Actions EWL this month and the next

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The European Women’s Lobby in Strasbourg – 20-21st October

8 staff members of the European Women’s Lobby are going to Strasbourg on 20th and 21st October during the plenary session of the European Parliament. We foresee two very exciting days of activities to give visibility to the work of the EWL and to recall to the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) the importance of keeping women’s rights and gender equality high on the political agenda. The EWL hopes to create contacts with new MEPs, especially the one who are not members of the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee, to ensure that a gender perspective is applied in every aspect of EU policies.
The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE – the EU agency which deals with gender equality and women’s rights) is also organising a set of events on the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action. It will be an occasion to present the new EWL report on Beijing +20 and to strengthen our links with them.

 Feminist meet & greet, Monday 20th October from 20:00, La Station-Centre LGBTI

The EWL is organising an informal evening reception in the city centre of Strasbourg. We invited Strasbourg-based women’s organisations, MEPs and representatives of international organisations (Council of Europe and UN Women). Our objective is to present our work to feminist activities based in Strasbourg, as well as to learn about their work and to meet new MEPs! f you wish Representatives of women’s organisations, friendly MEPs and representatives of the Council of Europe and UN Women are welcome.

Breakfast training on women’s rights and gender equality, Tuesday 21st October, 08:00 – 08:45

This very first breakfast training is part of the 2014 project “Young women leaders are voices for girls & women”, which has been funded through the crowd-funding platform Catapult.org. Through this innovative programme, we are developing training modules on leadership and women’s rights, which we will deliver to the women newly or re-elected to the European Parliament. The following topics will be addressed:

– Short session on what the EU and the European Parliament can do for women’s right

– Working with non-governmental organisations

– Practical tools to implement gender mainstreaming at EU level

Celebration of the 4th anniversary of the Maternity Leave Directive – Demonstration in front of the European Parliament – Tuesday 21st October, 14:00 – 15:00

On 20th October 2010, the European Parliament has adopted its first position on the proposal of the new Maternity Leave Directive. Since then, the proposal is blocked at Council of the EU level. You can find more information about the EWL campaign “4 years overdue” on our website:http://www.womenlobby.org/get-involved/ewl-campaigns-actions/2-years-overdue/?lang=en

In order to celebrate the 4th anniversary of the adoption of the Maternity Leave Directive by the European Parliament, the EWL is organising a gathering/demonstration in front of the European Parliament on 21st October. The EWL hopes to gain a cross-party support. The objective is also to build on the momentum created by our recent actions, such as the joint letter we published with the European Trade Union Confederation (http://www.womenlobby.org/news/ewl-news/article/european-trade-union-confederation?la) and the photo booth we organised three weeks ago (http://www.womenlobby.org/news/ewl-news/article/cross-party-support-for-maternity?lang=en).

 Ad hoc meetings with Members of the European Parliament

Joanna and other staff members of EWL will also have bilateral meetings with MEPs from S&D, the Greens, GUE/NGL and possibly ALDE political groups. This meetings will be the occasion to present our work and priorities, but also, ways of cooperating during the new parliamentary term.

New engagement strategy for the European Parliament and other EU institutions

In the coming weeks, the EWL will also develop a new engagement strategy to consolidate the EWL’s links with the European Parliament and other European Union institutions (mainly European Commission and Council of the European Union). This new plan will provide the staff and the EWL’s members with concrete actions to implement in the following months.

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