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  • 16 Days of Activism

    16 Days of Activism

    EWL members and partners joined forces with NGOs and women’s organisations around the world to mark the 16 days of activism to end violence against women and girls.
    [Brussels, 15 December 2020] Male violence against women and girls is a long-term systemic issue across the world. It is the most pervasive violation of women’s human rights that has life-long implications for women’s physical and mental health. There can be no peace and security while women fear for their safety in their homes, (...) Read more

  • The EWL welcomes the adoption of the 7-year EU budget and the promotion of women’s rights

    The EWL welcomes the adoption of the 7-year EU budget and the promotion of women's rights

    [Brussels, 17 December 2020] Last night, the European Parliament formally rubberstamped the political agreement reached with the European Council on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027, including the EU’s €750 billion recovery instrument Next Generation EU. The EWL welcomes this long awaited decision after more than two years of negotiations amidst the increasing challenges to women’s rights by COVID-19 and across Europe.
    This is an important win for women and girls in many (...) Read more

  • Women of Europe Awards celebrate outstanding women leadership and solidarity across Europe

    Women of Europe Awards celebrate outstanding women leadership and solidarity across Europe

    Brussels, [02.12.20] PRESS RELEASE: In the ceremony held this evening, Sviatlana Tikhanovskaya was awarded the Woman of Europe Award in the Woman in Power category. The award ceremony, the fifth annual Women of Europe Awards, was organised digitally by the European Movement International and the European Women’s Lobby.
    See the full award ceremony here: https://bit.ly/33BhYAy.
    According to the jury, representing extraordinary women in their own right from politics, business, civil society (...) Read more

  • Rise up against violence!

    Rise up against violence!

    [Brussels, 25 November 2020] 25 November marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (VAW) and the start of the 16 days of activism to end VAW. On this occasion, EWL is calling on all to sign the Rise Up against violence petition supported by WeMove Europe. We are urging the EU and all European countries to make Europe a safe place for all women and girls.
    Why is this important?
    Male violence against women and girls is a long-term (...) Read more

  • A tribute to Marie-Claude Vayssade, former President of la CLEF

    A tribute to Marie-Claude Vayssade, former President of la CLEF

    It is with great sadness that EWL learned of the passing of Marie-Claude Vayssade on 11 November in France. Marie-Claude Vayssade was one of the first Presidents of la CLEF, EWL’s National Coordination in France, from 1994 to 2000, after having served as a member of the European Parliament from 1979 to 1994. Below we translate a tribute to Marie-Claude Vayssade written by Monique Dental, president of the Réseau Féministe «Ruptures», a member organisation of la CLEF.
    You can read the original in (...) Read more

  • EWL’s Statement ahead of CSW65

    EWL's Statement ahead of CSW65

    [Brussels, November 2020] Ahead of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the European Women’s Lobby has prepared a statement to address the situation of women’s rights in 2020.
    Read it in full here:
    CSW65 will take place in a particular context: due to the current pandemic, CSW64 had to be scaled down to a one-day meeting and CSW65 will probably mostly happen online. Therefore, it is more important than ever to ensure the full and concrete participation of women’s (...) Read more

  • EWL launches the Council of Europe’s Mobilise Against Sexism Campaign!

    [Brussels, 30 October 2020] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) has over the years taken the position that sexism reinforced by gender stereotypes is one of the factors that runs counter to achieving gender equality and the full recognition of women’s rights. The prevalence of sexism continues to suppress and oppress women and girls, whereby women and girls are subjected to all forms of violence to silence women and maintain them in a subordinate place. Male violence against women is clearly (...) Read more

  • Remembering Ana Vale: EWL mourns the passing away of its first President Ana Vale, who passed away on Saturday 26 September 2020

    It is with profound sadness that we learned of the passing of the European Women’s Lobby’s first President Ana Vale on Saturday 26 September 2020.
    “The women’s movement lost a visionary woman who made so much for equality between women and men in the EU and in Portugal. Rest in power Ana Vale. 💜 " Ana Sofia Fernandes, Vice-President of the European Women’s Lobby President of the Portuguese Platform for Women’s Rights
    Women’s organisations across Europe have joined in paying tribute to a visionary (...) Read more

  • Statement calling for support to keep Greek refugee camps open

    Today, 30 September 2020, the EWL has joined the following statement:
    Μore than 160 Greek and international organizations, academics and other actors from all over Europe urge the Greek authorities to revoke decision to close dignified alternatives in accommodating refugees οn Lesvos
    Athens, 30 September 2020 - We, the undersigned, call on the Minister of Migration and Asylum, Notis Mitarakis, and the local authorities of Lesvos to repeal their (...) Read more

  • 100+ Feminists across Europe come together for EWL’s 2020 General Assembly

    100+ Feminists across Europe come together for EWL's 2020 General Assembly

    [Brussels, 30 September 2020] On 8 September, EWL members and staff came together for EWL’s annual General Assembly meeting. Even though the meeting had to take place online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our General Assembly was full of ideas, exchanges and solidarity.
    Our annual General Assembly is an essential part of the democratic life of our network, bringing together delegates and observers from across EWL’s 48 full member organisations as well as a number of observers from our (...) Read more


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