Press Releases

  • EWL calls on new woman President of the EP Metsola for ambitious women’s rights measures

    EWL calls on new woman President of the EP Metsola for ambitious women's rights measures

    [Brussels, 18 January 2022] Following Roberta Metsola’s election as the new President of the European Parliament, the European Women’s Lobby calls on President Metsola to champion ambitious measures to advance women’s rights in the EU and to advocate for significant achievements on equality between women and men, including on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights.
    A woman heading the institution representing EU citizens is a significant opportunity not only to ensure women’s rights are high (...) Read more

  • Sexist and misogynist hate speech and hate crime have no place in the EU

    Brussels, 9 December 2021
    The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) welcomes the European Commission’s proposal to add hate speech and hate crime, including those committed against women and girls, to the list of Eurocrimes in Article 83 (1) of the TFEU.
    The initiative by the European Commission comes as the first of a series of proposals to combat violence against women and girls. Indeed, sexist hate speech and hate crime against women and girls are part of the continuum of male violence, and (...) Read more

  • PRESS RELEASE: Dr Özlem Türeci, BioNTech’s chief medical officer, wins Woman of Europe Award

    PRESS RELEASE: Dr Özlem Türeci, BioNTech's chief medical officer, wins Woman of Europe Award

    [Brussels, 1 December 2021] In the ceremony held this evening, Prof. Özlem Türeci was awarded a Woman of Europe Award in the Woman in Business category. Also Angela Merkel, Jenny Rasche, and Greta Thunberg won in the Woman in Power, Action, and Youth Activism categories respectively. The award ceremony, the sixth annual Women of Europe Awards, was organised digitally by the European Movement International and the European Women’s Lobby.
    According to the jury, representing extraordinary women (...) Read more

  • PRESS RELEASE | Women of Europe Awards 2021: Shortlisted Candidates & Jury Announced

    PRESS RELEASE | Women of Europe Awards 2021: Shortlisted Candidates & Jury Announced

    [Brussels, 05 November 2021] The European Movement International and the European Women’s Lobby are proud to announce the jury and shortlisted nominees of the 6th annual Women of Europe Awards 2021, taking place 1 December 2021, 16:00-17:00 CET. The ceremony will be produced and streamed online with the cooperation of Euronews, our media partner, and can be viewed live here.
    This year’s distinguished jury consists of female leaders from all walks of life across Europe, including Eva Maydell (...) Read more

  • ECJ Decision on the Istanbul Convention: a missed opportunity

    ECJ Decision on the Istanbul Convention: a missed opportunity

    [Brussels, 6 October 2021] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) regrets the absence of a clear direction in the opinion by the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) on the EU’s accession to the Istanbul Convention and renews its call to the European Commission for a strong Directive to prevent and combat all forms of violence against women and girls.
    Today, the ECJ published its long awaited responses to the European Parliament’s inquiries on the EU’s accession to the Istanbul Convention, (...) Read more

  • The European Parliament calls to step up the fight against violence

     The European Parliament calls to step up the fight against violence

    The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) welcomes the European Parliament’s historic milestone in the fight against violence against women and girls in Europe.
    By voting in favor of a Report recommending to the Commission to include gender-based violence among EU crimes in Article 83(1) TFEU (2021/2035(INL)) with an absolute majority and 427 Votes in favour, the European Parliament sent a progressive signal that the European Commission cannot ignore. This report is indeed a very important step (...) Read more

  • Stop feminization of poverty

    Statement from the Emergency Motions Committee, the Swedish Women’s Lobby and 28 other EWL organizations
    Women’s economic independence is a right in itself but also a precondition to realizing women’s human rights in all other areas. It is also a vaccine against exploitation of women’s bodies and men’s violence against women. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated inequalities and the unfair distribution of resources and wealth; particularly between women and men. Especially concerning is the increase of (...) Read more

  • The European Women’s Lobby’s response to the EU Summit on Belarus: EU must ensure justice and democracy for Belarus women

    [Brussels, 20 August 2020] Following the [EU summit video conference->https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/european-council/2020/08/19 of yesterday, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) welcomes the EU leadership support to the Belarus peoples’ right to determine their own future and calls for immediate investigations and sanctions of women’s rights violations. The EWL also calls on them to ensure that women, like opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and those leading peaceful (...) Read more

  • European Women’s Lobby rejects any attempt to backtrack on women’s and girls safety in Poland

    European Women's Lobby rejects any attempt to backtrack on women's and girls safety in Poland

    [Brussels, 28 July 2020] The European Women’s Lobby is deeply concerned and appalled by the recent initiatives in Poland considering withdrawal from the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention.
    “This Convention is an essential stepping stone in establishing legally binding standards for the elimination of violence against women and girls. It is the most comprehensive instrument we have in (...) Read more

  • European Women’s Lobby’s reaction to the launch of the European Commission “A Union of Equality: Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025” 5 March 2020

    European Women's Lobby's reaction to the launch of the European Commission “A Union of Equality: Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025” 5 March 2020

    Brussels, 5 March 2020 - Ahead of International Women’s Day, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) welcomes the Strategy on Gender Equality presented today by the European Commission as its key political framework for promoting equality between men and women in the EU. EWL shares the European Commission’s conclusions on the serious threats to the rights of women and girls in Europe: women and girls make up more than half the population of the EU but still face systemic discrimination, (...) 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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