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  • EU 2020: Civil society proposals for a smart, sustainable and inclusive recovery

    (Brussels, 14 May 2013) At a Public Hearing today in the European Parliament, European Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have joined forces in an ad-hoc coalition to present country-specific recommendations for 2013 in the areas of employment, poverty, education, tax, environmental change and gender equality. Together, they call for a more balanced social, sustainable and equality-based Economic and Monetary Union, Europe 2020 Strategy and effective multi-stakeholder engagement in the (...) Read more

  • 2 years overdue campaign feels its first kick

    2 years overdue campaign feels its first kick

    [Brussels, 18 April 2013] Good news! EWL maternity campaign 2 years overdue has received a positive response regarding a meeting with the Irish Presidency.
    The campaign is pushing for the second reading phase by the Council of the European parliament’s position and the adoption of a revised maternity leave directive.
    This directive is the guarantee of protection for every woman in Europe who gives birth and to find a balance between her private and her professional life – which is necessary (...) Read more

  • A few questions about 50/50

    A few questions about 50/50

    Q&A about EWL European Political Mentoring Network
    What is the aim of the EWL European Political Mentoring Network?
    The EWL European Political Mentoring Network aims to empower ethnic minority women and women of foreign origin ahead of the June 2014 European elections and, ideally, to increase their representation in the European Parliament (EP), in order to address the lack of gender parity and ethnic diversity in political decision-making at European level.
    How does the EWL (...) Read more

  • Press Release: Offical Launch of the 50/50 Mentoring Campaign

    Press Release: Offical Launch of the 50/50 Mentoring Campaign

    Launch of the 50/50 Mentoring Campaign
    European Parliament Tuesday 09 April 2013 10.15- 11.00am
    Room: A5 G305
    The European Women’s Lobby is delighted to announce the launch of the 50/50 European Campaign Political Mentoring Network in the European Parliament on Tuesday 09 April at 10.15am. The event will bring together participants in our ground-breaking mentoring network, current sitting MEPs from all political parties, with future candidates for the 2014 European Parliament elections. (...) Read more

  • International Women’s Day 2013: Concrete action needed by the EU to end violence against women

    “We cannot afford not to end violence against women, both in terms of financial sustainability, but also in terms of global democracy, peace and security for all human beings” Viviane Teitelbaum, EWL President
    Brussels, 07 March 2013 – On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) recalls the need for concrete action from the European Union (EU) to end violence against women. We demand the establishment of an EU Year to End Violence against Women in 2015. (...) Read more

  • 200 civil society organisations launch European debate on the abolition of prostitution

    [Brussels, 04 December 2012] Today, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL), together with Fondation Scelles and Mouvement du Nid France, held a conference in the European Parliament aiming at assessing 10 years of policies on prostitution in Sweden and the Netherlands. On this occasion, around 200 women’s rights NGOs, coming from 25 Member States and four other countries, unveiled their Brussels’ Call “Together for a Europe free from prostitution”.
    Together with a dozen MEPs representing all (...) Read more

  • Media Advisory: 4 December, 13h45, European Parliament: 200 signatory organisations launch Brussels Call for a Europe free from prostitution

    Tuesday 04 December 2012, European Parliament, Brussels
    Press conference at 13h45 in room 7F266, office of MEP Mr Gustafsson
    Conference from 14h30 to 18h30 in room P4B001
    Media and photo opportunity with ministers and MEPs from 16h to 16h30, during the conference
    On 04 December 2012, around 200 women’s rights NGOs, coming from 25 Member States and four other countries, will hold a conference in the European Parliament aiming to assess 10 years of policies on prostitution in Sweden and (...) Read more

  • #EndVAWinEurope – EWL calls on MEPs to back ratification by the EU and Member States of legal tool to tackle violence against women

    #EndVAWinEurope – EWL calls on MEPs to back ratification by the EU and Member States of legal tool to tackle violence against women

    [Brussels, 23 November 2012] Ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November), Members of the European Parliament are mobilising to have the EU ratify a ground-breaking international legal document to tackle the most prevalent human rights abuse within its borders.
    Five Members of the European Parliament this week initiated a written declaration calling on the European Union to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on violence against women, (...) Read more

  • Women on boards: a first step towards meritocracy

    European Women’s Lobby welcomes Commission’s legislative proposal for greater gender balance on boards of administration and calls on EU legislators to strengthen text
    [Brussels, 15 November 2012] At present, more than 85% of corporate board seats are effectively reserved for men. Judging by the reactions to the announcement today of draft EU legislation to tackle this cosy state of affairs for the privileged few, ensuring women candidates with equal qualifications and experience are given a (...) Read more

  • Nine countries move to block key EU equality legislation for women on boards

    Nine countries move to block key EU equality legislation for women on boards

    Brussels, 19 September 2012
    Dear EU leaders,
    We, members of the European Women’s Lobby and representing women’s associations from across the European Union, are very concerned at the news that a number of EU Member States are seeking to block the passage of promised legislation to ensure a more equal representation of women and men on company boards in the EU.
    At a time of economic turbulence and while EU citizens are expecting positive signals from EU leaders in relation to promoting a (...) Read more

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