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EWL looks at active ageing and intergenerational solidarity through a feminist lens

[Brussels, 06 January 2012] 2012 is the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, and the themes of the Year will be visible also in the work of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL). This year, the EWL will look at intergenerational solidarity from a feminist perspective and apply a life-cycle perspective to its work on various gender equality issues.

The EWL annual conference on 12 May and the next issue of the EWL thematic publication European Women’s Voice will focus on the theme of solidarity across generations.

The European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations provides the EWL an opportunity to address women’s rights and gender equality from a generational perspective. In 2012, the EWL will apply a life-cycle approach to issues such as reproductive rights, care, economic independence inlcuding pensions and gender pay gap, and feminist mobilization.

These discussions will help to reaffirm solidarity among women across generations, needed to safeguard the rights that were hard fought for by older generations of women, some of which are being undermined today. They will also contribute to a feminist, intergenerational vision for the future that can provide a way out of the socio-economic crisis.

Stay tuned as the EWL shapes its feminist perspective to active ageing and intergenerational solidarity throughout the year!

Background resources

Official website of the European Year on Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations

European Advisory Committee on Equal Opportunities between Women and Men: Opinion on the gender dimension of active ageing and solidarity between generations (adopted in November 2011)

Joint Manifesto of the European NGO Coalition on intergenerational solidarity (led by the European Platform for older persons – AGE, which includes the EWL)

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