The 5050 campaign, which was launched in 2012, is one of the most successful practices among the projects organized together with EWL’s organisations members. Its main mission is to implement parity at all levels of decision-making in European institutions towards the European elections in 2014, by using different tools of advocacy. The campaign was also launched in some candidate’s countries for accession (such as, Turkey and Serbia) and it was extended at national levels in the context of national elections. The 5050 campaign aims at reaching consensus on the equal representation of women and men in nationaland Europeanbodies and procedures through various awareness actions and exchanges of testimonies of women living in Europe. To bring policy-makers, principal actors and public opinion that supported this objective established links with multiple political parties, and high level personalities were contacted to become ambassadors for the campaign.
With regards to its results, an increased representation of women in the European Parliament (EP) has been noted and the success of the nomination of the 1st Commissioner for Gender Equality. Women now make up 36.9% of the EP—an increase of 1,75% in comparison to the European elections in 2009—and there has been an increase in women Vice-Presidents in the EP and in the Committees of the EP.
This practice has been selected within the framework of the CSO WINS project "Capacity-building in theSouthern Mediterranean to Open Policy Dialogue and MonitoringforWomen IN Society"with the support of the European Union’s Neighbourhood Civil Society Facility.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.