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European Women’s Lobby annual conference this weekend

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Alison Clarke
WVoN co-editor 

Delegates from 30 countries representing more than 2000 European women’s organisations are due to meet this weekend in Budapest for the annual conference and general assembly of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL).

The aim of the meeting is “to define common strategies to counteract and avoid the worst of a backlash against hard-won advances for women in Europe”, according to Brigitte Triems, EWL president.

Budapest was selected to host this year’s meeting in solidarity with the women of Hungary. Currently, it scores second from last in Europe in terms of women on the labour market, as well as in terms of leadership positions in political and economic life.

A statement on the Hungarian Women’s Lobby website says “this is certainly connected to the fact that according to attitude surveys, Hungarians are the most negative of all Europeans when it comes to gender equality”.

The situation for women’s rights and gender equality in other countries is not so great in other countries, though, either, thanks to the current economic crisis.

However, the EWL says that it has also provided a stimulus to policy makers and activists alike to develop and implement sustainable policies for equality.

In the context of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, the conference will welcome experts in the fields of care economy, gendered pay and pension gaps, mentoring and diversity to stimulate discussions on how women’s organisations can turn generational differences into a source of energy and new vision.

The conference will finish with the presentation of the EWL manifesto on intergenerational solidarity from a gender equality perspective.

Details of the conference are as follows:

  • When: 11 May 2012 at 14:00-18:00
  • Where: Hotel Benczur, Benczur u. 35, 1068 Budapest, Hungary

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