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  • Paying for sex: Women’s groups call for EU-wide ban

    More than 200 women’s rights groups are calling for laws to make paying for sex a crime across the European Union.
    Campaigners presented key policy recommendations for legislation to MEPs in Brussels on Wednesday.
    "Prostitution is a form of violence, an obstacle to gender equality and an open door for organised crime to develop," a campaign spokeswoman told the BBC.
    But opponents say the move is likely to drive the prostitution industry further underground.
    The European Women’s Lobby (...) Read more

  • Women’s groups call for new EU-wide prostitution laws

    BBC News reports that over 200 women’s rights groups have called for legislation to make paying for sex a crime across the entire EU.
    Campaigners presented key policy recommendations for legislation to MEPs in Brussels yesterday.
    "Prostitution is a form of violence, an obstacle to gender equality and an open door for organised crime to develop," a campaign spokesperson said.
    According to the broadcaster, the European women’s lobby (EWL), which leads the campaign, wants EU member states to (...) Read more

  • 200 NGOs call for the eradication of prostitution

    By Elena Ralli
    The European Women’s Lobby (EWL), together with Fondation Scelles and Mouvement du Nid France organized a conference in the European Parliament with the purpose of assessing 10 years of policies on prostitution in Sweden and the Netherlands. Around 200 women’s rights NGOs, coming from 25 Member States and four other countries have responded to the Brussels’ Call “Together for a Europe free from prostitution”. As Viviane Teitelbaum, President of the European Women’s Lobby (...) Read more

  • FEMM chair: increasing speak out on prostitution needed

    By Stanislava Gaydazhieva
    The chair of the European Parliament’s (EP) Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM), MEP Mikael Gustafsson, said during a conference on prostitution organised by the European Women’s Lobby that an increasing speak out on the issue of prostitution was needed. Gustafsson added that this was necessary no matter how controversial this issue was and the resistance to deal with it. He also said that a step up in the voices and opinions on prostitution was (...) Read more

  • Prostitution in Ghent: Ukrainian TV Channel INTER interviews EWL Policy Officer and Campaign Coordinator Pierrette Pape

    [Brussels, 19 November 2012] In a report of 10 November 2012 for the Ukranian TV Channel INTER, EWL Policy Officer and Project Coordinator Pierrette Pape is interviewed to give the perspective of the European Women’s Lobby on the new regulation promoted by the Mayor of Ghent (Belgium) affecting women in prostitution.
    The EWL rejects the Mayor’s underlying assumption that prostitution has a “social value”.
    You can watch the report and read the full article (in Ukrainian) (...) Read more

  • Bring women on board

    By Leanda Barrington-Leach - 31.10.2012 / 05:58 CET
    The European Commission is undermining EU treaties and stifling the democratic process.
    In a spectacular display of lack of solidarity following weeks of public discord, the college of European commissioners last Wednesday (24 October) failed to give its backing to a draft directive presented by Viviane Reding aimed at increasing the number of women on boards of administration across Europe.
    Citing last-minute legal concerns regarding (...) Read more

  • Women’s groups urge EU ban on prostitution

    Around 200 women’s groups on Tuesday urged the European Union to make paying for sex a crime on the grounds that prostitution violated women’s rights.
    “Prostitution is a form of violence, an obstacle to equality, a violation of human dignity, and of human rights” the European Women’s Lobby (EWL), the largest umbrella group of women’s rights groups in the 27-nation bloc, said at a conference in the European parliament. The EWL called on the bloc to seek inspiration from Sweden, which outlawed (...) Read more

  • Reding is snubbed - quotas deferred until mid-November

    (Agence Europe) - The quota of 40% women on bluechip company boards has been postponed, but Viviane Reding is determined not to give up her highly controversial proposal for a directive. She promises that the dossier will be back on the Commission agenda by the end of November, when it will be stronger and more open to subsidiarity. Reding, who is optimistic, said that after a century-long battle her proposal could wait another couple of weeks.
    Lengthy meeting of College. Reding will have (...) Read more

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