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  • Improving gender equality and women’s representation in politics

    [Brussels, April 2022] Since the end of 2021, the European Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) has been working on a legislative initiative report (INL) on reforming the EU Electoral Law. The text will be voted in Plenary at the beginning of May. The European Women’s Lobby believes this presents a significant opportunity to improve women’s political representation ahead of the 2024 European elections and has called on the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to include (...) Read more

  • The EWL demands active gender mainstreaming in climate policies after the COP26 and ahead of the CSW66

    The EWL demands active gender mainstreaming in climate policies after the COP26 and ahead of the CSW66

    [Brussels, February 2022] Ahead of the 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the European Women’s Lobby has prepared a statement with its key demands to address gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes.
    The CSW66 will take place on 14 to 25 March in New York, in an unprecedented context as the world faces a growing urgency to tackle climate change challenges (...) Read more

  • European Women’s Lobby calls for peace in Ukraine

    European Women's Lobby calls for peace in Ukraine

    [Brussels, 4 March 2022] Following a webinar held on 3 March with the National Council of Women of Ukraine, the European Women’s Lobby endorsed its Statement calling on EU leaders and the international community to include women at every stage of the processes to strive for peace in Ukraine.
    To this end, it calls on the EU to set up immediately an inter-institutional task force and include women’s civil society to ensure that the voices on the ground are heard, consulted and shape current (...) Read more

  • Shaping Social Europe for Women’s rights in 2022

    Shaping Social Europe for Women's rights in 2022

    [Brussels, 13 January 2022] As we end another challenging year and despite continuous strain on women and girls in the COVID context, there are however some things to celebrate as we begin 2022, especially the development and shaping of a better Social Europe for women’s rights.
    Many policy developments in this area have a direct impact on women and girls’ rights. In 2022, we want to go further and call for a Care Deal for Europe and more robust measures to close the gender pay gap that (...) Read more

  • A Call to Deliver a Just Transition to a Social and Sustainable Europe

    A Call to Deliver a Just Transition to a Social and Sustainable Europe

    We, [the undersigned organisations, movements, networks, and political parties->https://alliancejusttransition.eu: Underline the depth, seriousness and acute nature of the ongoing climate and environmental emergency, of the social, health, and economic crises, of rising inequality and poverty, of persisting forms of discrimination based on ethnicity, gender, disability, age and other grounds, and of increasing precariousness of work and inadequate working conditions in Europe and the rest (...) Read more

  • International Safe Abortion Day: A call for full access to abortion for all women in the EU

    International Safe Abortion Day: A call for full access to abortion for all women in the EU

    “Prohibiting abortion pushes it underground and gives rise to unsafe abortions, violating the rights to life, health and bodily autonomy.” EWL joint statement at the 36th Human Rights Council Session (2017)
    [Brussels, 28 September 2021] On the occasion of the International Safe Abortion Day, EWL reiterates its call to make safe abortion legally and practically accessible to all women and girls in Europe.
    While we’ve been globally witnessing several significant legal achievements in Ireland (...) Read more

  • EWL at the Generation Equality Forum in Paris: shaping the way forward for equality

     EWL at the Generation Equality Forum in Paris: shaping the way forward for equality

    From 30 June to 2 July 2021, the governments of France and Mexico together with UN Women organised the Generation Equality Forum, a global event to mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing declaration and platform for action.
    The Generation Equality Forum (GEF) - initially foreseen for 2020, but unfortunately disrupted by the pandemic - has been a high moment of commitments towards enhancing equality between women and men, in particular through the six Action Coalitions gathering CSOs, (...) Read more

  • Ahead of Istanbul Convention 10th anniversary, women CSOs sound the alarm on women’s rights rollback in Europe

    Ahead of Istanbul Convention 10th anniversary, women CSOs sound the alarm on women's rights rollback in Europe

    Condemning Turkey’s recent decision and Poland’s announced intention to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention, in a new report the European Women’s Lobby calls attention to the Treaty’s crucial role in protecting women and girls from male violence. Simply put: the Istanbul Convention saves women’s lives.
    [Brussels, 14 April 2021] To mark the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, the European women’s Lobby (...) Read more

  • UN CSW65 2021, the challenge of working online and reaching consensus on women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life - Agreed Conclusions

    UN CSW65 2021, the challenge of working online and reaching consensus on women's full and effective participation and decision-making in public life - Agreed Conclusions

    The annual two-week UN Commission on the Status of Women, took place from 15-26 March 2021, in unprecedented circumstances as it was online and was a challenge for all involved. The theme of CSW65 was Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.
    The CSW brings together women activists from all over the world, women’s civil society organisations, (...) Read more

  • Pay transparency directive – a milestone in closing the gender pay gap?

    Pay transparency directive – a milestone in closing the gender pay gap?

    [Brussels, 19 March 2021] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) welcomes the recently adopted legislative proposal on pay transparency by the European Commission, which has been long overdue. While there are many positive measures in the proposal including a definition of ‘work of equal value’, the EWL regrets that mandatory reporting on the gender pay gap only concerns companies with 250 workers, which excludes many sectors where women work, particularly in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (...) Read more

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EWL event "Progress towards a Europe free from all forms of male violence" to mark the 10th aniversary of the Istanbul Convention, 12 May 2021.

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