The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) is the largest umbrella organisations of women’s associations in the European Union (EU).
The EWL Secretariat is based in Brussels, but EWL has member organisations in all 27 Member States of the EU and in 3 candidate countries.
The European Women’s Lobby aims at promoting women’s rights and equality between women and men in the European Union. EWL is active in different areas such as women’s economic and social position, women in decision-making, violence against women, women’s diversity, etc.
EWL works mainly with the institutions of the European Union: the European Parliament, the European Commission and the EU Council of Ministers.

Legal form
Non-profit organization

– To be the link between women’s organisations and european institutions.
– To facilitate dialogue and exchanges between citizens and European decision-makers.
– Because of its advisory status in both the United Nations Economic and Social Council and the Council of Europe, the EWL plays an instrumental role at the international level.
– To support the active involvement of women in working to achieve equality between women and men, while ensuring the representation of women form different parts of the European region
– To support national members through information, lobbying resources and training to actively engage with EU policy shaping and implementation of legislation at national level
– Through analysis, evaluation and monitoring, to provide regular input on all areas of EU policy development and implementation that have an impact on women’s lives and on the promotion of equality between women and men, with specific reference to the Roadmap for equality between women and men, the United Nation Beijing Platform for Action on Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
– To monitor and raise awareness about the development and implementation of gender mainstreaming in order to ensure the full integration of women’s rights, interests and perspective in all areas of EU policy.
– To take into account the needs and perspective of different groups of women, and the diverse experiences of women at all stages of their life cycle.

Main Activities

-Lobby: The EWL conducts lobbying activities in all areas of interest to women, taking into consideration the European-level political agenda. The guiding principle behind the EWL’s work is the realisation of equality for all women and men. The EWL also monitors the use of gender mainstreaming, which implies incorporating a women’s perspective into all issues. This strategy has broadened the scope of its projects and lobbying activities considerably. The EWL is also active in areas which have not traditionally been considered ‘women’s issues’ and attempts to exert pressure in regards to all texts and programmes with an influence on women’s lives.

-Policy and advocacy work: The EWL works every day on content work following the European political agenda and working on specific topics with concern to women’s issues. Thereby, the EWL writes position papers, policy documents agreed by the members, and other kinds of contributions and statements in order to affect policy and legislation in and beyond the EU.

-Projects: The EWL conducts, coordinates and supports projects focusing on different areas of concern.

-Information-related activities: A large part of the EWL’s work relates to information. The first priority in this area is to provide the necessary information to the member organisations of the EWL, but due to the complexity of the European institutions, the EWL’s information-related activities have had to expand considerably.


-A strong representativity.
-A link between european institutions and women’s collectives.
-A strong lobby for the gender equality, everywhere in Europe and in every areas / topics -as a condition of the human rights.
-A real transparency on the objectives, tools and methods (included budget).