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Women’s Voices on the Ground

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European Women’s Lobby (EWL) in dialogue with the National Council of Women of Ukraine

EWL webinar, 3 March 2022 from 9.30 to 12.00 CET

Registration by 2nd of March:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1RvjJuhhO_6aUs-XP5UXQMSYWSCNL7WibYihtdoHPT5E/edit

The National Council of Women in Ukraine, member of ECICW (European Centre of the International Council of Women), sounded the alarm bell on rising tensions as tens of thousands of Russian troops gathered at the borders of Ukraine, despite announced withdrawal. Women and girls have suffered severely under the ongoing war and fear a new outburst of violence, which to the detriment of all, became a reality in February 2022. 

EWL wishes to stand with her sisters in Ukraine. Today more than ever: Peace is our human right and claim. We wish to  listen to their voices and invite them to describe the situation of women and girls, to lead a discussion together on what pressure we can exert on our governments, the EU institutions and the international community involving the women’s movement, in the context of the existing peace agreements and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda (UNSCR 1325).

Since 2014, the armed conflict in Ukraine led to 13.000 deaths and 31.000 wounded. With a focus on this armed conflict, the needs and rights of women and girls have been marginalised, causing greater inequalities. Women are overwhelmingly taking responsibility for the continuity of civil life. The new militarisation multiplies the experience of intergenerational violence against women. In many parliaments, the issue is under discussion and was also on the agenda at the European summit (25th of May). The situation of women and girls must be taken more seriously. 

In 2021, the EWL General Assembly adopted a motion which called for support to the National Council of Women if Ukraine.  

The adopted motion called for a number of actions, notably, an invitation to the National Council of Women of Ukraine to inform EWL members about the situation of women and girls in Ukraine and to discuss concrete actions that EWL members can take to support peace and conflict resolution. This webinar is being organised in this context. 

Given the current situation in Ukraine, the webinar aimed essentially at the EWL members and their members will focus on advocacy actions that can be taken collectively to alert EU political decision-makers but only in consultation with women of Ukraine.

Join the GWI Young Members Network in celebrating International Women’s Day

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On 8 March 2021, Graduate Women International (GWI) will join the international community in celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD), a day for world citizens to shine a spotlight on gender equity issues.
This years’ theme “Women in leadership: achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world” marks the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
To celebrate women and the limitless potential of young women, the GWI Young Member Network (YMN) will kick off a webinar series, “Connecting Across Generations” on 6 March 2021, 4-5pm CET.The purpose of these webinars is for GWI multigenerational members to get to know each other better and to learn from each other’s life experiences and knowledge.
“Join us on the first event with the celebrations of International Women’s Day. Let’s unite to have a great ‘Intergenerational Connection’ and start celebrating the achievements of our Global GWI Network”, said Sudha Srivastava, GWI YMN President.
Our UWE GWI members are invited to register HERE by 5 March.

EWL webinar on Women and Armed Conflicts – September 21, the International Day of Peace

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European Women’s Lobby is hosting a webinar on Women and Armed Conflict on Monday, 21st September, the International Day of Peace, 3pm-4pm (Brussels time).

The webinar “Mobilising for a Feminist Approach to Peace and Security” is part  of activities during this Year of Action on Beijing+20. It will give a prominent voice to many EWL members, at national and European level, and EWL partners.

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8865045964706950146

Moderator: Pierrette Pape, EWL Policy and Campaigns Director
• Technical facilitator: Oonagh Eastmond, EWL Policy Assistant

Agenda

Welcome and introduction, with presentation of EWL factsheet from EWL report on Beijing+20 ‘From words to action’

Section 1: Women’s organisations mobilise for peace and security!

Our Balkan members on the Women’s Tribunal in Sarajevo

  • On violence against women in conflict

Women’s role in post-conflict reconstruction: Northern Ireland Women’s European Platform (NIWEP)

  • On the implementation of UNSCR 1325 in Northern Ireland.

Women at the core of peace negotiations: Cyprus Women’s Lobby

  • On the inclusion of women in peace negotiationsA feminist approach to justice:

Section 2: Towards a feminist approach of peace and security

Feminist leadership in peace and security: WIIS (Women in International Security)

  • What does a feminist perspective to peace and security and women in leadership look like?

Protecting the human rights of women in armed conflicts: Global Justice Center

  • Campaign of the on access to abortion services for women victims of rape in war

A critical feminist perspective of military spending: WILPF (Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom)

  • Campaign ‘You get what you pay for’ and WILPF Video: Security: What is it?

The current refugee crisis: Hungarian Women’s Lobby

  • The gender dimension

Discussion and final words from the guests, including their most important recommendations.

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