EUROPEAN UNION OF WOMEN
The European Union of Women celebrates its 60th anniversary this year (2013). It was founded in Salzburg by Austrian MP Dr Lola Solar with the aim of enabling women to contribute to international debate and to stimulate interest in European affairs.
Today there are 19 countries in membership. The European Union of Women (EUW) has consultative status with the Council of Europe and Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (Ecosoc). It also contributes to the work of the European Parliament through the EPP Women’s Section and national MEPs.
Over the past 60 years, the role of women has changed and so has the EUW. It now also helps women – across the continent - to take an active part in political and civic life. It helps women in emerging democracies play a role in the development of their nations from the outset.
Through its 10 commissions, research work into issues of today and, more importantly, tomorrow are carried out and the results fed into various national and international bodies. The work has a unique flavour as it pulls together experience and thought provoking results from women throughout Europe.
The Judicial Commission, for example, attracts lawyers from all member states. Europe Alive Commission, in comparison, organises cultural, economic and political visits, usually lasting 3-4 days, to member states and is open to all in membership of the EUW.
EUW’s individual members include elected representatives of national and European parliaments, businesswomen and professional women from all walks of life. Each member country has its own vibrant section which you can join.
4-15 March 2013 New York
Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls
Full list of events: www.csonet.org
The EUW works for the strengthening of peace on the basis of justice and the free cooperation of peoples. It stands for the safeguarding of human dignity and freedom, the maintenance of Europe’s outstanding cultural heritage, and for social and economic progress while protecting the rights of the individual.
EUW maintains that these aims will only be realised by increasing the influence of women.
2013 Diamond Jubilee of the European Union of Women
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: FRIDAY 8 MARCH 2013
Celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women.
This year’s theme: The Gender Agenda; Gaining Momentum
The event was created in 1911 and was born out of the suffragette movement and women workers’ rights in America and Europe.
Today International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated worldwide and in many countries it is a national holiday. Thousands of events are organised from conferences and marches to picnics and opera to highlight both the success of women and the need still to push for women’s rights to education, healthcare and freedom from violence throughout the world.
The first IWD called for the right to work, to vote, to training, to hold public office and to end discrimination.
For too many women this 100 year old rallying cry is yet to be fulfilled.