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  • Hungarian government’s moves against abortion overshadow International Day of Action for Women’s Health

    Hungarian government's moves against abortion overshadow International Day of Action for Women's Health

    [Brussels, 27 May 201] Saturday 28 May marks International Day of Action for Women’s Health, an occasion to remind decision-makers that women’s health is a fundamental human right and should be protected by all means. This year, however, developments in Hungary predicating a denial of women’s basic sexual and reproductive rights have cast a long shadow over the celebrations of European organisations working to protect women’s health and promote gender equality, including the European Women’s (...) Read more

  • Promotion of gender equality key to effective EU strategy on Active Ageing, says EWL on occasion of 3rd European Day of Solidarity between Generations

    Promotion of gender equality key to effective EU strategy on Active Ageing, says EWL on occasion of 3rd European Day of Solidarity between Generations

    [Brussels, 28 April 2011] As key stakeholders from across the EU gather in Brussels to mark the 3rd European Day of Solidarity between Generations on 29 April, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) is calling for more attention to be paid to gender equality in European policies designed to address the challenges of an ageing population across Europe.
    Concerns regarding demographic changes and the pressures these are putting upon European social systems in a context of economic slowdown have (...) Read more

  • European Women’s Lobby appoints Cécile Gréboval as new Secretary General

    European Women's Lobby appoints Cécile Gréboval as new Secretary General

    [Brussels, 15 April 2011] The European Women’s Lobby, the largest umbrella organisation of women’s associations in the European Union, announced today the appointment of Cécile Gréboval as its new Secretary General, with immediate effect.
    An internal candidate, Ms. Gréboval brings to the post more than 15 years of experience within the EWL Secretariat in a variety of positions, and has already twice served as Interim Secretary General of the organisation.
    Announcing the appointment, EWL (...) 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

    Joint Press Release
    Date: 02 March 2011
    Issuing organisations: The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) & AGE Platform Europe
    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 (...) Read more

  • Current EWL Secretary General appointed new European Anti-Trafficking Coordinator

    Current EWL Secretary General appointed new European Anti-Trafficking Coordinator

    The European Commission yesterday announced the appointment of Ms. Myria Vassiliadou, current Secretary General of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) to the new post of European Anti-Trafficking Coordinator. According to the Commission press release, Ms. Vassiliadou will ‘elaborate existing and new EU policies relevant to the fight against trafficking and provide overall strategic policy orientation for the EU’s external policy in this field’.
    Reacting to the news, Brigitte Triems, President of (...) Read more

  • MEPs join NGOs in urging Member States to tackle inequalities in access to health care for undocumented children and women

    MEPs join NGOs in urging Member States to tackle inequalities in access to health care for undocumented children and women

    Human Rights Day 2010 - 9 EU countries do not guarantee access to health care for undocumented pregnant women and children
    [Brussels, 09 December 2010] Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from across the political spectrum were recently confronted with evidence of substantial inequalities in access to healthcare across the EU. A Public Hearing held on 8 December in Brussels highlighted how undocumented migrants – especially undocumented pregnant women and children – are threatened by (...) Read more

  • NGO Coalition on Intergenerational Solidarity welcomes EPSCO decision to declare 2012 European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations

    NGO Coalition on Intergenerational Solidarity welcomes EPSCO decision to declare 2012 European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations

    [Brussels, 8 December 2010] We are pleased that the EPSCO Council supported our call and has decided to extend the title for the proposed European Year 2012 to “Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations”.
    We welcome the objectives of the Year, i.e. “to encourage and support the efforts of Member States, their regional and local authorities, social partners, civil society and the business community to promote active ageing and to do more to mobilise the potential of the rapidly growing (...) Read more

  • European Commission failing in its duty to implement Council and Parliament’s call for Strategy to combat violence against women, says EWL

    European Commission failing in its duty to implement Council and Parliament's call for Strategy to combat violence against women, says EWL

    [Brussels, 30 November 2010] For women’s rights advocates who attended a high-level conference on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women last week, initial disappointment at the lack of concrete outcomes of the two-day event at the Hilton Hotel in Brussels has given way to concern that the European Commission may fail to implement EU commitments to develop a comprehensive Strategy to tackle widespread gender-based violence.
    In the aftermath of (...) Read more

  • 30 years is about time to take violence against women seriously, says European Women’s Lobby

    30 years is about time to take violence against women seriously, says European Women's Lobby

    [Brussels, 24 November 2010] On the occasion of the 29th anniversary of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the European Women’s Lobby has launched a call for the European Union to take action to eliminate the most prevalent human rights abuse within its borders.
    It is estimated that almost every other woman in Europe suffers gender-based violence at some point in her life, with one in five falling victim to domestic violence and one in ten to rape or forced (...) Read more

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