EUROPEAN CENTRE OF THE
INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF WOMEN
CENTRE EUROPEEN DU CONSEIL INTERNATIONAL
of the Activities of ECICW 2000-2003
The European Centre of the International
Council of Women, ECICW, was founded in Switzerland in 1961 and
registered in Finland 2002. Today it consists of National Councils
in 21 European countries: Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Denmark,
Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Israel,
Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Russia,
Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine.
The aim of the ECICW is to empower
women and to promote their participation in decision-making at
national and European levels; to support Human Rights and to
eliminate all kinds of discrimination; to encourage sustainable
development and peace.
ECICW studies and monitors questions
relating to the situation of women in Europe. It presents motions
and statements, responds to initiatives from various authorities
at the European level.
ECICW has Consultative Status with
the Council of Europe and through ICW with the UN. It is a member
of the European Women's Lobby.
The Board members 2000-2001 were:
President Lily Boeykens, Belgium, Vice-Presidents Laura Finne-Elonen,
Finland, Maria Luisa Oliveda, Spain and Judith Asbot Thorma,
Hungary, Secretary Lois Hainsworth, Great Britain and Treasurer
Marian Nauta- Blijham ,The Netherlands.
The Board 2001-2003: President
Laura Finne-Elonen. Vice-Presidents Judith Asbot Thorma, Hungary,
Brigitte Le Gouise, France and Maria Luisa Oliveda, Spain,
Secretary Brigitte W. Wenzke, Germany and Treasurer Marian
Nauta-Blijham, The Netherlands. The Board has met 4 - 5 times
The ECICW has met twice every
year at a General Assembly to discuss strategies and exchange
ideas. National Councils in countries which have not joined ICW
are welcome as observers. The working groups meet in the connection
of the GA to work on the present key issues:
Funding & sponsoring, Enlargement of ECICW and Empowerment of women.
The 40th Anniversary of the ECICW
was celebrated in November 2001 in connection with the General
Assembly at the Youth Hostel ‘Génération
Europe’ in Brussels.
The Constitution of ECICW was
adapted in Malta on March 15th 2002 and the organisation was
registered in June 2002 in Helsinki, Finland.
ECICW Regional Seminars have been
held in connection with the General Assemblies:
April 2003 Pavia, Italy: “The culture and the politics
of the water; the commitment of European Women”
September 2002 Helsinki, Finland: "Women Power in Europe" during
a cruise with Ladies' Boat
March 2002 Sliema, Malta "Opportunities for Women in an
November 2000 Paris, France "European Councils - An Economic
and Social Force"
March 2000 Brussels,Belgium "Democracy and the enlargement
of the European Union"
Collaboration and representation
International Council of Women Laura
Finne-Elonen, President of ECICW is a Member of the ICW board.
Elisabeth Acar de Langre represents ICW at the GA of ECICW.
The European Union President
Laura Finne-Elonen represented the ECICW at the NGO Conference "Citizen's
Forum" which preceded the EU Summit in November 2001 in
The Council of Europe has
granted the ECICW the right to submit Collective Complaints
alleging unsatisfactory application of the European social
Charter (if a State member of the CoE has taken a ministerial
or juridical decree which is contrary to the decree of the
European Social Charter).
President Laura Finne-Elonen was invited as key note speaker
at the seminar "The Aftermath of September 11: "Investing
in democracy for a more cohesive society" arranged by the
Council of Europe in Palais de l'Europe in Strasbourg , Jan.2002.
CoE invited on the rekommendation of ECICW Judith Asboth Thorma,
Hungary in 2000 and Olga Kobets, Ukraine in 2001 to Strasbourg
to attend a seminar arranged for representatives of NGOs in CEE
NGO-Unit at the Council of Europe: Marguerite
Blancke and Brigitte Le Gouis represent the ECICW at the Forum
of NGOs and take part in the Plenary Conferences and the work
of the important groupings.
President Laura Finne-Elonen and Vice-President Brigitte Le
Gouis took part in the Citizens' Forum seminar "Prevention
of violence in everyday life: civil society's contribution",
in Strasbourg, Nov. 2002.
European Food Safety Authority Grace
Wedekind represents the ICW and ECICW interests in a consultative
group in London.
European Women's Lobby Lois
Hainsworth represented the ECICW at the Board of EWL 1997-2002.
In September 2002 Laura Finne-Elonen was elected to the Board
of EWL as the representative of ECICW .
Karat Coalition is the most
important network of women's organisations in Central and Eastern
Two representatives of Karat were invited to the GA in Helsinki to discuss
The ECICW Contribution to the Charter
of the Fundamental Rights of Europe was formulated by
President Lily Boeykens. It is followed up by the ECICW. All
the material is now handed to a student at the University of
Oslo, Norway who is writing on his Master-degree and analysing
the involvement of civil society in the process of drafting
the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
The ECICW proposals to the Contributional
Treaty of the Union may be read on the home pages of
the Convention. The ECICW signed its support to the conclusions
of the European Conference in Athens April 2nd 2003.
ECICW proposed three motions to the GA of EWL in 2002 on: 1. Parity Democracy
in the EU Parliament and the Parliamentary bodies of EU member countries,
2. Educational measures to achieve better understanding of the principles
of human right and the need for racial tolerance and full equality between
women and men and 3. Joint efforts to stop trafficking in women and children.
ECICW gave its comments to EWL on the EWL position statement
on pensions in 2001.
Motion on Food Safety : The GA of ECICW approved a motion on
Food Safety Authority in EU where there is virtually no female
consumer input. (2002)
Press release from the 40th Anniversary of ECICW November 2001 claiming that
the Afghani women ought to be fully engaged in the peace making process and
included in the future government.
Press release September 2002 on the issue Nigeria and the Sharia law.
Press releases in connection to the General Assemblies.
ECICW signed the EWL Anti-War call together with 120 other Women's organisations.
A new leaflet on the ECICW and its activities was presented at the GA in Pavia.
The Home Pages of the ECICW are on the address www.naisjarjestojenkeskusliitto.fi/english.htlm
Helsinki, May 2003
President of ECICW