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  • We stand #WithRefugees: World Refugee Day 2018

    We stand #WithRefugees: World Refugee Day 2018

    [Brussels, 20 June 2018] Today is UN World Refugee Day. Yet, across Europe today, thousands of women, girls, boys and men are living in inhumane conditions and are at risk of trafficking, abuse and exploitation because our leaders are not respecting their fundamental basic rights, nor the real and desperate need so many are in.
    In recent years, the idea of ‘fortress Europe’ has taken hold in many nations. We have seen calls for harder borders, more restrictive immigration policies, and sea (...) Read more

  • Sharing Europe festival

     Sharing Europe festival

    [Brussels, 15 May 2018] We are delighted to be Content Partners for the Sharing Europe festival Read more

  • General Data Protection Regulation

    [Brussels, 24 May 2018] The European Women’s Lobby is committed to fully implement the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect tomorrow, 25th May 2018.
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  • Massive increase in homelessness in Europe especially among women, children and women/men from a migrant background

    Massive increase in homelessness in Europe especially among women, children and women/men from a migrant background

    [Brussels, 26 March 2018] The 2018 Third Overview report on Housing Exclusion in Europe, produced by FEANTSA (the European Network on Homelessness) and the Abbé Pierre Foundation, France, reveals that homelessness in Europe has increased by 150% in Germany, 145% in Ireland and almost 100% in Belgium.
    Women, children and women/men from a migrant background are particularly more vulnerable to housing exclusion and homelessness. While the majority of homeless are men, the proportion of women (...) Read more

  • Sign the petition! Rise up against violence!

    Sign the petition! Rise up against violence!

    [Brussels, 8 March 2018] EWL is part of the WeMove platorm that calls on EU Justice Ministers to "Make Europe a safe place for all women and girls! We are calling on you to urgently ratify and implement broadly the Council of Europe convention to fight violence against women. Women and girls across Europe want to live a life free from violence and fear. Act now to make sure that the European Union takes concrete action to protect all women and girls from violence and actively fights this (...) Read more

  • Diversity - Never enough!

    Diversity - Never enough!

    [Brussels 14 March 2018] The European Action Week Against Racism 2018 will take place from 17-25 March under the slogan "Diversity - never enough!". Every year, the platform [UNITED coordinates this week-long Europe-wide campaign-> around 21 March to protest against all forms of racism and discrimination and to celebrate the diversity that enriches European societies.
    This week calls on everyone to celebrate the cultural diversity of Europe - while racist and (...) Read more

  • For a gender-responsive EU budget

    For a gender-responsive EU budget

    [Brussels, 14 March 2018] The European Women’s Lobby contributed to a paper written by NGOs that makes the case for a gender-responsive European Union (EU) planning and budgeting in the context of the preparation of the next EU Multiannual Financial Framework(MFF) post-2020.
    With the help of gender indicators and gender impact assessments, the EU could carry out a gender-responsive analysis of the current MFF and adjust expenditures in the next MFF. Together with increased and targeted (...) Read more

  • European Investment Bank goes #genderequal?

    European Investment Bank goes #genderequal?

    [Brussels, 7 February 2018] The time is now! On Monday we attended a civil society consulting meeting organised by the European Investment Bank.
    Gender inequality continues to persist in Europe and we have stopped progressing for 10 years, see the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) However there is a major momentum and a growing movement from #metoo to the women’s marches to online activism to women in boardrooms and parliaments, and even in banks! The European Investment Bank (...) Read more

  • Rethinking Protection, Power and Movements

    Rethinking Protection, Power and Movements

    [Brussels 18 January 2018] The EWL warmly recommends Rethinking Protection, Power, and Movements: lessons from women human rights defenders in Mesoamerica, a publication by the international feminist organisation JASS (Just Associates).
    The report brings a feminist and social movement perspective to the urgent question of why—despite advances in legal and institutional protections—women activists and their organizations are more at risk than ever. Faced with increasing violence against (...) Read more

  • Work-Life-Balance Directive: update end 2017

    Work-Life-Balance Directive: update end 2017

    [Brussels, 12 December 2017] In April 2017, the European Commission launched its proposal for a Directive on family related leave covering parental leave, paternity leave, carer’s leave and the right to request flexible working arrangements on return to work for reasons related to care responsibilities. The Directive, once adopted, will replace the existing EU Directive on Parental leave (2010/18/EU) negotiated and adopted by the Social Partners in 2010. The WLB Directive will be part of the (...) 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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