[Brussels, 16 December 2016] After BREXIT, we at the European Women’s Lobby were devastated. This is not the Europe we want, and we think it is not the kind of Europe most people in Britain want either.
In August, we met with our British members to discuss the way forward, how to unite in fighting for the Europe we do want: based on well-being, equality, social justice.A society in which women’s contribution to all aspects of life is recognized, rewarded and celebrated - in leadership, in care and in production; all women have freedom of choice, and freedom from exploitation; and no woman has been left behind.
The purpose of the meeting was to build a shared understanding amongst women’s organisations looking at how BREXIT has altered the landscape for women’s rights and for organisations working for women and girls in the UK as well as those who work internationally. We came together to pool information and create a common action plan.
Zarin Hainsworth, Chair of UK NGO CSW Alliance hosted the meeting. This Alliance brings together those organisations across the UK who work domestically or internationally to implement the Beijing Platform for Action and who use United Nations processes such as the Commission on the Status of Women.