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  • Implementing Norms, Changing Minds: EWL meets with Women’s Organisations from the Western Balkans and Turkey

    Implementing Norms, Changing Minds: EWL meets with Women's Organisations from the Western Balkans and Turkey

    [Brussels, July 27 2018] From July 23rd-25th, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) met with over 20 representatives from civil society and grassroots organisations combatting violence against women and girls in Skopje, FYR Macedonia.
    Under the EWL collaboration with UN Women under the regional programme, Implementing Norms Changing Minds, the EWL organised a participatory meeting of women’s organisations from the Western Balkans and Turkey. Bringing together activists, lawyers, service providers (...) Read more

  • Tribute to June Jacobs

    Tribute to June Jacobs

    [Brussels, 26 July 2018] It is with immense sadness that the EWL announces the death of former Board and Executive member, June Jacobs. June was the President of the International Council of Jewish Women and a longstanding active member of EWL from 2002 to 2008, including Chair of the Membership Committee. In this role, June was very proud to have facilitated the membership of the Federation of Romani and Traveller Women. June was also Vice-Chair of the National Alliance of Women’s (...) Read more

  • OPEN MESSAGE to Heads of State and governments on Gender Equality in the future MFF proposal

    OPEN MESSAGE to Heads of State and governments on Gender Equality in the future MFF proposal

    [Brussels, 28 May 2018] In light of the forthcoming European Summit on 28-29 June, the European Women Lobby wish to raise its deep concern regarding the proposal for the future budget of the EU.
    READ THE OPEN MESSAGE HERE: Representing a total of more than 2000 organisations in all EU Member States and Candidate Countries, as well as 19 European-wide organisations representing the diversity of women and girls in Europe working to achieve gender equality in Europe and beyond, we are (...) Read more

  • European Women’s Forum 2018

    European Women's Forum 2018

    [Brussels, 21 June 2018] Last week we organised our second European Women’s Forum, a dynamic four-day feminist event organised by and for European Women’s Lobby members. Participants came together to celebrate the successes, hear inspiring stories from movement leaders, and participate in interactive awareness-raising actions. This year’s focus was on women (RE)shaping power!
    The Forum saw us launching our 50:50 Women For Europe, Europe for Women campaign to achieve equal representation of (...) Read more

  • Five emergency motions adopted by EWL’s General Assembly 2018

    Five emergency motions adopted by EWL's General Assembly 2018

    [Brussels, 21 June 2018] On 9 June 2018, EWL members adopted five Emergency Motions at our annual General Assembly. These motions, put forward to the General Assembly by National Coordinations or European Wide Members, call on EWL and its members to take actions and position on a number of issues that are of strong importance to women’s rights. We adopted five emergency motions different questions, including on childcare, anti-feminist extremism and populism, women and girls impacted by the (...) Read more

  • French feminist Gwendoline Lefebvre new President of the European Women’s Lobby

    French feminist Gwendoline Lefebvre new President of the European Women's Lobby

    [Brussels 20 June 2018] Last week Gwendoline Lefebvre was elected as our new President for the period 2018 to 2020, succeeding Edith Schratzberger-Vecsei from the Medical Women’s International Association. Lefebvre works in the private sector as a market research manager and holds a mandate as Deputy Mayor in the 9th district of the City Lyon in charge of equality between women and men, citizen’s rights and the fight against discrimination and people with a disability. She has been a Board (...) Read more

  • New President, Executive and Board for European Women’s Lobby

    New President, Executive and Board for European Women's Lobby

    [Brussels, 12 June 2018] From 8-10 June 2018, the European Women’s Lobby held its Annual General Assembly and Board meetings. It was an exciting few days in which we discussed how to progress in the implementation of our vision of a Feminist Europe. We reflected on the activities of the past year and were are once again reminded of the incredible breadth and depth of feminist activism in Europe today, in spite of the challenging backdrop of dramatic political change. We looked ahead to plan (...) Read more

  • European Women’s Lobby launches campaign to (RE)shape power in the European Union

    European Women's Lobby launches campaign to (RE)shape power in the European Union

    [Brussels, 8 June 2018] Yesterday, the European Women’s Lobby launched its campaign for the 2019 European Parliament elections. Even though achieving equality between women and men is an official goal of the European Union and enshrined in its Treaties as a fundamental principle, gender equality has not been realised and women are still seriously under-represented in power and decision-making.
    After the 2014 EU elections, only 37% of the MEPs were women and this number has since decreased. (...) Read more

  • OPEN LETTER Time for the EPSCO Council to adopt a position on the EU Work-Life Balance directive

    OPEN LETTER Time for the EPSCO Council to adopt a position on the EU Work-Life Balance directive

    [Brussels 20 June 2018] The European Women’s Lobby co-signed a letter to call on the Members States to approve the Work Life Balance directive tomorrow at the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council Meeting (EPSCO) and to work towards making a more social Europe a reality. The Directive on family related leave, among others, covers legislative measures on parental leave, paternity leave, carer’s leave (first time such a form of leave is introduced into European law) and (...) Read more

  • European Coalition to end Violence against Women: Joint Statement

    European Coalition to end Violence against Women: Joint Statement

    [Brussels 13th June 2018] On the first anniversary of the signature of the Istanbul Convention by the European Union (EU), the European Coalition to end Violence against Women and Girls releases a statement calling on the EU and all member states to urgently ratify and implement the Istanbul Convention.
    The European Coalition to End Violence against Women and Girls is an extensive strategic alliance of more than 25 cross-European human rights and social justice civil society organisations (...) Read more

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