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  • Six month suspended jail sentence and a fine for ‘sugar daddy’ dating billboards

    Six month suspended jail sentence and a fine for ‘sugar daddy' dating billboards

    [Brussels, 20 May 2019] In September 2017 controversial billboards appeared in Brussels. Touring the areas near the Free University campus, they encouraged female students to subscribe to the dating website RichMeetsBeautiful to “improve their lifestyle” or “have a zero euro student loan by dating a sugar daddy”, showing a picture of a young women in lingerie sliding her bra strap down.
    The Dutch Council of Women of Belgium, among others, immediately protested these adverts. The storm of (...) Read more

  • One year post Repeal in Ireland

    One year post Repeal in Ireland

    [Dublin 16 May 2019] Under the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution abortion was banned in almost all circumstances. One year ago, on the 25th May 2018, the Irish people voted by a landslide to remove the 8th. The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) was one of the three organisations, alongside the Coalition to Repeal the 8th Amendment and the Abortion Rights Campaign, which formed ‘Together for Yes’, the national civil society ‘Yes’ campaign. Women’s rights are always hard fought, (...) Read more

  • Orla O’Connor from the National Women’s Council of Ireland named in TIME 100 list of influential people

    Orla O'Connor from the National Women's Council of Ireland named in TIME 100 list of influential people

    [Brussels, 2 May 2019]
    We are delighted to announce that our colleague Orla O’Connor from the National Women’s Council of Ireland, together with Grainne Griffin, a founding member of the Abortion Rights Campaign and Ailbhe Smyth, Convenor of the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, have been named in TIME magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in 2019 in recognition of their work for the Together for Yes campaign in the Irish referendum on reproductive rights.
    The (...) Read more

  • Deutscher Frauenrat statement on the WLB directive

    Deutscher Frauenrat statement on the WLB directive

    Deutscher Frauenrat (National Council of German Women’s Organizations), our member from Germany , together with Federation of Trade Unions, the Men’s Forum and two other German associations of family organisations released a public statement on the now agreed upon Work Life Balance Directive.
    They argue that the new directive brings progress on a EU-wide level but nothing new for the advancement of Work Life Balance and gender equality policies in Germany.
    For further information, please (...) Read more

  • WILPF calls for a peaceful feminist Europe

    WILPF calls for a peaceful feminist Europe

    [Brussels, 13-14 April 2019] On the weekend of 13 and 14 April, one month ahead of the upcoming European elections, members from all Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) sections in Europe, from East-West-North-South, from EU and non-EU countries, met in Brussels to discuss growing right-wing discourses, splitting societies, fostering exclusion and pushing for anti-democratic developments.
    Guided by their feminist analysis of root causes of conflicts, the participants (...) Read more

  • Social Platform’s General Assembly of 4 April 2019

    Social Platform's General Assembly of 4 April 2019

    [Brussels, 4 April 2019] Social Platform unites 49 networks of civil society organisations, including EWL, working with and for some of the most marginalised groups in society. At their General Assembly on 4 April, members elected a new Management Committee more committed than ever to continue advancing a strong vision of Europe that leaves no one behind.
    With a diverse membership, one of the things that brings Social Platform together is the confidence in the power of solidarity, civic (...) Read more

  • Ireland: Ratification of the Istanbul Convention marks a momentous International Women’s Day

    Ireland: Ratification of the Istanbul Convention marks a momentous International Women's Day

    [Dublin, 8 March 2019. Press release by NCWI - the National Women’s Council of Ireland] NWCI today welcomed the International Women’s Day ratification of the Istanbul Convention, after a long campaign by women’s groups and organisations working to end violence against women.
    Orla O’Connor, Director of NWCI said,
    “This International Women’s Day is a landmark day for women in Ireland, with the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women, or (...) Read more

  • The abolitionist law strengthened, the way open to its full application

    The abolitionist law strengthened, the way open to its full application

    [Paris, 1 February, 2019] Herstory is made! Our members in France Coordination française pour le Lobby Européen des Femmes with feminist groups Mouvement du Nid France and Osez le féminisme ! react to the decision of the French Constitutional Court this morning which upholds the French #EndDemand law on prostitution of 2016 as constitutional! The law decriminalises those affected by the prostitution system and prohibits the purchase of sexual acts. It also ensures there are funded exit & (...) Read more

  • The EWL mobilises across Europe to end violence against women and girls

    The EWL mobilises across Europe to end violence against women and girls

    [Brussels, 10 December 2018] From the 25th of November, the International day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to today 10th of December, International Human Rights Day, the European Women’s Lobby and our members got mobilised across Europe calling to end violence against women and girls. Find below several examples of our actions and events during the 16 days of activism to end violence against women and girls.
    Belgium In Belgium, in the context of the Orange the World (...) Read more

  • Turkish Parliament is preparing itself for ’A Male Dominated Period’ again!

    Turkish Parliament is preparing itself for 'A Male Dominated Period' again!

    [Istanbul, 22 June 2018, Press Release by EWL Turkish members KA.DER] Only a few days to the June 24 elections, when the complete candidate lists submitted to the Supreme Election Council are observed, the most salient issue is that how ’tight’ the political parties are again regarding the representation of women. As a result of a male dominated political structure vision, of the 4200 candidates, only 931 of them are women; and only 5.4% of these 931 candidates are listed first. With (...) Read more

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