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Thursday, August 10, 2017
Paper on Women’s Political Parties in Europe
This paper considers the emergence of women’s parties, their nature, and development in a comparative framework. Using an original dataset derived from European electoral commissions, statistical offices, national libraries, media archives, party records, and interviews of experts from the...
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Regional conference for Central and Eastern Europe: Making laws work to end violence against women and girls
As part of its programme to support parliaments in addressing all forms of violence against women, the Inter-Parliamentary Union is organizing jointly with the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, along with Global Rights for Women and Vital Voices, a Regional Conference for Central and Eastern Europe on...
Friday, December 16, 2016
ExCHANGE - Activists across the Atlantic cracking the glass ceiling
From November 30 to December 2 leading activists in the field of women in politics from Europe and the US came together to jointly strategise around how we can get more women into elected office. With the rise of right-wing populism on both sides of the Atlantic as a momentous back-drop, the...
Friday, December 16, 2016
When the going gets tough, the tough #getcracking
We are sharing the annual message from the Secretary General of the European Women’s Lobby, Joanna Maycock. Dear EWL Friends and Family, Let me begin by stating the obvious…This has been one hell of a year.  From Brexit, to the US elections, to the heartbreaking suffering of refugees, this year has...
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
The Glass Ceiling
By Kristalina Georgieva, Vice-President of the European Union Commission for the European Union Budget and Human Resources   Theresa May and Angela Merkel got there first, but like many in Europe, I was moved when Hillary Clinton stood up and pronounced the "glass ceiling" finally shattered with...
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Report on Gender Mainstreaming in the work of the European Parliament
Gender mainstreaming has been embraced internationally as a strategy towards realizing gender equality. Gender mainstreaming has a double dimension: it requires both integrating a gender perspective to the content of the different policies, and addressing the issue of representation of women and...
Friday, May 20, 2016
Handbook on European non-discrimination law
2010 marked the 60th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights, which sets out a general prohibition on discrimination in its Article 14, and the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the two fundamental texts in the fight against discrimination at EU level – the Racial Equality and...
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
European Enlargement and Women's Rights
The European Women’s Lobby task force for Central European, Baltic and Balkan States, together with Kvinna Till Kvinna’s Western Balkans Group, organized on the past 25 April in Brussels, a joint meeting to discuss the challenges for women’s rights involved in the EU’s Enlargement to the East. Laws...
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Report on Equality between Women and Men 2015
Equality between women and men is one of the EU’s fundamental values and its promotion is an obligation enshrined in the Treaty. To fulfil this obligation, the European Commission adopted the 2010-2015 Strategy for equality between women and men as a coherent framework to guide its action over a...
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
European Commission's Strategic engagement for gender equality 2016-2019
Promoting gender equality is a core activity for the EU: equality between women and men is a fundamental EU value, an EU objective and a driver for economic growth. The Union shall aim to promote equality between men and women in all its activities. This document presents the 2016-19 EU's strategy...
Friday, April 08, 2016
EWL Webinar 'Women and the Environment: What's the link?'
As part of its Year of Action on Beijing+20, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) held its first webinar on the issue of women and the environment, to celebrate World Environment Day in June. Five inspiring presenters were invited to bring different perspectives in the links between women and the...
Friday, April 08, 2016
European Women's Lobby joins Women Refugee Commission to raise awareness on the situation of women refugees
The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) and the Women Refugee Commission (WRC) have decided to work together to raise awareness on the situation of women and girls in Europe fleeing conflict. European and national policies are gender blind to the reality faced by women and girls on the road, especially...
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Lara Comi MEP Italy has a message: YOU can also be in politics
Lara has always inspired other people. This is her message to everyone out there who wants to get involved in politics to bring about change. You can also become a Member of the European Parliament (MEP).
Friday, October 09, 2015
Angela Merkel: The Most Powerful Woman in the World?
German Chancellor, Angela Merkel (Hamburg, 1954) is sometimes considered as the most powerful women in the world. Leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 2000 and German Chancellor for the last ten years, this doctor in physical chemistry is the first woman to occupy both posts. She...
Minister for Justice and Equality-Frances Fitzgerald
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Is not having children the price women pay for political success?
There are many advocates for gender quotas to help women advance in politics - including front-bench politicians like Frances Fitzgerald. But sometimes events overtake arguments, and the astonishing rise of Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, may be an example of a woman who has become a...
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Comic & Cartoon Competition - Gender Equality: Picture It!
UN Women together with the European Commission, the Belgian Development Cooperation, and UNRIC is organizing a Comic and Cartoon Competition on Gender Equality. Show us what comes to your mind when you reflect on women's rights and empowerment and on the relationship between women and men. Get...
Joanna Maycock
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Joanna Maycock
talks to Malgorzata Bratkrajc, iKnow Politics writer volunteer, about her successful career in development sector, the reasons behind joining European Women’s Lobby, and the challenges lying ahead of the association in the years to come. Find out more about European Women’s Lobby on their website:...
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Make It Happen-International Women's day 2015
Why is it important for women to be active in Politics? Eleonora Palmero answers (Italy)