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  • EWL reiterates its call for full access to abortion for all women in the EU and worldwide

    EWL reiterates its call for full access to abortion for all women in the EU and worldwide

    [Brussels, 19 May 2022] Worried by the latest deeply concerning news in the EU, at its borders and in the United States, EWL reiterates its call to make safe abortion legally and practically accessible to all women and girls in Europe and worldwide.
    In all parts of the world, many obstacles have been hindering women’s access to abortion services, ranging from the conscientious objection used by medical practitioners to the lack of reimbursement of the needed drugs or operation. Women’s (...) Read more

  • EWL Analysis of the Commission Proposal for a Directive on Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

    EWL Analysis of the Commission Proposal for a Directive on Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

    [Brussels, 10 May 2022] The European Women’s Lobby releases its analysis of the Commission Proposal for a Directive on Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence: a first step towards a Europe free of male violence against women and girls.
    The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) generally welcomed the Commission’s Proposal for a Directive on Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence earlier this year.
    Following the general acknowledgement that the Directive is indeed a (...) Read more

  • Improving gender equality and women’s representation in politics

    [Brussels, April 2022] Since the end of 2021, the European Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) has been working on a legislative initiative report (INL) on reforming the EU Electoral Law. The text will be voted in Plenary at the beginning of May. The European Women’s Lobby believes this presents a significant opportunity to improve women’s political representation ahead of the 2024 European elections and has called on the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to include (...) Read more

  • Advancing women’s rights through the Conference on the Future of Europe

    Advancing women's rights through the Conference on the Future of Europe

    [Brussels, April 2022] The Conference on the Future of Europe is a defining moment to reassert the EU’s strong and unconditional commitments to women’s rights. The European Women’s Lobby sees the Conference as a crucial opportunity to foster ambitious measures to frame a feminist Europe. That’s why our Advocacy Paper calls on the European Parliament to draft a resolution that addresses women’s interests and needs as well as demands concrete follow-up actions to truly advance women’s rights in (...) Read more

  • A glossary on forms of violence and recommendations for the four pillars of the Istanbul Convention

    A glossary on forms of violence and recommendations for the four pillars of the Istanbul Convention

    [Brussels, 26 April 2022] Male violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a fundamental human rights violation, a form of discrimination against women and girls and a huge obstacle to achieving equality between women and men. It happens across Europe, affecting over 250 million women and girls, and yet due to a lack of European harmonisation of legislation, the remedies and prevention methods taken by governments are haphazard and a lottery for the women and girls experiencing violence. (...) Read more

  • The EWL demands active gender mainstreaming in climate policies after the COP26 and ahead of the CSW66

    The EWL demands active gender mainstreaming in climate policies after the COP26 and ahead of the CSW66

    [Brussels, February 2022] Ahead of the 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the European Women’s Lobby has prepared a statement with its key demands to address gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes.
    The CSW66 will take place on 14 to 25 March in New York, in an unprecedented context as the world faces a growing urgency to tackle climate change challenges (...) Read more

  • European Women’s Lobby calls for peace in Ukraine

    European Women's Lobby calls for peace in Ukraine

    [Brussels, 4 March 2022] Following a webinar held on 3 March with the National Council of Women of Ukraine, the European Women’s Lobby endorsed its Statement calling on EU leaders and the international community to include women at every stage of the processes to strive for peace in Ukraine.
    To this end, it calls on the EU to set up immediately an inter-institutional task force and include women’s civil society to ensure that the voices on the ground are heard, consulted and shape current (...) Read more

  • Women Changing Europe: EWL Strategic Framework 2022-2026

    Women Changing Europe: EWL Strategic Framework 2022-2026

    EWL launches today its new Strategic Framework "Women Changing Europe: Building a Feminist Vision for the Future of Europe Strategy 2022-2026".
    This strategy was developed during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic with all aspects of our work and our mission being impacted significantly. Over the course of this period, the EWL adapted to the restrictions brought about by the pandemic, sharpened its actions in a radically changed world, enabled online spaces for the women’s movement to come (...) Read more

  • Shaping Social Europe for Women’s rights in 2022

    Shaping Social Europe for Women's rights in 2022

    [Brussels, 13 January 2022] As we end another challenging year and despite continuous strain on women and girls in the COVID context, there are however some things to celebrate as we begin 2022, especially the development and shaping of a better Social Europe for women’s rights.
    Many policy developments in this area have a direct impact on women and girls’ rights. In 2022, we want to go further and call for a Care Deal for Europe and more robust measures to close the gender pay gap that (...) Read more

  • More than 70 MEPs call on the EU Commission to take bold action to end violence against women and girls

    More than 70 MEPs call on the EU Commission to take bold action to end violence against women and girls

    Brussels, 10 December 2021
    In early 2022, the European Commission is expected to put forward its proposal for an EU Directive on all forms of violence against women and girls. This is a great step in combatting and preventing this violence and an opportunity not to miss. To ensure the proposal is as ambitious as needed to protect all women in Europe from all forms of violence, EWL has gathered support from Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in a pledge calling for a strong Directive (...) Read more

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EWL event "Progress towards a Europe free from all forms of male violence" to mark the 10th aniversary of the Istanbul Convention, 12 May 2021.

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