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  • Europe needs an EU horizontal Directive to prevent and combat all forms of violence against women and girls!

    Europe needs an EU horizontal Directive to prevent and combat all forms of violence against women and girls!

    Male violence against women and girls (VAWG) is as an international long-term pandemic and has been recognised a fundamental human rights violation whose impacts know no borders. 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.
    Violence against women and girls threatens the (...) Read more

  • International day of the girl-chid: EWL’s commitment to empower and uplift girls

    International day of the girl-chid: EWL's commitment to empower and uplift girls

    [Brussels, 11 October 2021] For today’s International Day of the Girl-Child, EWL wants to shed light on one of the main goals of our work: the empowerment and uplifting of girls.
    This year more than ever, as we witness the achievements of all the amazing girls out there who are changing the world for the better, we would like to reiterate our commitment to advocate for girls’ rights and concretely contribute to their empowerment through our initiatives.
    There are millions of girls who came (...) Read more

  • No woman left behind: calling on the EU to end sexual exploitation and trafficking

    No woman left behind: calling on the EU to end sexual exploitation and trafficking

    [Brussels, 5 October 2021] On the International Day Against Prostitution, EWL launches the Her Future is Equal Briefing Paper, outlining the harms and reality of violence and oppression at the core of the prostitution system, and our proposals to prevent future harm.
    As stated in the Paper, prostitution is estimated to affect one million women in Europe, 1/7 of which are trafficking victims, amounting to 140,000 women in total. These women face daily risks of violence, control and harm: (...) Read more

  • A Call to Deliver a Just Transition to a Social and Sustainable Europe

    A Call to Deliver a Just Transition to a Social and Sustainable Europe

    We, [the undersigned organisations, movements, networks, and political parties->https://alliancejusttransition.eu: Underline the depth, seriousness and acute nature of the ongoing climate and environmental emergency, of the social, health, and economic crises, of rising inequality and poverty, of persisting forms of discrimination based on ethnicity, gender, disability, age and other grounds, and of increasing precariousness of work and inadequate working conditions in Europe and the rest (...) Read more

  • International Safe Abortion Day: A call for full access to abortion for all women in the EU

    International Safe Abortion Day: A call for full access to abortion for all women in the EU

    “Prohibiting abortion pushes it underground and gives rise to unsafe abortions, violating the rights to life, health and bodily autonomy.” EWL joint statement at the 36th Human Rights Council Session (2017)
    [Brussels, 28 September 2021] On the occasion of the International Safe Abortion Day, EWL reiterates its call to make safe abortion legally and practically accessible to all women and girls in Europe.
    While we’ve been globally witnessing several significant legal achievements in Ireland (...) Read more

  • EWL Statement on the situation of women and girls in Afghanistan

    EWL Statement on the situation of women and girls in Afghanistan

    [Brussels 17 August 2021] We see with horror the Taliban taking over Afghanistan, and stand in solidarity with all women and girls in the country. There is an immediate threat of murder and violence from the Taliban for women activists, women’s rights defenders, women in the civil society and all women entrepreneurs, researchers and decision-makers in Afghanistan. It breaks our hearts to foresee the rollback of women’s rights in the country after years of hard work by Afghan women to access (...) Read more

  • EWL celebrates International Youth Day 2021

    EWL celebrates International Youth Day 2021

    “Young people are on the frontlines of the struggle to build a better future for all. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the dire need for the kind of transformational change they seek – and young people must be full partners in that effort.” - UN Secretary-General António Guterres
    [Brussels, 12 August 2021] Each year on 12 August, we mark International Youth Day – an opportunity for the world leaders and society as a whole to draw attention to issues concerning young people worldwide.
    As (...) Read more

  • EWL welcomes Mae Ocampo as its Acting Interim Coordinator

    EWL welcomes Mae Ocampo as its Acting Interim Coordinator

    [Brussels, 4 August 2021] The European Women’s Lobby welcomes the decision of its Executive Committee to offer the position of Acting Interim Coordinator to Mae Ocampo, EWL Programme Director until the new EWL Secretary General takes position in the coming months. Mae will be taking over from Secretary General Joanna Maycock, who leaves EWL after 7 years of excellent work for women’s rights in Europe and equality between women and men.
    Mae Ocampo joined EWL in 2018 as Programme Director. She (...) Read more

  • Celebrating Joanna Maycock: 7 years as EWL Secretary General

    Celebrating Joanna Maycock: 7 years as EWL Secretary General

    After years working on women’s rights in Africa and Asia, Joanna joined the European Women’s Lobby in 2014 during an eventful and exciting time for Europe and for women’s rights, with a rising mobilisation of women and girls demanding their rights globally and in Europe.
    In a moment when Europe had stopped progressing on women’s rights through a combination of complacency, a lack of political will, Euroscepticism and deeply ingrained gender stereotypes exacerbated by austerity and at the (...) Read more

  • EWL at the Generation Equality Forum in Paris: shaping the way forward for equality

     EWL at the Generation Equality Forum in Paris: shaping the way forward for equality

    From 30 June to 2 July 2021, the governments of France and Mexico together with UN Women organised the Generation Equality Forum, a global event to mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing declaration and platform for action.
    The Generation Equality Forum (GEF) - initially foreseen for 2020, but unfortunately disrupted by the pandemic - has been a high moment of commitments towards enhancing equality between women and men, in particular through the six Action Coalitions gathering CSOs, (...) Read more

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