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  • 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

  • Over 130 feminist activists meet online for our annual General Assembly

    Over 130 feminist activists meet online for our annual General Assembly

    [Brussels, 29 June 2021] From 4-7 June 2021, the European Women’s Lobby held its annual General Assembly, the second to be held online in EWL’s herstory.
    Our annual General Assembly is an essential part of the democratic life of our network. It brings together representatives from across EWL’s 48 full member organisations and our supporting member organisations, alongside staff from the EWL Secretariat in Brussels, to reflect on and plan our work together. The COVID-19 pandemic meant that, (...) Read more

  • EWL Gender Budgeting Platform: A Tool to Channel Resources into Women’s Rights

    EWL Gender Budgeting Platform: A Tool to Channel Resources into Women's Rights

    On 22 June 2021, 14h30-16h30 CET, EWL will hold a launch conference for its gender budgeting platform, a tool to support women’s civil society and to demystify and better socialise gender budgeting across Europe. The event will be livestreamed here below and on our YouTube channel.
    Gender budgeting is a method to address gender inequalities. It recognises that budgets impact women and girls’, boys and men’s lives differently and that women face specific obstacles resulting from the (...) Read more

  • EWL elects new Board, Executive Committee and President

    EWL elects new Board, Executive Committee and President

    [Brussels, 18 June 2021] From 4-7 June 2021, the European Women’s Lobby held its annual General Assembly and Board meetings online. It was a dynamic few days in which we discussed how to progress in the implementation of our vision of a Feminist Europe. We reflected on the activities of the past year and were are once again reminded of the incredible breadth and depth of feminist activism in Europe today, in spite of the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftermath. We (...) Read more

  • A conversation with our new President, Réka Sáfrány

    A conversation with our new President, Réka Sáfrány

    Last Monday 7 June 2021, the Board of Administration of EWL elected their new President for 2021-2023: we are enthusiastic to welcome Réka Sáfrány, chair of the Hungarian Women’s Lobby, as our new President. In this interview Reka shares something about her background and her vision for the European feminist movement and EWL.
    First of all congratulations, Réka! We’re honoured to have you as our President and look forward to getting to know you better. As we all came to feminism through different (...) Read more

  • 100+ Feminists across Europe gathering for EWL’s 2021 General Assembly

    100+ Feminists across Europe gathering for EWL's 2021 General Assembly

    [Brussels, 27 May 2021] On 4-7 June 2021, EWL members will gather online for our annual General Assembly.
    Our annual General Assembly brings together representatives from across EWL’s 48 full member organisations, five supporting members and staff from the EWL Secretariat in Brussels. It is an essential part of the democratic life of our network and a highlight of the year for many of us.
    Delegates, observers and staff will meet online over two days of General Assembly on 5 and 6 June. On (...) Read more

  • Europe is ready for a future free from sexual exploitation and violence against women and girls, urges coalition

    Europe is ready for a future free from sexual exploitation and violence against women and girls, urges coalition

    [Brussels, 21 April 2021] In an event gathering MEPs, civil society representatives and political champions, the Brussels’ Call coalition launches the Her Future is Equal campaign, calling for the adoption of the Equality Model throughout Europe to eliminate sexual exploitation and protect all women and girls from violence.
    An equal Europe is one where everyone, regardless of their sex, circumstance or background has access to the same opportunities and choices in life. This is the (...) Read more

  • Ahead of Istanbul Convention 10th anniversary, women CSOs sound the alarm on women’s rights rollback in Europe

    Ahead of Istanbul Convention 10th anniversary, women CSOs sound the alarm on women's rights rollback in Europe

    Condemning Turkey’s recent decision and Poland’s announced intention to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention, in a new report the European Women’s Lobby calls attention to the Treaty’s crucial role in protecting women and girls from male violence. Simply put: the Istanbul Convention saves women’s lives.
    [Brussels, 14 April 2021] To mark the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, the European women’s Lobby (...) Read more

  • Pay transparency directive – a milestone in closing the gender pay gap?

    Pay transparency directive – a milestone in closing the gender pay gap?

    [Brussels, 19 March 2021] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) welcomes the recently adopted legislative proposal on pay transparency by the European Commission, which has been long overdue. While there are many positive measures in the proposal including a definition of ‘work of equal value’, the EWL regrets that mandatory reporting on the gender pay gap only concerns companies with 250 workers, which excludes many sectors where women work, particularly in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (...) Read more

  • EWL members meet for bi-annual EWL Board Meeting

    EWL members meet for bi-annual EWL Board Meeting

    [Brussels, 16 March 2021] The Board of EWL gathered online during the weekend of 27-28 February 2021 for its bi-annual meeting. For the Board, which includes representatives from EWL’s National Coordinations and European-wide organisations, this is a key moment to discuss current trends and needs of the women’s movement, make plans for the year ahead, and reflect together on common strategies and objectives.
    This time, Board Members focused in particular on EWL’s plans and priorities for 2021 (...) 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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