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  • EWL member appointed Vice President of UN Enable

    EWL member appointed Vice President of UN Enable

    EWL Board member/European Disability Forum Executive member Ana Pelaez, has been appointed Vice President of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities until 2012.
    Ana Peláez Narváez holds a Degree in Science of Education, a Degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Special Needs for People with Disabilities and PhD courses in quality of life.
    She is currently the Director of International Relations at the Spanish National Organisation of the Blind (ONCE), executive (...) Read more

  • EWL calls for amendments to ensure gender-sensitivity in Recast Qualifications Directive

    EWL calls for amendments to ensure gender-sensitivity in Recast Qualifications Directive

    EWL, Asylum Aid and ILGA Europe proposal for amendments on the Commission’s proposal for a Directive of the
    European Parliament and of the Council on minimum standards for the qualification and status of third country
    nationals or stateless persons as beneficiaries of the international protection and the content of the protection
    granted (recast).
    [Brussels, 15 September 2010] The EWL, in cooperation with the Asylum Aid and ILGA-Europe, has written to Jean Lambert, Green MEP and Rapporteur (...) Read more

  • EWL nominations to MEP Awards successful

    EWL nominations to MEP Awards successful

    The EWL is very pleased to report that three of its European Parliament nominees have won MEP Awards 2010, thus winning highly deserved recognition for their work promoting equality between women and men! Our congratulations go to the following winners:
    Outstanding achievement:
    Eva-Britt SVENSSON (European United Left - Nordic Green Left/ Sweden): Eva-Britt Svensson, since her election as chair of the FEMM committee as shown the strongest support for issues related to women’s rights and (...) Read more

  • EWL Secretary General Myria Vassiliadou calls for new approach to conflict and conflict resolution

    EWL Secretary General Myria Vassiliadou calls for new approach to conflict and conflict resolution

    The 10th anniversary celebration of the adoption of UN Resolution 1325 Ensuring Women’s Participation in Peace and Security in Brussels in September was a paradox: simultaneously a celebration and a critique.
    The event was opened by Baroness Catherine Ashton, whose role as EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs attracts a new level of confidence among women that a gender perspective will begin to be palpable. She said it was time to revisit the under-valued role of women in conflict and (...) Read more

  • First woman EU Special Representative

    First woman EU Special Representative

    [Brussels, 20 September 2010] The EWL has written a congratulatory letter to Dame Rosalind Marsden, who is the first ever female EU Special Representative out of the 11 EU Special Representatives. She will be in charge of Sudan. Please find more information here. Regarding the other EU ‘top jobs’, Commissioner Ashton released on 15 September the names of the 28 EU Ambassadors of the European External Action Service, out of whom only 6 are (...) Read more

  • WILPF Statement on the UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals

    WILPF Statement on the UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals

    WILPF Statement on the UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals
    20 September 2010
    With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders to attend a summit in New York on 20–22 September to accelerate progress towards the MDGs. The 2010 MDG Report, produced by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, notes that “unmet commitments, inadequate resources, lack of focus and (...) Read more

  • Reding to unveil plans to push gender equality

    Reding to unveil plans to push gender equality

    By Jennifer Rankin 16.09.2010 / 05:19 CET
    Commission wants more women back into work and close the pay gap.
    Viviane Reding, the European commissioner for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship, will on Tuesday (21 September) outline the European Commission’s ideas for getting more women into work and closing the pay gap, as she unveils a five-year strategy to promote gender equality.
    The 2010-15 plan will cover six areas: more and better-quality work for women; equal pay; women in (...) Read more

  • The GEAR Campaign Enthusiastically Welcomes the New Under-Secretary-General, Michelle Bachelet, Former Chilean President

    The GEAR Campaign Enthusiastically Welcomes the New Under-Secretary-General, Michelle Bachelet, Former Chilean President

    PRESS RELEASE
    (September 14, 2010) The Gender Equality Architecture Reform (GEAR) Campaign is thrilled that the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon has chosen Michelle Bachelet as the new Under-Secretary-General (USG) of UN Women. This appointment is essential to the effectiveness of the new entity and the campaign is pleased that the UN SG has selected a qualified and strong leader for this high level UN position that will envision and work for the future of women’s rights and (...) Read more

  • European Parliament adopts report on social integration of ethnic minority women

    European Parliament adopts report on social integration of ethnic minority women

    The European Parliament adopted on 07.09.2010 the report drafted by Dr Antonyia Parvanova, on the Social integration of women belonging to ethnic minority groups to which EWL had contributed. Within the overall context of the role of integration policies at EU level, the report pays particular attention to the conditions and background factors affecting the process of social integration of women from ethnic minority groups with a specific focus on to access to education, healthcare, long (...) Read more

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