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  • Women’s Rights Associations in Portugal

    Women's Rights Associations in Portugal

    Portugal is one of the few countries that has had, since 1988, specific legislation addressing the rights of Women’s Associations. This is a clear statement on the historical importance of these associations in the Portuguese backdrop. The centrality of women’s associations was also recognized at the Beijing + 25 world celebrations and the subsequent Generation Equality Forum, a context that has propelled the Portuguese Platform for Women’s Rights’s (PpDM) study on the financial sustainability (...) Read more

  • In memory of Marie Paule Grossetête, Co-President of La CLEF, from Osez le Féminisme!

    In memory of Marie Paule Grossetête, Co-President of La CLEF, from Osez le Féminisme!

    It is with sadness that we have learned that we lost another feminist at EWL. We were shocked to hear of the accidental death of Marie-Paule Grossetête, co-president of the Coordination Française pour le Lobby Européen des Femmes (CLEF), EWL’s National Coordination in France. Marie-Paule was a tireless, passionate feminist and a role model for the younger generation to whom she remained close. Marie-Paule recently illustrated her commitment by co-leading the Feminist Collective for the (...) Read more

  • Remembering Emma Ritch: EWL mourns the death of EWL’s former Board Member who passed away last Friday, 09 July 2021

    Remembering Emma Ritch: EWL mourns the death of EWL's former Board Member who passed away last Friday, 09 July 2021

    [Photo by Beth Chalmers]
    It was with great sadness that we learned that Emma Ritch passed away suddenly last Friday 9 July. Emma was Engender’s Executive Director and member of the EWL Board from 2018 to 2021.
    Having learned of this sad news, the European Women’s Lobby extends our deepest condolences to Emma’s family and to the colleagues at Engender. As we mourn this great loss in the feminist movement, we honour and celebrate the life of Emma and the many lives she has touched.
    Over a (...) Read more

  • Joint statement of the Hungarian Women’s Lobby, NANE Association (Women for Women Against Violence) and Patent Association’s (Association of People Opposing Patriarchy) on the new law adopted on 15.06.2021, colloquially known as the “Homophobic Law”

    Joint statement of the Hungarian Women's Lobby, NANE Association (Women for Women Against Violence) and Patent Association's (Association of People Opposing Patriarchy) on the new law adopted on 15.06.2021, colloquially known as the “Homophobic Law”

    [15 June 2021] Our organisations were pleased to learn that the government seems to be giving special attention to prosecuting the perpetrators of child sexual abuse. We can only welcome this. However, the bill itself (T/16365) adopted today is seriously flawed:
    To call sexual violence against children paedophilia is misleading.
    Framing the issue using the concept of paedophilia gives the misleading impression that sexual abuse against children is the result of a mental disorder or (...) Read more

  • Caring for who cares and caring for who is cared for: Recommendations for public policies - for a Care Pact

     Caring for who cares and caring for who is cared for: Recommendations for public policies - for a Care Pact

    [Porto, 6 May 2021] On the eve of the Porto Social Summit, the high moment of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, paving the way for the next decade to meet the challenges of the present and the future, the Portuguese Platform for Women’s Rights (PpDM), the national coordination of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL), is making public the Recommendations resulting from the initiative “Valuing the work of care as an engine of societies: recommendations for the present (...) Read more

  • Her Future Is Equal: an update from Malta Women’s Lobby

    Her Future Is Equal: an update from Malta Women's Lobby

    Read an update of the current experience of our Maltese members working on the way toward more equal laws concerning prostitution. This is done in collaboration with European Women’s Lobby and Malta Women’s Lobby as part of the Brussels’ Call campaign Her Future Is Equal, for a Europe free from prostitution.
    Maltese Government has been advocating for and working on decriminalisation of prostitution. As a women’s rights organisation, we are aware and recognise that if such laws are implemented, (...) Read more

  • My Body, My Choice?

    My Body, My Choice?

    On November 25, the Czech Women´s Lobby, in cooperation with Slovo 21 and SIMI (Association for Integration and Migration), organised an online debate on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The debate, entitled My Body, My Decision, focused on reproductive rights of Roma and migrant women in our country. Deciding on one´s own body seems to be a natural thing. In spite of that, in the light of events in Poland, we can see that this does not (...) Read more

  • There are Plenty of Capable Women in Our Society

    There are Plenty of Capable Women in Our Society

    This article was originally published on Lossi 36.
    For International Women’s Day, Owen Howells interviewed Hana Stelzerová – Director of the Czech Women’s Lobby (CWL) to discover her views on the situation for women in the Czech Republic, her inspiration for pursuing her career, and her perspectives on women’s roles in the Covid-19 crisis.
    Can you, in your own words, briefly outline what the Czech Women’s Lobby is and what it does.
    The Czech Women’s Lobby is a network consisting of 37 (...) Read more

  • The Irish Observatory on Violence Against Women and Girls’ letter to Taoiseach Martin

    The Irish Observatory on Violence Against Women and Girls' letter to Taoiseach Martin

    Dear Taoiseach Martin,
    Re: Turkeys Withdrawal from the Council of Europe Convention Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence
    The Irish Observatory on Violence Against Women and Girls condemns the decision of the President of Turkey to pull his country out of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention) and considers it a devastating signal to women and girls in Turkey and across (...) Read more

  • IWRA condemns Turkey’s decision to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention

    IWRA condemns Turkey's decision to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention

    The Icelandic Women’s Rights Association condemns Turkey’s decision to withdraw from the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention.
    Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention is not only an attack on women, but also on LGBTQ+ people, minority groups and people in a vulnerable position. Turkey’s actions set back and prevent the progress to full equality, not only within their borders but in (...) 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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