[Rome, 24 March 2017, report from Stephanie Thögersen, Swedish Women’s Lobby] The 2nd European meeting on the abolition of surrogacy took place in Italy on 23 March, one year after the first gathering in Paris, where a charter for the universal abolition of surrogacy motherhood has been unveiled and signed by several decision-makers. Stephanie Thogersen, from the Swedish Women’s Lobby, represented the EWL at this important event, which gathered experts, women’s organisations, and (...) Read more
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[New York, 15 March 2017] Amongst many side events related to the theme of CSW61, the European Commission decided to organise a high-level panel on "A year of focused actions to combat violence against women and girls", on 15 March, in the UN Headquarters. The EWL was invited to present its work and vision, and we were delighted to have Ana Sofia Fernandes, EWL Portuguese Board Member, Secretary-General of the Portuguese Platform for Women’s Rights, to represent us.
"On the occasion of the (...) Read more
[New York, 17 March 2017] During the first week of the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women #csw61, the Swedish Women’s Lobby was given the opportunity to speak during an intergovernmental session. While the space for women’s organisations to influence the member states is shrinking, we are delighted that our Swedish members could address the national delegates and share the concerns and demands of women’s organisations in Europe.
Oral statement for general discussion from (...) Read more
[Brussels, 8 March 2017] Make Europe a safe place for all women and girls! We are calling on you to urgently ratify and implement broadly the Council of Europe convention to fight violence against women. Women and girls across Europe want to live a life free from violence and fear. Act now to make sure that the European Union takes concrete action to protect all women and girls from violence and actively fights this pervasive human rights violation.
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[Brussels, 6 March 2017] Like every year, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) will take part to the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (13-24 March). EWL membership is very active during CSW61, organising side events and influencing the negotiations on the Conclusions which should be adopted by the UN member states at the end of the session.
Check @EuropeanWomen on Twitter to follow what’s happening at the moment at #CSW61
This year’s priority theme is "Women’s economic (...) Read more
[Brussels 11 March 2017] This year, the European Women’s Lobby rose again in solidarity with women’s organisations and activists committed to end all forms of violence against women and exploitation of women and girls, by joining the global One Billion Rising (OBR) campaign organised by V-Day on February 14.
OBR comes as a very timely advocacy action at EU level: the EU member states re-discussing the EU accession to the Istanbul Convention on violence against women (VAW); the European (...) Read more
[London, 13 March 2017, blog post by Abbie Osmond, NAWO Youth]. I don’t think I’ve ever felt more empowered than when I went to the Feminist Forum in Brussels on the 7th and 8th of March. The two days were full of events, debates, press conferences, cocktail receptions and flash mobs all for the cause to abolish prostitution in our lifetime. It was fantastic to hear that Ireland have recently adopted a law that has a similar approach to the Nordic model and it’s also exciting to hear that (...) Read more
[Brussels, 7 March 2017] This year’s celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March comes as a new opportunity for the European Union to take action against violence against women: The European Commission has declared 2017 the European Year of focused action to combat violence against women and girls.
A unique Coalition of more than 25 European-wide networks and NGOs dedicated to social justice and equality, the European Coalition to end violence against women and girls calls on the EU (...) Read more
[Brussels, 28 February 2017] As part of the celebration of Internatinal Women’s Day, the European Women’s Lobby has been invited to join several activities organised by the European political group GUE/NGL, in the framework of their Feminist Forum, from 6 to 9 March, in the European Parliament.
Entitled "Struggling for women’s rights to build the future", the Forum will bring together activists, women’s organisations, decision-makers experts, and propose analysis and alternatives to promote (...) Read more
[Brussels 28 February 2016] Ahead of the College of EU Commissioners meeting this Tuesday evening to discuss the Future of Europe and the 60th Anniversary of the Rome Treaty, European Civil Society Organisations and Trade Unions WWF, ETUC, CONCORD, European Movement International, European Women’s Lobby and European Youth Forum drafted a joint statement. The statement was sent to European Commission President Juncker and Vice-Presidents Timmermans, Ansip, Šefčovič, Dombrovskis, Katainen and (...) Read more