Statements

Statements podium These Statements lay out the EWL position on topical matters.

  • Emergency Motions presented to and adopted by EWL General Assembly 2012

    The EWL General Assembly on 13 May adopted three Emergency Motions.
    EWL condemns detention of “Pussy Riot” activists by Russian authorities
    The European Women’s Lobby condemns the detention of Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samucevich by the Russian authorities for allegedly performing a protest song in a cathedral as part of a feminist punk group ‘Pussy Riot’. The three young women have been charged with "hooliganism", have been remanded in jail, facing up to 7 years (...) Read more

  • Manifesto - Women’s Socio Economic Rights and Gender Equality from a life-cycle perspective (May 2012)

    Presented at the EWL Annual Conference, Budapest, 11 May 2012
    We, members of the European Women’s Lobby, reaffirm that a sustainable future for the European Union and the world is possible only if all women, men, girls and boys are free to contribute equally to society regardless of where they are situated in the ‘circle of life’. We affirm that gender relations strongly impact the entire life cycle from birth to old age, influencing access to resources and opportunities and shaping life (...) Read more

  • EWL and partners call on EU Member States and European Commission to safeguard family life of migrants and refugees

    EWL and partners call on EU Member States and European Commission to safeguard family life of migrants and refugees

    [Brussels, 15 May 2010] Today, on the International Day of Families, we, the undersigned organisations, call on the European Commission and EU Member States to guarantee the effective right to family life and family reunification for all migrants and beneficiaries of international protection. It is in the interest of Member States to harmonize practices and legislation in the field of family reunification. We remind that Member States have the obligation to properly implement the EU Family (...) Read more

  • EWL Priorities for the Danish Presidency of the European Union, January-June 2012

    EWL Priorities for the Danish Presidency of the European Union, January-June 2012

    [Brussels, November 2011] On 01 January 2012, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) will pass from Poland to Denmark. The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) is the largest association of women’s organisations in Europe with more than 2000 member organisations. The EWL calls on the Danish Presidency to be a driving force for women’s rights in Europe despite the current financial, economic and social crisis. Both at the European and the national level, we witness how the crisis is (...) Read more

  • Safeguarding the highest standards for health professionals in the EU

    Safeguarding the highest standards for health professionals in the EU

    [Brussels, 30 September 2011] “Health Professionals’ education must not be compromised in name of the Single Market”, states the EWL in a Joint Statement issued on 30 September 2011 with the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), the European Patients’ Forum and the European Consumers’ Organisation (BEUC) in the context of the public consultation on the Green Paper on Modernising the Professional Qualifications Directive, adjacent to the Single Market Reform (for more information see: (...) Read more

  • European Women’s Lobby’s Statement Concerning EU Legislation for the Equal Representation of Women and Men on Corporate Boards (July 2011)

    European Women's Lobby's Statement Concerning EU Legislation for the Equal Representation of Women and Men on Corporate Boards (July 2011)

    Executive Summary
    The promotion of the equal representation of women and men in decision-making has been at the core of the European Women’s Lobby’s work since its creation in 1990. This work includes in particular the EWL 50/50 Campaign for Democracy launched in 2008 and focusing on the European elections of 2009 and subsequent allocation of EU ‘Top Jobs’. For the EWL, parity in decision-making is an issue of democratic representation and of social progress at EU and national levels, in (...) Read more

  • European Women’s Lobby, WIDE and CONCORD Statement on European Union funding programmes for the financial period 2014-2020 (July 2011)

    European Women's Lobby, WIDE and CONCORD Statement on European Union funding programmes for the financial period 2014-2020 (July 2011)

    The European Women’s Lobby (EWL), WIDE Network, and the Gender Working Group of CONCORD – the European Confederation of Relief and Development NGOs, call on European and national policy-makers to ensure that EU funding programmes for the 2014-2020 financial period will provide the framework and sufficient financial resources to strengthen the EU commitment to promote women’s rights and gender equality in all areas of its internal and external policies. This paper complements the joint (...) Read more

  • European Women’s Lobby, WIDE and CONCORD Statement - Towards a gender responsive, accountable and participatory post-2013 EU Multi-Annual Financial Framework and EU financing instruments (May 2011)

    European Women's Lobby, WIDE and CONCORD Statement - Towards a gender responsive, accountable and participatory post-2013 EU Multi-Annual Financial Framework and EU financing instruments (May 2011)

    The European Women’s Lobby (EWL), WIDE Network, and the Gender Working Group of CONCORD – the European confederation of Relief and Development NGOs, call on European and national policy-makers to integrate a women’s rights and gender equality perspective in the forthcoming decisions about the scope, priorities, and financing of the post-2013 EU multi-annual financial framework (MFF). A gender-responsive MFF that takes into account the differential impact of budgetary decisions on women and (...) Read more

  • European Women’s Lobby Priorities for the Polish Presidency of the European Union

    European Women's Lobby Priorities for the Polish Presidency of the European Union

    On 01 July 2011, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) will pass from Hungary to Poland. The European Women’s Lobby (EWL), with more than 2500 member organisations the largest association of women’s organisations in the EU, calls on the Polish Presidency to continue to be a driving force for women’s rights in Europe and, in particular, to ensure progress in the adoption of gender-related legislation which is currently on the table, to ensure the full integration of a women’s (...) Read more

  • Joint ENoMW-EWL Statement on the occasion of the international day of families

    Family Reunification is central to the well-being of migrant women and to the successful integration of their families
    Since its formation in 2007, the European Network of Migrant Women (ENoMW) has worked to draw attention to the importance of family reunification policies for migrant women – both for their well-being and for the integration chances of their families as a whole. The practice of tying residence permits and rights to the fortunes of a primary migrant reinforces gender (...) Read more

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