The European Council of WIZO Federations (ECWF) was established and registered as a non-profit NGO in Paris in 1992.
The aim of its founders was to establish an European WIZO organization, which would have a say on issues of women’s equality, discrimination and anti-Semitism in European bodies such as the European Women’s Lobby and the Council of Europe.
ECWF is member of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) and has consultative status in the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, with the right to make suggestions and statements on social affairs up until 2023.
OUR AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
- Promote the interests of all women living in a Member State of the Council of Europe or the European Community ;
- Promote the effective achievments of equal rights and opportunities for women and men ;
- Follow the definition of Anti-Semitism as formulated by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), including the important explanation of how anti-Zionism is frequently a mask for anti-Semitism.
This working definition, developed by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) was adopted by 37 countries and many cities or monitoring organisations in various OSCE participating states. It is recommended as a useful document for governments.
- Endeavour to influence European policy decisions concerning problems of discrimination in European Society, in particular racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia ;
- Support Israel in the international community and its goal in achieving peace with its neighbours ;
- Contribute to the information and training of Federation members in European education, cultural and social areas.
ECWF MEMBER FEDERATIONS
WIZO Austria, WIZO Belgium-Luxemburg, WIZO Denmark, WIZO Finland, WIZO France, WIZO Germany, WIZO Greece, WIZO Hungary, WIZO Ireland,ADEI-WIZO Italy, WIZO Netherlands, WIZO Spain, WIZO Sweden, WIZO Switzerland and WIZO United Kingdom
ECWF holds annual meetings hosted by European WIZO federations, elections to its executive are held every four years.