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  • The European Women’s Lobby’s response to the EU Summit on Belarus: EU must ensure justice and democracy for Belarus women

    [Brussels, 20 August 2020] Following the EU summit video conference of yesterday, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) welcomes the EU leadership support to the Belarus peoples’ right to determine their own future and calls for immediate investigations and sanctions of women’s rights violations. The EWL also calls on them to ensure that women, like opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and those leading peaceful demonstrations, are invited to head the transition towards democracy. This must go (...) Read more

  • European Women’s Lobby rejects any attempt to backtrack on women’s and girls safety in Poland

    European Women's Lobby rejects any attempt to backtrack on women's and girls safety in Poland

    [Brussels, 28 July 2020] The European Women’s Lobby is deeply concerned and appalled by the recent initiatives in Poland considering withdrawal from the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention.
    “This Convention is an essential stepping stone in establishing legally binding standards for the elimination of violence against women and girls. It is the most comprehensive instrument we have in (...) Read more

  • European Women’s Lobby’s reaction to the launch of the European Commission “A Union of Equality: Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025” 5 March 2020

    European Women's Lobby's reaction to the launch of the European Commission “A Union of Equality: Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025” 5 March 2020

    Brussels, 5 March 2020 - Ahead of International Women’s Day, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) welcomes the Strategy on Gender Equality presented today by the European Commission as its key political framework for promoting equality between men and women in the EU. EWL shares the European Commission’s conclusions on the serious threats to the rights of women and girls in Europe: women and girls make up more than half the population of the EU but still face systemic discrimination, (...) Read more

  • International leaders come together for a Europe free from prostitution

    International leaders come together for a Europe free from prostitution

    For immediate release
    European Women’s Lobby 22 October 2019 — Brussels, Belgium
    The sex trade cannot go unchallenged. We will work to ensure the next generations are supported to live a life free of abuse, violence and exploitation”
    Hundreds come to Brussels demanding action be taken to tackle prostitution across Europe
    Five years since the European Parliament recognised prostitution as a form of violence against women; activists, policy makers and survivors of prostitution call for (...) Read more

  • G7 Summit: Our call to world leaders

    G7 Summit: Our call to world leaders

    The European Women’s Lobby joins ONE Campaign and other organisations working on gender equality and human rights in this open letter addressed to the world leaders gathered for the G7 Summit in Biarritz. We call them to take actions for gender equality, including through ambitious financial, policy and legislative commitments.
    [Brussels, 26 August 2019]
    Dear leaders,
    Four years ago, the world came together to adopt the most ambitious goals humanity has ever set, the Global Goals, set to (...) Read more

  • EWL position on Ursula von der Leyen’s Election

    EWL position on Ursula von der Leyen's Election

    The European Union finally enters the 21st century as first ever woman President of the European Commission is elected “It is crucial this significant moment marks a turning point for progress towards the Europe we want” European Women’s Lobby calls for renewed commitment to equality at all levels following promises of parity leadership
    [Brussels, July 2019] For the first time in European history, a woman – Ursula von der Leyen – was elected as the President of the European Commission on 16 (...) Read more

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