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  • Caring for who cares and caring for who is cared for: Recommendations for public policies - for a Care Pact

     Caring for who cares and caring for who is cared for: Recommendations for public policies - for a Care Pact

    [Porto, 6 May 2021] On the eve of the Porto Social Summit, the high moment of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, paving the way for the next decade to meet the challenges of the present and the future, the Portuguese Platform for Women’s Rights (PpDM), the national coordination of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL), is making public the Recommendations resulting from the initiative “Valuing the work of care as an engine of societies: recommendations for the present (...) Read more

  • Her Future Is Equal: an update from Malta Women’s Lobby

    Her Future Is Equal: an update from Malta Women's Lobby

    Read an update of the current experience of our Maltese members working on the way toward more equal laws concerning prostitution. This is done in collaboration with European Women’s Lobby and Malta Women’s Lobby as part of the Brussels’ Call campaign Her Future Is Equal, for a Europe free from prostitution.
    Maltese Government has been advocating for and working on decriminalisation of prostitution. As a women’s rights organisation, we are aware and recognise that if such laws are implemented, (...) Read more

  • My Body, My Choice?

    My Body, My Choice?

    On November 25, the Czech Women´s Lobby, in cooperation with Slovo 21 and SIMI (Association for Integration and Migration), organised an online debate on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The debate, entitled My Body, My Decision, focused on reproductive rights of Roma and migrant women in our country. Deciding on one´s own body seems to be a natural thing. In spite of that, in the light of events in Poland, we can see that this does not (...) Read more

  • There are Plenty of Capable Women in Our Society

    There are Plenty of Capable Women in Our Society

    This article was originally published on Lossi 36.
    For International Women’s Day, Owen Howells interviewed Hana Stelzerová – Director of the Czech Women’s Lobby (CWL) to discover her views on the situation for women in the Czech Republic, her inspiration for pursuing her career, and her perspectives on women’s roles in the Covid-19 crisis.
    Can you, in your own words, briefly outline what the Czech Women’s Lobby is and what it does.
    The Czech Women’s Lobby is a network consisting of 37 (...) Read more

  • The Irish Observatory on Violence Against Women and Girls’ letter to Taoiseach Martin

    The Irish Observatory on Violence Against Women and Girls' letter to Taoiseach Martin

    Dear Taoiseach Martin,
    Re: Turkeys Withdrawal from the Council of Europe Convention Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence
    The Irish Observatory on Violence Against Women and Girls condemns the decision of the President of Turkey to pull his country out of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention) and considers it a devastating signal to women and girls in Turkey and across (...) Read more

  • IWRA condemns Turkey’s decision to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention

    IWRA condemns Turkey's decision to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention

    The Icelandic Women’s Rights Association condemns Turkey’s decision to withdraw from the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention.
    Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention is not only an attack on women, but also on LGBTQ+ people, minority groups and people in a vulnerable position. Turkey’s actions set back and prevent the progress to full equality, not only within their borders but in (...) Read more

  • ETUC statement in response to Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention

    ETUC statement in response to Turkey's withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention

    The European Trade Union Confederation condemns the decision of the President of Turkey to pull his country out of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention) and considers it a devastating signal to women and girls in Turkey and across the world. The ETUC urges the Turkish Government to reconsider this action and to reaffirm its international commitment to protect the human rights of women and girls and all (...) Read more

  • Withdrawal from Istanbul Convention must have consequences

    Withdrawal from Istanbul Convention must have consequences

    [Berlin, 22 March 2021] The National Council of German Women’s Organizations (Deutscher Frauenrat, DF) condemns Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention and demands consequences for German and EU-Turkish relations. At today’s Council meeting, the EU Foreign Ministers will discuss the current developments together with the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell.
    The Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence (...) Read more

  • Soroptimists in Europe says NO to Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention

    Soroptimists in Europe says NO to Turkey's withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention

    [Brussels, 22 March 2021] As the President of Soroptimist International of Europe, the 33,000 network of professional women, I say a strong NO to the Turkish government annulling the ratified Istanbul Convention. Human rights are women’s rights, violations of any kind should always be adamantly opposed and punished.
    Women’s rights groups in Turkey and around world are raising their voices against the presidential decree withdrawing from the Convention. The women of Turkey will no longer be (...) Read more

  • The State does not recognise women’s right to a life without violence!

    The State does not recognise women's right to a life without violence!

    There is no single day that women are not murdered; no single day that we are not subjected to violence! While we have been expecting the state to take steps for preventing these murders and violence and punishing the murderers, the decision to withdraw from Istanbul Convention, published in the Official Gazette in midnight on March 19, 2021 torments our lives. By its decision to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention, Turkey’s state government announces that it is giving up protecting women (...) Read more

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