[Brussels, 30 October 2014] The European Women’s Lobby is back from two refreshing days of activism at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. In 48 hours, the EWL staff met with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), EIGE representatives and Strasbourg-based feminist organisations, trained women MEPs to become spokespersons for women’s rights and demonstrated to keep the maternity leave directive high on the political agenda!
On 20 and 21 October, 9 staff members of the European Women’s Lobby Secretariat went to Strasbourg for two exciting days of activism during the European Parliament plenary session.
The plenary session was the perfect opportunity for the EWL to meet with committed MEPs to women’s rights and gender equality. Very fruitful group meetings were organised with MEPs from the Greens/EFA, the Socialists & Democrats (S&D), the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE).
Monday 20 October - Feminist Meet & Greet - La Station - Centre LGBTI
Our Feminist Meet and Greet was joined by many Strasbourg-based organisations working on women’s and LGBTI’s rights. Mine Günbay, city councillor on women’s rights, was also there to testify about the dynamism of women’s rights movements in Strasbourg. The European Women’s Lobby thank all the participants of this successful gathering and really look forward to meeting them again in the future!
Mine Günbay (Strasbourg City Councillor on women’s rights), Joanna Maycock (EWL Secretary General) and David Cupina (La Station President)
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Malin Björk (MEP), Monika Vana (MEP), Mine Günbay (Strasbourg City Councillor on women’s rights)
Tuesday 21 October - Breakfast Training on Women’s Rights and Gender "Equality
The breakfast training marked the starting point of the innovative EWL project "Young women leaders are voices for women & girls". It was attended by 7 committed and dynamic women Members of the European Parliament and 4 assistants from 4 of the main political groups.
More information about the breakfast training is available here.
Tuesday 21 October - Demonstration - #DeliverNow the Maternity Leave Directive!
Calling on the EU institutions to #DeliverNow, the EWL was joined by a cross party group of 27 MEPs and women’s rights organisations, such as Osez le Féminisme 67 and Initiativ Liewensufank; adding their support to the many voices of frustration, determination and resilience through the megaphone.
More information about the demonstration is available here.
Tuesday 21 October - Info session on Beijing + 20 organised by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)
The EWL took part to the information session organised by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE). Key messages from our Beijing +20 report "1995-2015: from words to actions" were delivered to a panel of representatives from EU institutions, EIGE and international organisations.
More pictures are available on our Flickr account!
#EWLontheroad for a Feminist Europe!