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[newsflash] EWL Newsflash May 2010

May 2010

EWL Newsflash


18th June 2010: A date to be remembered for migrant women's rights in Europe!

Three and a half years after the EWL seminar 'Equal Rights. Equal Voices. Migrant women in the European Union', migrant women's organisations are meeting again in Brussels on 18 June 2010 to officially launch the European Network of Migrant women. Many of the organisations now members of the network met for the first time at the January 2007EWL seminar. At the time, besides agreeing on many policy recommendations to ensure migrant women's rights in Europe, these organisations also decided it was time to directly address policy-makers at the European level. This wish was taken up by the EWL, since then working with them towards this ambitious but crucial goal in a European context where migrants' voices are barely heard by the media and policy-makers.

The European Network of Migrant women, an EWL associate member since 2009, will present at their launch event the work they have undertaken together since 2007 at the national and European level in partnership with the European Women's Lobby. This will also be the occasion to highlight the contribution of migrant women's organisations to integration at the national level and to discuss policies with a panel of high-level European policy-makers. See here the full programme of the seminar of 18th June 2010. To register, please send an email by June 14th to fates@womenlobby.org.

For more information about the European network of Migrant Women and the work it has undertaken so far, read the presentation of the network.

All these achievements would not have been possible without the support of the Foundations that believed in the project since 2006 i.e. the Sigrid Rausing Trust, the Barrow Cadbury Trust and the EPIM Programme of the Network of European Foundations.

18 juin 2010: un jour mémorable pour les droits des femmes migrantes en Europe!

Trois années et demi après le séminaire du LEF « Même droits. Mêmes voix. Les femmes migrantes dans l'Union européenne », des organisations de femmes migrantes se retrouvent encore une fois à Bruxelles le 18 juin 2010 pour lancer officiellement le Réseau européen de femmes migrantes, un nouveau réseau européen qui s'est progressivement mis en place depuis le séminaire du LEF de janvier 2007. Beaucoup de ces organisations s'étaient alors rencontrées pour la première fois et outre des recommandations politiques pour les droits des femmes migrantes en Europe avaient aussi décidé qu'il était temps de mettre en place leur propre réseau pour se faire entendre du monde politique européen. Ce souhait, le LEF l'a développé avec elles pour arriver à cet objectif ambitieux mais crucial dans une Europe où les voix des migrant-e-s sont rarement entendues par les médias et
les décideurs et décideuses politiques.

Le Réseau européen des femmes migrantes, membre associé du LEF depuis 2009, présentera à cette occasion le travail réalisé conjointement depuis 2007 au niveau national et européen en partenariat avec le Lobby européen des femmes. Cela sera aussi l'occasion de mettre en avant la contribution des organisations de femmes migrantes à l'intégration au niveau national et de discuter les politiques existantes et futures avec une table-ronde de décideurs et décideuses politiques européen-ne-s. Vous pouvez ici consulter le programme détaillé du séminaire du 18 juin. Pour vous inscrire, veuillez envoyer un email au plus tard le 14 juin 2010 à : fates@womenlobby.org.

Pour plus d'informations sur le Réseau européen de femmes migrantes et le travail qu'il a réalisé jusqu'à présent, lisez la présentation du réseau.

Nous tenons à remercier les fondations qui ont cru en ce projet depuis 2006 pour leur soutien : la Sigrid Rausing Trust, la Barrow Cadbury Trust et le programme EPIM du Réseau des fondations européennes.

Table of Contents

EWL news. 1

News from EWL members. 2

Take Action!. 2

EWL Representation. 2

European & International News in Brief. 3

News from the European Parliament. 4

Update on Violence against Women and Women's Human Rights. 4

Events. 4

Publications - Web Sites. 5

Funding, Training, Call for Papers. 5

Jobs / Internships. 5

EWL news

The European Women's Lobby Centre on Violence against Women is pleased to release the lobbying kit 'Towards a strong convention on all forms of male violence against women', also available in French. The Council of Europe is preparing a Convention on 'preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence'. This Convention has the potential to have an immense impact on the lives of women in Europe and will constitute a first step towards political recognition of structural violence perpetrated by men against women through the adoption of a legally-binding human rights instrument. Throughout the process of its elaboration and adoption, the European Women's Lobby aims to ensure the voices and concerns of women' s rights NGOs are clearly heard and fully taken into consideration. This lobbying kit provides targeted information and tools designed to help the EWL, its
members, supporters and NGO partners take action and work together towards a comprehensive, strong and effective Convention on all forms of male violence against women. Please download the lobbying kit to build together a world where women live free from male violence !

EWL contribution for an EU strategy on the eradication of all forms of male violence against women in Europe: As we know that the European Commission is planning to deliver a proposal of strategy (as announced in the Stockholm Action Plan), the EWL prepared a proactive contribution to feed this process with concrete proposals for this EU strategy. This document was delivered to Commissioner Reding and to the cabinet of Ms. Milquet (Belgium minister for equality, in light of the Belgium Presidency of the EU), as well as disseminated to key MEPs.

EWL contribution on the European protection order: This document comprises both our contribution and a briefing on the European Protection Order (EPO). The EPO is currently being discussed in the European Parliament by the FEMM and LIBE committees.

On the occasion of Europe Day (9 May), the EWL released an article on the 'Benefits of European Union for Women' to raise awareness of the role of the EU in protecting and promoting women's rights and gender equality.

News from EWL members

The Nederlandstalige Vrouwenraad (NVR) will release on 10 June a new research report and training leaflet on 'Asylum and Migration: the treatment of women in reception centers...towards a gender-sensitive reception policy?' The launch will take place on 10 June 2010 from 13.00 to 14.30 at Amazone in Brussels. To register, send an email to nvr@amazone.be or call +32 (0) 2 229.38.19 before 7 June 2010. More information: www.vrouwenraad.be.

The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) is organizing a seminar in collaboration with the Commissioner for Administration in Cyprus, within the framework of the Progress programme of the European Commission, entitled 'Gender Mainstreaming in Migration Policies and Practice'. The event will take place on 21 June at the Journalist's House in Nicosia. Guest speakers include Nelli Kampouri, Research fellow at the Centre for Gender Studies, Panteion University, Simon Tonelli, Head of Migration Division at the Council of Europe, and Sylvia Ekra-Lopez, Gender Officer at the International Organisation for Migration.

Take Action!

Have your MEPs sign the written declaration for a European Year on combating all forms of violence against women! On 19 April, five MEP, Barbara Matera (EPP, Italy), Marije Cornelissen (Greens, Netherlands), Ilda Figueiredo (GUE/NGL, Portugal), Antonyia Parvanova (ALDE, Bulgaria), and Marc Tarabella (S&D, Belgium), launched a written declaration demading the creation of a European year to combat violence against women. MEPs have until mid-July to sign this written declaration and allow it to become effective. Please contact your national MEPs to ask them to support this initiative! Read the written declaration on our website.

Sign Amnesty International's petition for the adoption of the EU's anti-discrimination Directive and asking the German government to stop blocking this Directive! The German government is opposing the adoption of a new European Union (EU) anti-discrimination Directive proposed by the European Commission on 02.07.2008. This Directive should contribute to end exclusion and discrimination that people suffer because of their age, sexual orientation, religion or disability. The adoption of this new anti-discrimination Directive requires the agreement of all 27 EU Member States. Germany should cease its opposition so that discrimination in Europe can be effectively addressed. Sign this petition here!

In mid June, GEAR Campaign representatives will present a petition to 'Make the United Nations more effective in realizing women's rights' to the United Nations President of the General Assembly, H.E. Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki. If you have not already signed, please do so before 10 June 10 when the petition will close. GEAR Petition Links: Arabic - English - French - Spanish. Also, let your government know that you support GEAR. Send them a letter asking them to reach agreement and adopt a resolution without delay here. Speak with your colleagues, friends, and member organisations about the GEAR Campaign. Inform others about the new UN gender equality entity and about the GEAR Campaign website www.gearcampaign.org that will be available from 4 June.

Please find here an update on European Year 2010 for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion activities and how you can take part, including the Art Initiative and Journalist Competition.

In the lead up to Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) advocacy at the International Labour Conference in Geneva this June, APWLD on behalf of UFDWR would like to draw your attention to their statement calling for the Advancement of Domestic Worker Rights and specifically the Recognition of Domestic Worker Rights to Organise. See the statement in the attached document. Click here to endorse the statement.

EWL Representation

· Brigitte Triems, EWL President, attended a workshop 'Democracy, Parity and Parity Public Policies' organised in Malaga by the 'Federación de Mujeres Progresistas' on 8 May 2010.

· Myria Vassiliadou, Secretary General, attended the Stakeholder meeting for the Equinet Strategic Plan 2011-2014, organised in Brussels on 10 May 2010.

· Amandine Bach, Policy Officer, attended an informal meeting along with other relevant NGOs organised by the Spanish Minister of Equality, Ms Bibiana Aido in Brussels on 11 May 2010.

· Brigitte Triems, EWL President, attended a conference organized by 'Regards de Femmes' on the theme 'Les Crises et les Femmes: fenêtre d'émancipation ou menaces de régression' in Lyon on 17 May 2010.

· Mary Collins, Policy officer, attended as a speaker a conference organized by the Diputació de Barcelona in Brussels on the Gender Dimension in the fight against social exclusion on 18 May 2010.

· Martine Levy, Vice-President, attended the first workshop on ESF support to micro-enterprises and self-employment in Brussels on May 19, 2010

· Martine Levy, Vice-President, attended the second International Women Entrepreneurship and Leadership Summit, organized in Istanbul on 27-28 May 2010.

European & International News in Brief

Please find here an update from the European GEAR campaign on what is happening at the United Nations regarding the creation of the new UN women's rights entity, as well as about the latest activities of the GEAR Campaign. The latest GEAR Newsletter (May/June) is also available.

The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) is very encouraged by the UN Security Council's intention to take action on a comprehensive set of indicators on the implementation of its resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, by October 2010, the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325. Read the Press Release.

Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, launched 'Human Rights and Democracy in the World', a Report on EU action between July 2008 and December 2009. The report was adopted by the Foreign Affairs Council, which is chaired by Catherine Ashton and documents the great range of the EU's activities through its external policies in the field of human rights from development cooperation to deployment of security operations. It covers thematic issues as well as the EU's action on human rights situation in various countries (see webpage)

see EU webpage on Women Peace and Security

News from the European Parliament

On 18 May, the European Parliament adopted a report concerning Equal treatment between men and women engaged in an activity in a self-employed capacity. EU Member States should grant standard social protection, including at least 14 weeks' maternity leave allowance, for self-employed women and for wives or life partners of self-employed workers, says Parliament in a binding proposal to update a 1986 EU directive. Unfortunately, the Council does not support this proposal. Negotiations for an agreement are still underway. You can find the press release here.

On 1 June 2010 (9.00-10.00), the EP's Women's Rights (FEMM) and Civil Liberties (LIBE) Committees will hold a joint meeting on the European Protection Order. The two committees are working together to outline EP priorities for a Directive on EU-wide victim protection which was initiated by a group of Member States. Carmen Romero López (LIBE, S&D) and Teresa Jiménez-Becerril Barrio (FEMM, PPE) prepared a draft report which will be considered at the joint comittee meeting. Brussels, JAN 4Q1.

On 10 June 2010 (15:00 - 18:30), the FEMM and LIBE Committees will hold a joint Public Hearing on Trafficking in Human Beings.

Update on Violence against Women and Women's Human Rights

The EWL has released a lobbying kit in relation to the Council of Europe process: 'Towards a strong convention on all forms of male violence against women'.

This END FGM campaign digest, released on the occasion of Mother's Day, addresses the need to address FGM as an underlying cause of the lack of progress on the Millennium Development Goals. In particular, FGM and its ill-effects prevent achievement of MDG 3, 4, 5 and 6.

The Center for Women's Global Leadership is pleased to announce the theme for the upcoming 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign (2010): Structures of Violence: Defining the Intersections of Militarism and Violence Against Women. The theme announcement explains the conceptual framework, lists ideas for issues you might consider addressing during the campaign, and provides information on where you can access additional resources in the coming months. For the online version of the announcement, please visit the 16 Days website.


4 June 2010: UN Human Rights Council Session 14: 'Human Right to Peace - Gender', 15:00-17:00, Palais des Nations - Room XXVII, Geneva, Switzerland.

9 June 2010: Amazone's 15 years, at 16.00. The participation is free but it is compulsory to register for the 1st of June to de a.vanhoutvinck@amazone.be. The afternoon will be organized around three themes: 'The European policy for gender equality: which challenge for women movement?', '15 ideas that drive Amazone's work', 'And what about men?'. A party will follow the discussions. You will find the access map attached.

10 June 2010: Launch of 'Asylum and Migration: the treatment of women in reception centers...towards a gender-sensitive reception policy?' by Nederlandstalige Vrouwenraad, 13.00-14.30, Amazone, Brussels. To register, send an email to nvr@amazone.be or call +32 (0) 2 229.38.19 before 7 June 2010. More information: www.vrouwenraad.be.

12 June 2010: UK Feminista will be holding a break-out session at the annual Compass conference to explore the true impact of the global sex industry: 'The Booty Myth: Uncovering the truth about the sex industry'. Time: 11:15-12:30. Venue: Institute of Education, London. Click here or details and to register.

18 June 2010: Launch of Network of Migrant Women in Brussels (see Editorial).

1 July 2010 (09:00-18:00) and 2 July 2010 (09:00-13:00): the Equinet Board and Secretariat and the Institute for Equality between Women and Men, have the pleasure to invite you to attend the upcoming Equinet High-Level Legal Seminar at the Institute for equality between Women and Men (1 Rue Ernest Blerot, 1070 Brussels, Belgium). To learn more and register, please visit www.equineteurope.org/857721.html and fill in the appropriate (External) online registration form.

21 June 2010: Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) seminar on 'Gender Mainstreaming in Migration Policies and Practice', Journalist's House in Nicosia. Guest speakers include Nelli Kampouri, Research fellow at the Centre for Gender Studies, Panteion University, Simon Tonelli, Head of Migration Division at the Council of Europe, and Sylvia Ekra-Lopez, Gender Officer at the International Organisation for Migration.

23-24 June 2010: FemCities is organizing a conference on the topic of 'Jobs, service provision and public procurement: Cities and municipalities as promoters of gender equality' Conference 2010 focusing on gender equality strategies, steering approaches and implementation. Stuttgart City Hall, please find the program attached.

12 July 2010: Capita's 8th National Tackling Sexual Violence, Prosecution, Prevention and Victim Support. Central London Violence Conference explores the key objectives in implementing a step change in service quality experienced by victims of sexual assault. Please click here for further details of this event. Places can be booked on this event by filling out and returning the booking form on the final page of the conference brochure by fax to 0870 165 8989, or by e-mailing either the delegate details or a scanned copy of the completed booking form to david.moffat@capita.co.uk. Alternatively you can book online by clicking here, clicking on 'Book Online' and using Booking Reference code TSDM.

Publications - Web Sites

European Diversity Research and Consulting has released a special edition their newsletter, with a focus on gender.

The FEMM Committee of the European Parliament on 4 May issued an informal Press Release on 'Gender equality: dual approach needs to be employed - integrated approach and legislative measures'

The Council of Europe has released a report entitled 'Parity Democracy - a Far Cry from Reality: Results of Monitoring Balanced Participation of Women and Men in Political and Public Decision-Making 2005 & 2008'.

AWID's Young Feminist Activism program has launched the Young Feminist Wire, an online platform for young women working on gender equality everywhere around the world. Read more.

Femmes Prévoyantes Socialistes has published a dossier on 'The clause of the most favoured European women' this document is a compilation of the most progressive European legislation about women in several areas such as family rights, sexual and reproductive rights, fight against violence, professional and political conditions. The idea is that all countries in the European Union adopt the clause which would bring them to harmonize their legislation on the most progressive and protective conditions for women. The attached document explains why the clause is important and gives figures of the situation of women in Europe.

France Terre d'Asile has published a guide to promote the consideration of specific gender persecutions for asylum claim in Europe. The guide is available in French here.

PeaceWomen: New Website launched! PeaceWomen is pleased to announce the launch of their new upgraded website www.peacewomen.org. The website will provide a user-friendly online platform to access information and exchange resources on women, peace and security. The website also offers an increased level of interactivity where users can submit their own documents and updates and can create a MyPeaceWomen profile. Read more

In commemoration of Mother's Day, Save the Children is publishing its eleventh annual State of the World's Mothers report 'Women on the Front Lines of Health Care: State of the World's Mothers 2010'. The focus is on the critical shortage of health workers in the developing world and the urgent need for more female health workers to save the lives of mothers, newborn babies and young children. Click here to see the document.

UN DAW publication: Words to Action (April 2010): The United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women has issued the seventh issue of Words to Action, a newsletter on violence against women. This issue's feature item is 'The United Nations Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women: strategic investments to end violence against women and girls'. All issues of 'Words to Action' are available in UN DAW website.

Global Peace Index Report 2009: The Global Peace Index (GPI) is the first ever study to rank the nations of the world by their peacefulness and to identify potential drivers of peace.

A New Resource: Universal Periodic Review (UPR) 8th Round: 1st Summary. These documents relate to main issues regarding sexual, reproductive and women's rights that were formulated during the first and second days of the UPR. Included are the reviews of Kyrgyzstan, Kiribati, Guinea and Lao People's Democratic Republic. Here, you will find the full recommendations made to these countries by other governments. Read more

A New Resource: femLINKPACIFIC: "Empowering Communities, Informing Policy: The Potential of Community Radio". This handbook for women's community radio is a great collection of lessons-learned and practical information for setting up your own community radio platform. Read more

Funding, Training, Call for Papers, Jobs / Internships


The US Institute for Peace has opened applications for grants for peace-building projects managed by non-profit organisations.


The US Institute for Peace is offering 10 month Senior Fellowships for research on international peace and security challenges.

The UK Feminista Summer School will take place on Saturday 31st July - Sunday 1st August in central London. Two days of feminist activist training and inspiration - and all completely free! Register now.

AWOMI has opened the application procedure for the 3rd edition YOWLI to be held for 3 weeks, Dec 2010 to Jan 2011 in Senegal. The training is open to African women under 25. Deadline: 30 May.

The International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) announce with pleasure the 2010 inter-agency training course Coordination of Multi-Sectoral Response to Gender-Based Violence in Humanitarian Settings. As in previous years, the course will take place in Ghent, Belgium, from 1-12 November 2010. Further details can be found in the announcement and application. Deadline for applications: 01 June 2010.

Calls for papers:

The Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World is calling for papers based in the Lebanese American University, is soliciting articles for the Winter 2011 issue of its quarterly publication Al-Raida. The central topic for this edition of the journal will be "Seeking Equality and Justice in the Family." If you are interested in contributing to this issue of Al-Raida, kindly send your abstract (250-300 words) by June 5, 2010. Click here for more information.

Call for papers: Gender and Development: Migration. The March 2011 issue of the international journal Gender & Development, (published for Oxfam GB by Routledge/Taylor and Francis) will focus on Migration. Gender & Development invites articles from development practitioners working from a gender perspective: Analysing and researching the experiences of migrants and their loved ones; Understanding rural to urban links in livelihoods; Supporting and advocating for the rights of women and men who have undergone forced migration; Tracking how change occurs in gender relations as a result of migration. Closing Date for Proposals: 14 June 2010. To read the full call for papers, please follow this link.

Call for Submissions: UNIFEM Essay and Photo Contest: 'Promoting Gender Equality and Women's Human Rights - From National Commitments to Real Change' As part of CEDAW's 30th Anniversary and International Women's Day, UNIFEM is holding an essay and photo contest from 8 March to 2 September in the Pacific region. The theme of the contest is 'Promoting Gender Equality and Women's Human Rights - From National Commitments to Real Change.' Deadline for submissions: September 3, 2010. Read more


The Platform for Intercultural Europe is recruiting an Executive and Administrative Assistant in Brussels. Deadline: 4 June.

The Cherie Blair Foundation is looking for a fundraising manager. To apply, please send a CV and covering letter detailing your suitability for the role by Friday 21 May 2010 to Ms Priya Patel, pp@cherieblairfoundation.org. For more information about the Foundation, see the website.

The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) is republishing its call for applications with a view to establishing a reserve list for Temporary Agents for the post of Statistics Officer. For applications to be valid, candidates must complete an EIGE application form, available only in English and which is to be forwarded electronically to eige.hr@eige.europa.eu. The subject title should include the vacancy reference number. Application forms in Word format are available here. The deadline for sending applications is 28 May 2010 by not later than 22:00 Central European Time.

The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) is republishing its call for applications with a view to establishing a reserve list for Temporary Agents for the post of Gender Expert - Labour Market. The registration of applications will begin on 24 May 2010 and will close on 22 June 2010 at 22:00 Central European Time For applications to be valid, candidates must complete an EIGE application form, available only in English and which is to be forwarded electronically to eige.hr@eige.europa.eu. The subject title should include the vacancy reference number. Application forms in Word format are available here. For more information, see the vacancy notice.

AWSA-Be (Arab Women Solidarity Association-Belgium) is offering a 12 months job under the plan Rosetta- starting the 1 July 2010- send your CV and motivation letter to AWSA-Be: awsabe@gmail.com before 11 June 2010.

Other opportunities:

2010 Women PeaceMakers Program: Women Peace Makers and Peace Writers. The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ) in San Diego, California, is currently accepting applications for its Women PeaceMakers Program (WPM). The WPM program is designed for leaders from conflict-affected countries around the world who are transforming conflict and assuring gender-inclusion in post conflict recovery through in human rights advocacy and peace building efforts they lead. Deadline for Women PeaceMaker Applications: 1 June 2010. Deadline for Peace Writer Applications: 15 June 2010. Read more.

Donations to the EWL

Do you share the vision and commitment of the EWL? Do you want to support the achievement of equality between women and men and promote women's human rights in Europe? You can make a difference by supporting the EWL financially. Every contribution, however small, is an encouragement to the EWL to continue fulfilling its mission. Please, click here for more information.

European Women's Lobby / Lobby européen des femmes

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The European Women's Lobby (EWL) is the largest umbrella organisation of women's associations in the European Union (EU), working to promote women's rights and equality between women and men. EWL membership extends to organisations in all 27 EU member states and the three candidate countries, as well as to 21 European-wide bodies, representing a total of more than 2500 organisations.

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