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  • The EU’s economic recovery package must recognise women’s invaluable contribution to society

    The EU's economic recovery package must recognise women's invaluable contribution to society

    [Brussels, 22 May 2020] The European Commission President is expected to propose an EU Economic Recovery Package next Wednesday (27 May), in which women throughout Europe expect a strong signal in recognition of their invaluable contribution to the economy and to society. This is the essence of the petition #HalfOfIt initiated by Member of the European Parliament Alexandra Geese (Greens/EFA).
    Since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared in March, women across Europe are sustaining our (...) Read more

  • 4 reasons why the new Gender Equality Strategy (2020-2025) is key in responses to the COVID-19 crisis and its aftermath

     4 reasons why the new Gender Equality Strategy (2020-2025) is key in responses to the COVID-19 crisis and its aftermath

    [Brussels, 13 May 2020] - The current Covid-19 crisis has only made the need for coordinated EU action on women’s rights clearer to everyone. It is proof that inequalities between women and men are persistent and that unpaid and undervalued care – overwhelmingly provided by women – is the backbone of our societies.
    Women all across Europe need to see progress urgently. It is essential to finally put equality between women and men back at the heart of the EU project - it must drive our (...) Read more

  • The European Commission must act now to close the gender pay gap

    The European Commission must act now to close the gender pay gap

    [Brussels, 4 Mayl] One of the political guidelines of candidate for President Ursula von der Leyen was to table measures to introduce binding pay-transparency measures in the first 100 days of her mandate . The European Women’s Lobby welcomed this announcement to close the gender pay gap with great enthusiasm.
    The EWL joins the European Trade Union Confederation in calling on the European Commission and especially its President Ursula von der Leyen, to give a firm commitment to move ahead (...) Read more

  • CSW 2020: EWL meets UN Secretary General

    CSW 2020: EWL meets UN Secretary General

    [Brussels, 2 April 2020] UN Secretary General António Guterres confirms his commitment to women and girls’ rights and equality between women and men.
    The coronavirus – COVID-19 - had not yet swept across the world at the time when the EWL delegation, headed by Vice President Ana Sofia Fernandes with Mary Collins, EWL Senior Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, Alexandra Silva from the Portuguese Platform for Women’s Rights, EWL national coordination, and Hafi Karsdóttir, from EWL member (...) Read more

  • Commission on the Status of Women 64 cancellation : European Women’s Lobby participation

    Commission on the Status of Women 64 cancellation : European Women's Lobby participation

    [Brussels, 4 March 2020] On 2 March 2020, ahead of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the 64th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women was significantly sized down to a one-day procedural meeting with Member States’ New York-based representatives, in light of increasing global concerns of the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Although the political statement and multi-annual work programme will be approved at this (...) Read more

  • EWL members meet in Brussels for bi-annual EWL Board Meeting

    EWL members meet in Brussels for bi-annual EWL Board Meeting

    [Brussels, 18 February 2020] The Board of EWL recently gathered in Brussels for one its bi-annual meeting. It was a key moment for EWL’s Board, which includes 41 representatives from EWL’s National Coordinations and European-wide organisations, to discuss our collective work in 2020 and EWL’s next Strategic Framework.
    Taking place from 14 to 16 February 2020, Board members spent 2 days in Brussels together with the EWL Secretariat to strategise on our work for women and girls’ rights in (...) Read more

  • EWL’s President and Vice-Presidents meet Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli to discuss women’s rights in Europe and the upcoming EU strategy on equality between women and men.

    EWL's President and Vice-Presidents meet Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli to discuss women's rights in Europe and the upcoming EU strategy on equality between women and men.

    [Brussels, 7 February 2020] On 6 February 2020, a delegation of the European Women’s Lobby composed of EWL’s President Gwendoline Lefebvre and EWL’s Vice-Presidents Laura Albu and Ana Sofia Fernandes met with the new European Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli. The meeting was the opportunity for EWL’s representatives to welcome Commissioner Dalli in her new role and discuss how to jointly advance women’s rights in Europe, in particular through the upcoming EU Strategy on equality between (...) Read more

  • The European Women’s Lobby in solidarity with the Cyprus Women’s Lobby demand justice for the British young woman victim of sexual violence and rape

    The European Women's Lobby in solidarity with the Cyprus Women's Lobby demand justice for the British young woman victim of sexual violence and rape

    [Brussels, Nicosia, 15 January 2020] The European Women’s Lobby in solidarity with the Cyprus Women’s Lobby demand justice for victims of sexual violence and rape and call for adequate measures to protect victims of rape at all stages of investigations/according to the provisions of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention). Furthermore, the EWL recalls that all forms of violence against women including (...) Read more

  • EWL welcomes European Parliament resolution calling the EU to access the Istanbul Convention

    EWL welcomes European Parliament resolution calling the EU to access the Istanbul Convention

    [Brussels, 10 December 2019] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) warmly welcomes the adoption of the new European Parliament resolution calling for concrete EU action to end Violence against women and girls, including the EU accession to the Istanbul Convention. Voted on 28 November, four days after the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women,this resolution has been adopted by a large majority of the members of the European Parliament. This shows the extensive support (...) Read more

  • Loud and United to end Violence against women and girls 2019

    Loud and United to end Violence against women and girls 2019

    [Brussels, 10 December 2019] European Women’s Lobby members across Europe have raised their voice LOUD and UNITED during the 16 days of activism campaign to end violence against women and girls from 25 of November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence until the 10 December 2019, International day for Human Rights. Over this period, EWL member organisations have been calling for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention (including at EU level) and/or its adequate (...) Read more

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