Monitoring women in politics

  • EWL urges European parties to stand up for parity democracy

    EWL urges European parties to stand up for parity democracy

    [Brussels, 22 November 2013] In the crucial phase before the European elections in May 2014, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) urged this week the European parties to support our 50/50 Campaign, by signing the Joint Declarationand encouraging their party members to do so.
    While national party leaders do have a crucial role in setting up the candidate lists and thereby determine the number of women, the European parties can not only raise awareness for this cause, but also influence decisions (...) Read more

  • Parity Democracy Launch: “Beyond the Brussels Bubble”

    Parity Democracy Launch: “Beyond the Brussels Bubble”

    [Brussels, 27 September] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) and Parity Democracy campaign national partners were joined by MEP’s, the European Commission and an esteemed audience to launch the next phase of the 50/50 campaign and the Parity Democracy campaign, for greater women’s political representation and participation.
    The next phase, alongside ParityDemocracy.eu partners from Cyprus, Romania, Lithuania and the Czech Republic reaches “Beyond the Brussels Bubble” - to member states, (...) Read more

  • New Website for 50/50 Campaign!

    New Website for 50/50 Campaign!

    [Brussels, 6 August 2013] The European Women’s Lobby is pleased to launch a new website for the 50/50 Campaign!
    The new website www.paritydemocracy.eu, will include all the news and action you can get involved in leading up to the European Parliamentary election in 2014.
    Search through the news, find out what is happening with our national partners - from Cyprus to Hungary - and read the experiences of women running for European Parliamentary elections as part of the European Political (...) Read more

  • "Europe Back on Top with 50/50"

    "Europe Back on Top with 50/50"

    [Brussels, 7 March 2013] Yesterday, the European Women’s Lobby and the 50/50 Campaign Core Group of MEP’s, were joined by keynote speaker Olli Rehn, Vice President of the European Commission, and other high-level panellists for a full event to discuss gender parity in EU institutions, titled “Europe Back on Top with 50/50.”
    The event - aimed to bring parliamentarians, advisers and activists together – was introduced by Campaign Core Group members Sirpa Pietikänen MEP and Franziska Brantner MEP, (...) Read more

  • 50/50 Campaign Core Group to Hold High Level Event as Campaign Gains Momentum

    50/50 Campaign Core Group to Hold High Level Event as Campaign Gains Momentum

    [Brussels, 1 March 2013] On Wednesday 6 March the 50/50 Campaign coalition will host an event, with key note speaker Olli Rehn - Vice-President of the European Commission - to discuss and highlight the need for gender parity within all EU institutions.
    The theme for the discussion is, "Europe back on top with 50/50"
    The event will provide an opportunity for MEP’s, Commissioners, NGO’s and party leaders to come together and hear practical experiences about the challenges, opportunities and (...) Read more

  • 50/50 CAMPAIGN: NO MODERN EUROPEAN DEMOCRACY WITHOUT GENDER EQUALITY!

    50/50 CAMPAIGN: NO MODERN EUROPEAN DEMOCRACY WITHOUT GENDER EQUALITY!

    [Brussels, 01 March 2013] Following the success of the 50/50 campaign ahead of the European elections in 2009, which was endorsed by more than 300 prominent personalities across Europe including MEPs, EU Commissioners, Heads of States, National Ministers and collected a wide level of support from individuals and organisations, the European Women’s Lobby and a cross-party alliance of MEPs committed themselves to put gender parity on the European agenda ahead of the 2014 European Parliamentary (...) Read more

  • Sign the Joint Declaration: “No Modern Democracy without Gender Equality”!

    Sign the Joint Declaration: “No Modern Democracy without Gender Equality”!

    [Brussels, 15 November 2013] Equal representation of women and men in public decision-making is a fundamental right. The under-representation of women constitutes a serious democratic deficit, which undermines the legitimacy of the contemporary democratic ideal and the European Union. A modern and genuine democracy requires gender equality.
    The 50/50 Coalition aims to achieve gender balance in all European institutions for the 2014 European Elections. Therefore, the European Women’s Lobby (...) Read more

  • More than 50 MEPs sign 50/50 Declaration for gender balance in European decision-making

    More than 50 MEPs sign 50/50 Declaration for gender balance in European decision-making

    [Brussels, 22 November 2012] Yesterday, more than 50 Members of the European Parliament from five political groups and from all over the EU signed the 50/50 Declaration, calling on Member States, European political parties and the European Institutions to take action in order to achieve gender balance in European decision making.
    “NO MODERN EUROPEAN DEMOCRACY WITHOUT GENDER EQUALITY”
    In 2014, Europeans will elect a new European Parliament. Will we reach parity among the MEPs? A new European (...) Read more

  • EWL and MEPs join forces to increase representation of women in next European legislature

    EWL and MEPs join forces to increase representation of women in next European legislature

    [Brussels, 25 September 2012] Members of the European Parliament alliance for women in decision-making last week reaffirmed their commitment to the EWL’s 50/50 Campaign for Democracy and called on their MEP colleagues to join the coalition ahead of the 2014 European Elections. At their second meeting this year, the members of the cross-party alliance also agreed on further actions to make parity democracy a reality in the context of the upcoming European Parliament Elections and related (...) Read more

  • EWL’s key recommendations backed up by the European Parliament

    EWL's key recommendations backed up by the European Parliament

    [Brussels, 16 March 2012] European Parliament backs many key recommendations of the EWL in two resolutions on women’s rights and gender equality adopted on 13 March. The EWL welcomes the strong commitment of the MEPs for real equality between women and men. Member States and European Commission must realise that the time for good will and declarations is over: It is time for action!
    Equality between women and men in the European Union - 2011
    Parliament’s annual report on the state of gender (...) Read more

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