Statements

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

  • Women, the Financial and Economic Crisis - the Urgency of a Gender Perspective (September 2009)

    The European Women’s Lobby (EWL), the largest coalition of women’s organisations in the European Union (EU), urges policy makers at all levels of decision making to recognise women’s role in shaping the post crisis framework which, one year after the collapse of the financial markets, continues to ignore the gender impact of the crisis on the real lives of women and men.
    The initial crisis and subsequent recovery plans at different levels – European, national and international (G20) – have (...) Read more

  • EWL Contribution: European Legislation on Gender Equality in Insurance Services (July 2009)

    Contribution on the implementation of Article 5 of Directive 2004/113 on gender equality in relation to goods and services prepared by the European Women’s Lobby, the AGE Platform and the Belgian consummers’ organisation Test-Achats/Test-Aankoop for the European Commission Forum on the implementation of this Article
    Directive 2004/113 lays down a framework for combating discrimination based on sex in the access to and supply of goods and services. Article 5 of the Directive, however, (...) Read more

  • Women’s NGOs call on the Council of Europe to move towards a strong instrument on Violence against Women (April 2009)

    The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) and the European Policy Action Centre on Violence against Women (EPAC VAW) welcome the start of the Ad Hoc Committee on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (CAHVIO).
    During the first meeting of the Committee (6-8 April), delegations of the 47 Council of Europe countries discussed the scope and content of the new Convention. As stated in the CAHVIO Synopsis of the meeting report , the EWL and EPAC VAW support that “the (...) Read more

  • EWL contributes to European Youth Forum Publication on ’Racism and its impact on Young People’ (2008)

    Amandine Bach contributed to the European Youth Forum Report 2008: ’Racism and its impact on young people: call for a renewed youth commitment’
    When analysing the situation of young women and men facing racism, it is essential to take into account that the discrimination they face is not only because of their ethnic background, their gender identity or their age. Instead, the discrimination comes from the interrelation of these axes of oppression. A 2008 Eurobarometer7 shows that (...) Read more

  • Contribution to EC consultation: Freedom, Security and Justice: What will be the future? (December 2008)

    The EWL responded to the European Commission Consultation paper on the future of the area of justice, freedom and security. The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) has been closely following many of the policy areas that had been included in the consultation on the future of the area of freedom, security and justice, including: fundamental rights, trafficking, violence against women, political participation, immigration and asylum policies. Given the limitation of the consultation format, EWL (...) Read more

  • Joint statement on the European Pact on Asylum and Immigration (November 2008)

    The EWL and other women’s organisations issued a joint statement on the European Pact on Asylum and Immigration that was sent to all Justice and Home Affairs Ministers in September 2008, at the time of final negotiations on the text of the pact.
    Dear President, and Ministers,
    As women’s organisations, feminists and migrant women’s and migrant organisations from across Europe, we would like to express our views regarding the European Pact on Migration and Asylum that will be adopted at the EU (...) Read more

  • EWL calls the European Commission to ensure a uniform protection for all grounds of discrimination (June 2008)

    The EWL welcomes the commitment of President Barroso in 2004 to initiate work on new legislation on the basis of Article 13 of EC Treaty to enlarge protection to all forms of discrimination. As the College of Commissioners will be discussing the coverage of a new anti-discrimination directive on 11th of June, EWL would like to remind the European Commission of its commitment and ask therefore the EC to ensure a uniform protection for all grounds of discrimination, including in relation to (...) Read more

  • EWL letter to President Barroso on the upcoming new anti-discrimination directive (15 June 2008)

    The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) welcomed President Barroso’s announcement that the European Commission will propose a single anti-discrimination directive offering protection from discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, religion/belief and sexual orientation in all areas of life since we strongly believe that there should be no hierarchy of rights between the different grounds of discrimination. The EWL stressed to President Barroso that a gender perspective should be mainstreamed, (...) Read more

  • Contribution from the European Women’s Lobby to the European Spring Council of 13-14 March 2008

    The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) wishes to highlight some of the discrepancies in the Lisbon Strategy as the core EU socio-economic political framework, and in so doing demonstrate that the EU’s falls short of its Treaty commitments to promote true equality between women and men.
    In light of the crucial importance of the Lisbon Strategy on Growth and Jobs as a generator of social well-being (Jobs and Social Inclusion) and economic competitiveness (Growth), there is an urgent need to first (...) Read more

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