Position Papers

Policy Papers judge s hammer The common positions of the EWL membership set the agenda and the EWL line for all our policy work.

  • EWL calls for the integration of a gender dimension in the proposed measures to implement the anti-discrimination clause (article 13 of the EC Treaty) (August 2000)

    In general terms, the European Women’s Lobby welcomes the proposed Community Action Programme to combat discrimination and directive establishing a general framework directive for equal treatment in employment and occupation. However, the EWL regrets that, despite its demands formulated several times , no clear gender dimension is integrated in the measures.
    Integrating a gender dimension in the general European Anti-discrimination strategy and taking into account the issue of double / (...) Read more

  • Motion on Prostitution and Trafficking (June 1998)

    Motion adopted at the 1998 General Assembly of the European Women’s Lobby.
    We state that:
    1. Prostitution and trafficking in women constitute a fundamental violation of women’s human rights.
    2. Prostitution and Trafficking in women should not be associated with the terms "forced" or "free".
    3. It should be recognised that "free choice" is a relative factor, situated at the intersection of economic, social, cultural and political options of women in a given society. Inequality severely (...) Read more


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