The project “Mobilise against sexism!” was conducted by the partner organisations of the European Women's Lobby (EWL) in Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania and Spain in 2020 to raise awareness and combat sexism in key sectors of society.

The project used the campaign tools of the Council of Europe, including an action page, video and quiz explaining what sexism is and what can be done to prevent and combat it. 

The EWL has also published a statement with recommendations on sexism, which refers to the Council of Europe Recommendation CM/Rec (2019)1 on preventing and combating sexism.

The project was implemented by the Romanian Women’s Lobby in Romania

ABOUT the national campaign ABOUT the national campaign

 The Romanian Women’s LobbyEWL’s national coordination in the country, focused the campaign against sexism on different levels and towards different target groups, involving young girls from rural areas, university students and diasporas.

The topics were often discussed during webinars and ranged from violence against women, to the impact of sexism on the life of public servants, and on particularly vulnerable groups.

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 Private sphere/work

The Romanian Women’s Lobby (ROWL) worked closely with the Associazionne Donne Rumene in Italy to reach out to migrant women from all fields of activity from the Romanian diaspora living and working in Italy. Over the past months, the ROWL organised webinars and other activities to raise awareness on sexism and encouraged the Romanian women to share their experiences on sexism and discuss how to combat these forms of sexism that further places them in vulnerable situations. Additionally, ROWL organised trainings regarding sexism with a group of girls from ages 11- 18, on sexism in general, covering cyber-violence, sexism in justice, sexism in politics and sexism in private lives. The quiz was used and the ROWL calendar on sexism was also discussed. Both activities resulted to an increased awareness on how to identify and combat forms of sexism experienced in various spaces.

 Sexism in the justice sector

The ROWL worked on a series of activities to expose incidences and experiences of sexism in the justice sector. This resulted to ROWL being invited to the conference organised by the Romanian Parliament to be a key speaker regarding how to tackle sexism in the justice sector. ROWL also organised a webinar on sexism in justice and sexism against women in politics with the support of MP Senator in Romanian Senate Juridical Committee Iulia Scantei. On both activities, ROWL shared the EWL MAS project and the Recommendation on sexism of the Council of Europe.

Communication communication

 Facebook

The different impacts of sexism in various spheres were explained through Facebook posts on the organisation’s page.

 Communication materials

  • Analysis on the cohesion of national policies on gender equality strategies with that of the Council of Europe Recommendation
  • National recommendations aligned with the CoE recommendation presented to national governments
  • PPT presentation
  • Briefing document

 Visibility materials

  • Calendar on sexism
events & webinars events & webinars

 29 July 2020

Meeting for introducing the project and the campaign and discussing plans for further implementation with State Secretary Luminita Popescu and Monaliza Cirstea, Director of National Agency for Equal Opportunities between Women and Man. Laura Albu, President of Romanian Women’s Lobby, Daniela Draghici, Vice President ROWL and Andreea Fedor, Communication Director Women’s got involved.

 6 October 2020

One-hour webinar on violence against women and sexism and Istanbul Convention with a group of 20 students from Petre Andrei University of Lasi, who are studying to become social workers

  10 October 2020

Training regarding sexism with a group of girls ages 11- 18, on sexism in general, covering cyber-violence, sexism in justice, sexism in politics and sexism in private lives. Also, the quiz has been administered.

 30-31 October 2020

Training with 42 professionals working in protected houses for victims of domestic violence at national level included a module on presentation of the Campaign on sexism

 25 November 2020

The Campaign was promoted during the Conference “Give! Help!Respect” developed online dedicated to 16th Days of Action Against Violence on Women where Laura Albu was one of the key speakers.

The Campaign was also promoted during another conference organised by the Romanian Parliament where Laura Albu was key speaker on the issues regarding system improvement and tackling sexism in justice.

 29 November 2020

This online webinar on sexism in justice and sexism against women in politics was organised by Romanian Women’s Lobby with the support of MP Senator in Romanian Senate Juridical Committee Iulia Scantei who was the moderator of the event. The video reached 28 000 views.

 Link to the video

 1 December 2020, National Romanian Day

A webinar on sexism on migrant women was organised in collaboration with Associazionne Donne Rumene in Italia, member from diaspora of Romanian Women’s Lobby. Women guests from all fields of activity from Romanian diaspora living and working in Italy joined and shared their experiences. The online event reached 1 205 persons.

 Link to the video 

 Other events organised during project which were not opened to general public and where audiences were either vulnerable groups or professionals working in the field of social services or students at university.

CONTACT Person CONTACT Person

 Laura Albu, President of Romanian Women’s Lobby