Coordination which represents twenty among the major national women’s associations, networks and groups within the European Women’s Lobby in Brussels, expresses its criticism about what is happening Italy in last days.
    The very recent attempt by Confindustria (Entrapreneurs’ National Association), ABI (National Banks’ Association) and ANIA (National Insurances’s Association) along with 53 amendments, to the draft law in matters of quotas on the Boards of (...) Read more

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