[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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[Brussels, 15 November 2017] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) is pleased to outline some of the international events on violence against women happening in the coming weeks, organised by EWL members or in which EWL representatives will be taking part.
On the 20th of November the 3rd Annual Colloquium on fundamental rights, organised by the European Commission will take place in Brussels organised by the European Commission. This years’ focus will be on “Women’s rights in turbulent times” and (...) Read more
[Brussels, 14 November, Communication from DG Justice, European Commission] The 2017 Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights will take place in Brussels on 20 and 21 November. This year’s focus will be on "Women’s rights in turbulent times". The objective of the Annual Colloquium is to improve mutual cooperation and greater political engagement for the promotion and protection of key fundamental rights in the EU.
This year’s Colloquium will be a forum in which political decision-makers in the (...) Read more
[Brussels, 10 November 2017] Together with the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will host a Social Summit.
Follow the Summit via #SocialSummit17
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[Brussels, 10 November 2017] The Women of Europe Awards are organised by the European Movement International and the European Women’s Lobby, building upon the national awards of several National European Movement Councils. The awards are handed out annually to honour women striving to advance the European project in their professional or private capacity.
The role of women in the European project remains largely unrecognised, and the awards highlight the contribution of women in promoting (...) Read more
[Brussels, 6 November 2017] The Council of Europe recently published a report on balanced participation of women and men in political and public decision-making.
The report shows that European countries are still struggling to achieve gender balance in public decision-making, according to a new report from the Council of Europe. The report looks at progress made by 46 countries towards the goal set by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers in 2003 of having at least 40% of both men (...) Read more
[Brussels, 29 September 2017] The European Women’s Lobby welcomes the adoption of a key European Parliament resolution on the EU accession to the Istanbul Convention where we marked 20 years of action by the EWL’s Observatory on violence against women and girls. The two EP rapporteurs, Ms Corazza Bildt (EPP, Sweden, FEMM Committee) and Ms Christine Revault D’Allonnes Bonnefoy (S&D, France, LIBE Committee), took part at the event and explained their key political vision for a Europe where (...) Read more
[Brussels, 18 September 2017] On September 27 and 28, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly and Member States will review the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons (launched in 2010) and issue a Political Declaration outlining the way forward in the fight against trafficking.
In its definition of exploitation, the 2010 Action Plan defines includes "the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or (...) Read more
[Brussels, 15 September 2017] In July 2017, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) adopted a new General Recommendation, which builds on a previous key document, General Recommendation 19.
General Recommendation 35 updates the previous text, and provides a strong reference and tool for advocacy action for women’s organisations. Taking stock of the developments of the last 25 years, GR 35 reaffirms the UN commitment to a world free from violence (...) Read more
[19 August 2017] One month ago, on 19 July 2017, the current presidency, Estonia, together with future presidencies - Bulgaria (latter part of 2017) and Austria (first semester 2018) adopted a joint trio Declaration on Equality between Women and Men in which they commit to placing gender equality high on the EU’s political agenda, including in discussions on the Future of Europe and the future EU’s Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF). For more details on the meeting, click here.
The Trio (...) Read more