• Why Storytelling?

    Why Storytelling?

    Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity. – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian writer.
    [Brussels, 18 December 2017] Last month, I had the pleasure to work with the European Women’s Lobby’s Programme Unit and to take the lead in organizing the webinar “The Art of Storytelling: Why are our stories important for social transformation?” with New York writer and co-founder of elle fin productions, Laura Fischer. Those webinars are a series on (...) Read more

  • How can gender equality be a key to fair jobs?

    How can gender equality be a key to fair jobs?

    [Speech of EWL Vice President Elvy Svennerstål at the Ministerial Conference on How Gender Equality can contribute to Fair Jobs and Growth, 8 November] Our Vice President Elvy Svennerstål from the [Swedish Women’s Lobby->, is at the [Ministerial Conference on How Gender Equality can contribute to Fair Jobs and Growth-> Taking place in Gothenburg, Sweden, this conference brings together Ministers responsible for Gender Equality from (...) Read more

  • Lesbian* Power in Vienna

    Lesbian* Power in Vienna

    [Brussels, 18 October 2017, Blogpost by Serap Altinisik, EWL Programme Director]
    “But the true feminist deals out of a lesbian consciousness whether or not she ever sleeps with women.” ― Audre Lorde
    I belong to the lucky feminists working for a feminist Europe. Thanks to my role, I frequently have interesting, challenging and even funny encounters with social justice activists, civil society actors, decision-makers, funders, business advocates or civil servants across Europe and beyond. (...) Read more

  • UNESCO Conference in Paris: Fostering Women’s Empowerment and Leadership

    UNESCO Conference in Paris: Fostering Women's Empowerment and Leadership

    In June Barbara Cleary EWL Managing Committee member and member of UK Joint Committee on Women in the UK represented EWL at a high level conference in Paris organised by UNESCO - Fostering Women’s Empowerment and Leadership. Building on its wealth of experience and using its soft power, UNESCO is determined to scale up existing initiatives and good practices that have been successfully implemented over the last decade and to identify new areas, new approaches and new modalities that have the (...) Read more

  • The Dutch Elections 2017 from a feminist perspective

    The Dutch Elections 2017 from a feminist perspective

    Blogpost written by the Dutch members Nederlandse Vrouwenraad Working group on Women in Politics: Marion Minis, Mieke Bakker-Mantjes and Renee van Laar. The results of the recent Dutch parliamentary elections on March 15, 2017 contributed to a trend of decreasing women’s participation in national Dutch politics: The number of women MP’s in the Netherlands has climbed steadily from 21 (14%) in 1977 towards 61 (41%) in 2010, to slowly fall back. The results of the elections in 2012 (58 (...) Read more

  • Elif Shafak "We need more sisterhood in the world, now more than ever!"

    Elif Shafak "We need more sisterhood in the world, now more than ever!"

    In preparation for our FemTALK, we sought to invite all kinds of different voices who combined feminisms in their art. From the onset, we had one person in mind that we wanted to invite to Brussels and talk about their craft. Elif Shafak, one of the pioneering voices in Turkish literature, is an award-winning novelist, political commentator, public speaker and academic, who writes in both Turkish and English as well as combines Western and Eastern cultures of storytelling. She tackles the (...) Read more

  • 10 Actions of Resistance to Take After the Women’s Marches. We’ve starting rising up… what’s next?

    10 Actions of Resistance to Take After the Women's Marches. We've starting rising up… what's next?

    [Brussels, 7 February 2017] European Women’s Lobby’s Joanna Maycock shares her top ten things you can do NOW to make a difference.
    Like so many others, over the past few weeks, the staff and members of the European Women’s Lobby have been out on the streets, making our voices heard.
    Joining millions of women all around the world, we took to the streets to raise awareness about the denial of women’s human rights, about the continuing economic and social inequality women face, and about the (...) Read more

  • Takeaways from the AWID Forum

    Takeaways from the AWID Forum

    [Brussels, 11 October 2016] It’s been exactly a month since [AWID’s 13th International Feminist Forum->, which took place in Brazil. The European Women’s Lobby’s (EWL) Programme Director, Serap Altinisik, reflects on the conference and shares with us what lessons and memories she brought back with her to Brussels.
    Takeaways from the AWID Forum
    I had the privilege of participating on behalf of EWL at the AWID’s (an international, feminist, membership organisation) 13th (...) Read more

  • Competition or cooperation? Global women’s solidarity is needed more than ever

    Competition or cooperation? Global women's solidarity is needed more than ever

    [Brussels, 1 September 2016] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) is delighted to participate at the [AWID Forum-> which will take place from the 8 – 11 September in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. AWID is not only a key actor in advancing gender equality, but its forum is one of the most anticipated gatherings in women’s rights activism worldwide. AWID provides a unique opportunity for the women’s movement to develop global strategies that respond to emerging trends. (...) Read more

  • Justice for Berta!

    Justice for Berta!

    [Brussels, 6 April 2016, Blogpost by Irene Rosales, EWL Policy & Campaigns Officer] All over the world, environmental and women’s rights organisations have raised jointly their voices to firmly condemn the dreadful murder of Berta Cáceres, Honduran human rights and environmental defender, in early March. Berta’s death has highlighted the continuing impunity for threats and attacks against all human rights defenders and the lack of laws for their protection. Strong reactions and (...) Read more


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