Statements podium These Statements lay out the EWL position on topical matters.

  • Sport and Prostitution: Enough is Enough! (June 2010)

    It is World Cup time once again, and already the media attention devoted to the competition and its surroundings has been huge, including regarding how to entertain male fans and athletes outside of the stadiums. Estimates have circulated about how many brothels were being set up near stadiums, how many prostitutes were ’mobilised’ within the host country or coming/being brought in for the event, exactly how many condoms were being stockpiled and distributed, etc. For the European Women’s (...) Read more

  • The Spanish Presidency of the EU and Male Violence against Women (June 2010)

    When Spain took over the rotating Presidency of the European Union (EU) on 1 January 2010, expectations were high for progress in terms of European action for women’s rights. The government of José-Luis Zapatero put gender equality high on the national agenda, and its promise to do likewise in Brussels was warmly welcomed by the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) and its thousands of member organisations from across Europe.
    The Spanish Presidency chose to tackle the promotion of gender equality in (...) Read more

  • Barroso II and Women’s Rights (June 2010)

    On the occasion of International Women’s Day earlier this year, European Commission President Jose-Manuel Barroso announced with great fanfare a ‘Women’s Charter’, a political document reiterating the strong commitment of his new Commission to promoting women’s rights and making gender equality a reality for all women and men living in the EU. Simultaneously, Mr. Barroso presented the European Commission’s proposal for the ten year ‘Europe 2020’ strategy, perhaps the most important framework (...) Read more

  • EWL Statement of Concern on Sexism and Stereotyping of Women in Danish Advertising (April 2010)

    The European Women’s Lobby, the largest umbrella organisations of women’s associations in the European Union, notes with great concern the prevalence of sexism and stereotyped images of women in Danish advertising and calls on the Danish Ombudsman for Commerce to take immediate and effective action to implement European legislation guaranteeing women’s rights and gender equality.
    The European Women’s Lobby (EWL), representing more than 2500 women’s organisations from 30 European countries, has (...) Read more

  • EWL 12 Priorities for the Belgian Presidency of the EU (April 2010)

    On 01 July 2010, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) will pass from Spain to Belgium. The European Women’s Lobby (EWL), with more than 2500 member organisations the largest association of women’s organisations in the EU, calls on the Belgian Presidency to continue to be a driving force for women’s rights in Europe and, in particular, to ensure the consistent and effective implementation of European Union legislation guaranteeing equality between women and men, including as (...) Read more

  • Contribution to the Advisory Committee on Equal Opportunities Working Group on Women and the Media (April 2010)

    The EWL in April 2010 submitted a first Contribution to the Working Group on Women and Media of the European Commission Advisory Committee on Equal Opportunities between Women and Men. With input from the EWL Working Group on Women and the Media and the full EWL membership, this Contribution responds to the following questions:
    1. How can we define stereotypical roles in media communications and in which way theses ‘clichés’ have their influence on women in their professional as well as (...) Read more

  • EWL speaks on social integration of ethnic minority women at the EP (April 2010)

    Amandine Bach, Policy Officer at the EWL Secretariat, and Virginia Wangare Greiner, chair of the European Network of Migrant Women, spoke at a European Parliament Hearing on ’Social integration of women belonging to ethnic minority groups’, that took place in Brussels on 7 April 2010.
    See the full EWL presentation here and the full ENoMW presentation here. Read more

  • European Women’s Caucus Statement (March 2010)

    54th session of the Commission on the Status of Women
    The 4th World Conference on Women produced the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA), a comprehensive women’s human rights paradigm that envisioned the transformation of power relations. This was a global vision of social justice, equality, development and peace. Fifteen years later, the BPfA would seem to be considered by governments a technical instrument, and its substance has been depoliticised and diluted. The key (...) Read more

  • Joint Factsheet on Women and Migration (February 2010)

    The European Women’s Lobby and the European Network of Migrant Women drafted jointly with the Research center METICES of the Free University of Brussels and the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) a factsheet on women and migration. The purpose of this fact sheet is to raise awareness among members of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) on the impact of migration policies on migrant women and the need to integrate a gender perspective in migration, integration and asylum policies. (...) Read more

  • Empowering Women in Peace and Conflict (January 2010)

    Statement delivered by EWL Secretary General, Myria Vassiliadou, in Brussels.
    The EWL has had the privilege of working very closely with Vice?President Wallström as part of our 50/50
    campaign on equality between women and men in decision making, signed by over 300 high ranking political
    figures from across Europe – including the Vice President of Spain Teresa Fernandez de la Vegas who is here with
    us today. We have directly witnessed the Commissioner’s passion and commitment to women’s (...) Read more


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