European Political Mentoring Network

Mentoring for Change ahead of the 2014 European elections

The EWL European Political Mentoring Network aims to empower women from ethnic minorities ahead of the May 2014 European elections and, ideally, to increase their representation in the European Parliament (EP). The Network addresses the lack of gender parity and ethnic diversity in political decision-making at European level. It was officially launched on 09 April 2013 at the EP in Brussels. The mentoring network is the first of its kind at European level and it is inspired by a political mentoring programme developed by our project partner KVINFO in Denmark.

From January 2013 to the European elections in May 2014, the EPMN will connect 11 women MEPs (the mentors) with 11 women from a migrant or ethnic minority background and different political parties, who are interested in running for the 2014 European elections (the mentees). The purpose is to better prepare the mentees to compete for the next European elections, by sharing advice and experiences during one-to-one meetings.

The EWL Mentoring Project was developed within the framework of the EWL 50/50 Campaign, which aims to improve the representation of women in the EU institutions and put issues related to women’s rights and gender equality high on the EU agenda.

Look out for news on the mentoring network
During the Programme, mentees and mentors will be invited to share their experience on a blog, in social media, in the EWL Newsletter, at conferences (e.g. EWL 50/50 Campaign for Parity Democracy events and a hearing at the European Parliament) and in a Web documentary.

With the financial support of the European Commission, supported [in part] by a grant from the Open Society Foundations and partnered by Kvinfo.

  • EWL hosts successful Roundtable event, ’More Than Lip Service’

    EWL hosts successful Roundtable event, 'More Than Lip Service'

    [Brussels, 11 July 2013] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) would like to inform you about the successful Roundtable event held on the 10th of July at the European Parliament under the title "More than Lip Service? Practicing Gender Parity and Diversity in the EU Institutions", with the aim of discussing the tools that can be used to move to more concrete actions to promote gender parity in the decision-making sphere of the EU. At the same time, the official launch of the 50/50 Campaign “No (...) Read more

  • EWL European Political Mentoring Network

    EWL European Political Mentoring Network

    Karima Zahi joined the European Women’s Lobby as Policy Officer and Project Coordinator in March 2013. Karima coordinates the Mentoring Network Project and works on gender equality, anti-discrimination, immigration and integration of migrant women. This week, we launched the European Political Mentoring Network. This is Karima’s account of the week.
    (Brussels, 12 April 2013) The European Women’s Lobby officially launched its European Political Mentoring Network on 09 April in Brussels. The (...) Read more

  • Deadline extension: Mentees have untill the 17.02.2013 to express interest to join EWL Mentoring Network!

    Deadline extension: Mentees have untill the 17.02.2013 to express interest to join EWL Mentoring Network!

    [Brussels, 15 February 2013] Interested in running for the European Parliament Elections in May 2014? Not sure yet about running but convinced you would like to play an active role in the campaign? We have just extended the deadline to express interest to join the EWL’s European Political Mentoring Network for women of foreign origin or ethnic minority background! Mentees have now till the 17 February 2013 to sign up in EWL database and fill in the application form.
    Starting February 2013 (...) Read more

  • EWL launches Political Mentoring Network ahead of 2014 European Elections

    EWL launches Political Mentoring Network ahead of 2014 European Elections

    [Brussels, 21 December 2012] Interested in running for the European Parliament Elections in May 2014? Join the EWL’s European Political Mentoring Network for women of foreign origin or ethnic minority background!
    Starting February 2013 until the European Elections in May 2014, the European Women’s Lobby will coordinate a Political Mentoring Network connecting 8 to 12 women Members of the European Parliament from different political parties and countries with 8 to 12 women of foreign origin (...) Read more

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