Women's Rights

Elimination of violence against women in the EU

Plenary speech by Jordi Sebastià

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

This year's international day of eliminating violence against women coincides with the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Beijing Platform for Action, where for the first time, after centuries of silence, it was established that violence against women is a manifestation of historically unequal power relationships between women and men


Historical commitment towards gender balance with the European court reform

The European Parliament approved the long-awaited European Union general court reform today in the plenary. Amending the statute of the court, the court's operating conditions were enforced by increasing the number of judges by 28 to a total of 56. We also witnessed a historical step towards gender balance.


Withdrawal of Maternity Leave Directive

European Commission decision a blow to social and family policy

The European Commission today announced its decision to withdraw the Maternity Leave Directive. With the current draft Directive blocked at the European Council, the Commission proposes to replace it with a new proposal in the coming year. MEP Monika Vana, member of the Women’s rights and Employme...

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Women's Rights are Human Rights

Press release from SNP MEP Alyn Smith

Alyn Smith SNP MEP has today praised the European Parliament for adopting a groundbreaking new report on gender equality. Despite pressure from right-wing organisations, the EU Strategy for Equality Between Women and Men Post 2015, known informally as the Noichl Report after its rapporteur Maria N...


Paraguay: the legal aspects related to the child pregnancy

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

Tabled by Ernest Urtasun, Heidi Hautala, Linnéa Engström, Barbara Lochbihler, Ulrike Lunacek, Terry Reintke, Judith Sargentini, Jordi Sebastià, Monika Vana on behalf of the Greens/EFA group The European Parliament, –    having regard to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Chi...


VIIIth Conference on Feminicide/Femicide


the duty of due diligence in eradicating feminicide/femicide

This conference is organised by the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, EU Office in cooperation with AIETI, Alianza por la Solidaridad, APRODEV, Cooperacció, CIFCA, European Women’s Lobby, Feminicidio.net, Flora Tristán, Grupo Sur, Otro Tiempo, Oxfam I...

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The Fight for Gender Equality and Against Gender-Based Violence


European Perspectives 2015

With International Women's Day approaching, the Green Group in the European Parliament in cooperation with the European Green Party is organising a conference, 'The fight for Gender Equality and Against Gender Based Violence: European perspectives 2015.'


Save Maternity Leave

Directive on gender equality and women's rights cannot be scrapped

The Directive on pregnant workers and workers who have recently given birth, also known as the Maternity Leave Directive, was first adopted by the European Parliament by a large majority in October 2010. 4 years later, the passage of this Directive remains blocked in the European Council by opposi...

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Speaking out against gender-based violence

The need for a European Strategy against gender-based violence was the focus of a conference organised at the European Parliament by EFA MEP Jordi Sebastià and others from the Greens/EFA group. The event brought together policy makers, campaigners and politicians to exchange ideas on how best to ta...


Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 24-28 November 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary included tax evasíon and the LuxLeaks, plastic bags rules, the Pope's visit and the role of his church, the EU-Canada PNR agreement, migration and tragedies in the Mediterranean, the recognition of Palestine and peace in the Middle East, the UN climate talks and the EU's role, the Commission proposal on an investment plan for Europe


Iraq: kidnapping and mistreatment of women

Greens/EFA motion for a resolution

Tabled by Alyn Smith, Barbara Lochbihler, Michel Reimon, Jean Lambert, Bodil Ceballos, Ernest Urtasun, Jordi Sebastià, Judith Sargentini, Ulrike Lunacek, Heidi Hautala, Reinhard Bütikofer, Davor Škrlec  on behalf of the Greens/EFA Group The European Parliament, – having regard to its previ...