European Women's Lobby - EWL
EU PROGRAMME ON GENDER EQUALITY REQUIRES SPECIFIC, PREDICTABLE FUNDING - EWL
Read the EWL’s statement on the proposed funding programmes in the field of Justice here.
The European Commission on 15 November proposed that, from 2014 to 2020, EU activities to promote equality between women and men and fight violence against women will be financed through a programme called ‘Rights and Citizenship’, one of the two new funding programmes in the field of Justice. The programme will merge three current programmes: the gender equality and anti-discrimination sections of the Progress programme, the DAPHNE III programme to combat violence against women, children and young people, and the Fundamental Rights and Citizenship programme.
The EWL welcomes the fact that activities to promote gender equality and combat violence against women will after 2014 be funded through the same EU programme and that the proposal acknowledges the need to support European NGO networks. However, the EWL is concerned that the proposal as it stands may weaken the EU’s ability to promote equality between women and men and combat violence against women with specific, predictable funding and thus undermine its long-standing commitment to this goal.
According to the EWL’s analysis, the proposal has several weaknesses:
The Commission’s proposal will
now be discussed by the European Parliament and the
The EWL calls on the Members of the European Parliament and the Council to amend the proposal for the Rigths and Citizenship Programme. Equality between women and men and combating violence agaist women must be made an independent policy objective of the programme and this objective must receive a specific, sustainable funding.