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  • UNFPA Statement for the International Day of the Midwife

    UNFPA Statement for the International Day of the Midwife

    [Brussels, 5 May 2014] The International Day of the Midwife is celebrated on 5 May. Joint statement by Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, UNFPA, The United Nations Population Fund and Frances Day-Stirk, President, International Confederation of Midwives.
    UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.
    Find the statement (...) Read more

  • #NoHateEP2014 for a genuinely respectful campaign

    #NoHateEP2014 for a genuinely respectful campaign

    The European Network Against Racism and International Lesbian and Gay Association-Europe have joined forces in campaign initiatives between LGBTI and anti-racist organisations ahead of the European election 2014.
    A video (with subtitles in 12 languages) explains the choice given to Emma, an EU voter, in the May elections. The video has already been viewed more than 50,000 times! The video comes with an engaging infographic in 12 languages encouraging voters to pick candidates who support (...) Read more

  • VoteWatch - MEPs from ’old’ Member States are the most active; German MEPs secure key co-decision files

    VoteWatch - MEPs from 'old' Member States are the most active; German MEPs secure key co-decision files

    [Press release from VoteWatch, Brussels, 6 May 2014] Members of the European Parliament from the 15 ’old’ EU Member States have been more active, on average, than their colleagues from the 13 ’new’ countries, according to a VoteWatch Europe analysis of the 2009-2014 European Parliament term which was published today. In particular they have been more successful in obtaining rapporteurships, enhancing their ability to influence EU legislation.
    The research also shows that MEPs from small (...) Read more

  • When we stand together we become one Voice - ILGA Europe Campaign

    When we stand together we become one Voice - ILGA Europe Campaign

    [ILGA-Europe News, Brussels, 9 May 2014] In two weeks’ time, all of us in the European Union are asked to vote for the next European Parliament. Check out our Come Out and Vote video with help from prominent celebrities, politicians and LGBTI activists...watch who it is here!
    These elections are hugely important. These elections will determine our capacity to achieve further progress on LGBTI rights over the next five years in the EU. There is so much more to do to get legal protection (...) Read more

  • Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict - London 10-13 June 2014

    Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict - London 10-13 June 2014

    [Brussels, 6 May 2014] Sexual violence in conflict destroys lives and traps survivors in poverty and insecurity. The Foreign Secretary and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, will co-chair the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on 10-13 June 2014 at ExCel London. It will be the largest gathering ever brought together on this subject, with a view to creating irreversible momentum against sexual violence in conflict and practical action that (...) Read more

  • Belgique : nouvelle campagne pour informer sur le droit à l’avortement

    Belgique : nouvelle campagne pour informer sur le droit à l'avortement

    [Bruxelles, 6 Mai 2014] La Fédération des Centres de Planning familial des Femmes Prévoyantes Socialistes (fps) vient de lancer le site internet www.jeveuxavorter.be , pour rendre visible les informations sur l’avortement pour le public et pour les professionnel-le-s.
    En Belgique, l’avortement est partiellement dépénalisé grâce à la loi du 3 avril 1990. Cela a permis aux femmes qui souhaitent interrompre leur grossesse de faire ce choix dans de bonnes conditions, sans devenir hors-la-loi, ni mettre (...) Read more

  • Social Platform: "Adequate minimum income benefits social as well as economic goals"

    Social Platform: "Adequate minimum income benefits social as well as economic goals"

    [Press release from the Social Platform, Athens, 30 April 2014] Since 2009, the number of people living in poverty and social exclusion has increased by 10 million in the EU, amounting now to over 124 million, or one in four people.
    Against this background, the Ministers for Employment and Social Affairs are meeting today at the informal EPSCO in Athens, to discuss among others "Economic recovery and social policies: the role of minimum income schemes". Addressing the ministers at this (...) Read more

  • EU Fundamental Rights Agency: "Combating hate crime: Encouraging reporting and improving recording"

    EU Fundamental Rights Agency: "Combating hate crime: Encouraging reporting and improving recording"

    [FRA Press Release, Thessaloniki/Vienna, 28 April 2014] Hate crime does not just harm individual victims, but entire communities, affecting our societies in all their diversity. Research by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has consistently found that members of ethnic and religious groups, national minorities, migrants, LGBT people or those with disabilities are faced with prejudice on an everyday basis. The overwhelming majority of victims are, however, reluctant to (...) Read more

  • European elections 2014: Committed to Promoting Solidarity between Generations

    European elections 2014: Committed to Promoting Solidarity between Generations

    [Joint Press release from AGE Platform Europe and MEP candidates from major European political parties, Brussels, 28 April 2014] AGE Platform Europe and MEP candidates from major European political parties take the opportunity of the European Day of Solidarity between Generations to commit to promoting greater solidarity and cooperation between generations during the next European Parliament’s mandate.
    According to the Eurostat 2012, in the European Union, the percentage of the population (...) Read more

  • Religious campaign to halt EU abortion funding ’lacks mercy’

    Religious campaign to halt EU abortion funding 'lacks mercy'

    [Article of Liz Ford, published in The Guardian, Stockholm, 28 April 2014] A religious-backed initiative to prevent EU aid money being spent on programmes that support abortion lacks compassion for women, the head of the International Planned Parenthood Federation has said.
    Tewodros Melesse said the One of Us campaign, launched with the backing of the Catholic church, failed to prioritise women’s rights and judged women for taking control of their bodies. "A woman doesn’t have an abortion (...) Read more

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