TAKE ACTION, Newsletter May 2015, issue 2

Join petition to unblock the European Maternity Leave Directive

The revised Maternity Leave Directive that has been adopted by a large majority in the European Parliament in 2010 is still not accepted by the European Council. 10 Member States have been, and are still fervently blocking this piece of legislation that would set important minimum standards for women about to give birth, and with new-born babies. These countries are: Germany, the Netherlands, Latvia, Hungary, Denmark, Cyprus, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, UK

The Directive sets a high standard for pregnant women, namely, that once they give birth, they should be entitled to 100% of the salary they earned before for the 6 first weeks, (=full pay), without any ceilings or exceptions. Is this really too much to ask for ?

Before the 25th May, COFACE and others need you to help them give the final push, to put pressure on Commission Vice-President Timmermans to take out the Maternity leave Directive from the bin, and demand the Council to send it back to the European Parliament, who under the leadership of MEP Maria Arena are ready to modernise the Directive and grant women in Europe the rights they deserve.

Steps to take :

  • Please sign the petition
  • Share it with your friends on Facebook, ask them to sign
  • Tweet about it, using the hashtag #DeliverNow and if you like also #theFinalPush
  • Tweet to your Ministers, MPs and anybody of influence, especially in those 10 countries mentioned above.


Join Campaign for end to UN Immunity when peacekeepers commit Sexual Exploitation and Abuse 

Code Blue, a global campaign by Aids-free world will enlist organizations and individuals to:

  • Seek the removal of any possibility of immunity for the UN’s own peacekeeping personnel when they are accused of sexual exploitation or abuse..
  • Call for the creation of an entirely independent, external Commission of Inquiry, with full access to the UN as well as subpoena power, to examine every facet of sexual exploitation and abuse in peacekeeping operations.
  • Engage campaigners and supporters from all over the world to press the United Nations’ leadership, troop-contributing countries and Member States to create a revived, strengthened and more accountable response to sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers.


Join #WhoMadeMyClothes?

Fashion Revolution sees the Rana Plaza disaster as a metaphorical call to arms, and Fashion Revolution Day, to be held annually on the 24th of April, will keep the most vulnerable in the supply chain in the public eye. Fashion Revolution Day might be over this year, but the Fashion Revolution continues all year round until we know the stories behind our clothes.

By asking consumers, designers, brands, and all those who care to ask a simple question “Who Made My Clothes?”, the fashion revolution envisages a change in perspective that will lead to a deeper understanding. The website offers major global brands’ Facebook, Twitter and Instagram details to write to and information about local events.


Join online consultations: towards a renewed World Bank Group Gender Strategy

The World Bank Group is preparing a new gender strategy, which is expected to be finalized and discussed by the Board of Executive Directors later this year. In developing the strategy, they will consult with stakeholders worldwide from mid April to mid July 2015. The strategy is being developed to reflect fundamental changes in the world and at the World Bank Group and to respond to accumulating evidence on what works to close gender gaps. The previous World Bank strategy on gender was adopted in 2001. A Concept Note, outlines a framework for a renewed gender strategy and serves as a basis for discussion during the consultative process.

To share your input click here. To share examples and case studies of solutions and approaches that have helped close gender gaps, send them to genderconsultations@worldbankgroup.org.

Take Action to Stop Fast Track & the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a free trade agreement that currently spans 12 countries from the Americas to the Asian Pacific and 40% of the global economy. With options for other countries to join on later, it’s projected that eventually one-half of all countries could be part of the TPP.

This disastrous trade policy would affect food, fishing, agriculture, environmental safeguards, energy extraction, retail goods, and banking – literally all sectors of our lives. And now some US law makers are trying to pass a bill to hand over their own Constitutional authority to debate and modify trade law using a process called “Fast Track.” If Fast Track authority is approved, the TPP could be signed before US Congress even gets a chance to see the provisions included and vote on it.

Sign the petition to show international solidarity: http://act.grassrootsonline.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=20112

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