Czech Women's Lobby declares its support to feminist belief that women have the right to political, social and economic equality with men. The organisation stands for the interests of all women regardless of their race, ethnic origin, health condition, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief. At the same time, CWL promotes diversity, acknowledges and asserts diverse values and needs of women with regard to the above mentioned. CWL accepts variety in its organisations as well as variety in feminist trends professed by individual organisations
At the same time, however, CWL requires shared attitudes in the following issues:
Gender roles and stereotypes
Czech Women’s Lobby fights against gender roles and stereotypes that continue to spread in the European context and are preserved mainly through education systems and the media. CWL rejects clichés depicting women as inferior to men, sexual subjects or people connected primarily with domestic work. CWL encourages equal access to education, including gender equality in the curricula. CWL says no to negative and humiliating depictions of women and to their symbolic overlooking, condemnation or trivialisation in the media.
Violence against women
Czech Women’s Lobby explicitly denounces all forms of violence against women, both in public as well as private spheres. Violence against women (domestic violence, sexual abuse, rape or other gender-conditioned acts able to induce physical, sexual or psychic harm) is a violation of human rights and therefore it is necessary for both government and non-government bodies to cope with it and to adopt the correct measures for its elimination and for the protection of victims. Violence must be approached as a global social phenomenon with a certain cultural and historical background and specific dynamics.
Women and the climate
The Czech Women's Lobby - while taking into consideration scientific knowledge - considers climate change to be a fundamental problem, the effects of which have a serious impact on the environment as well as on the economic and social areas. CWL points out that the consequences of the climate crisis are worse for those groups of the population who are already disadvantaged - such as people with lower incomes or the need to care for their loved ones at the expense of their own free time, mainly women in our society. The Czech Women's Lobby, therefore, advocates that the transition to a carbon-free economy be not only timely but also fair and thoughtful. A fair transition thus means not only securing good jobs to replace those in the fossil industry but must also take into account the needs of the people from structurally disadvantaged regions and disadvantaged groups. CWL recommends that the government always take into account gender and social aspects when creating climate strategies, plans, and related policies and that it turns to experts in the relevant fields during the decision process.
Prostitution and women trafficking (updated on the 18th of June 2018)
According to the Czech Women Lobby prostituiton is a reflection of a power imbalance created by social and gender inequalities within society such as poverty, social exclusion, economic inequality etc. People in prostitution are not only women, but they do constitute the majority. The clients of prostitution are almost exclusively men. The CWL recognizes and respects prostitution that comes as a free decision by the individual in question. However this type of prostitution cannot legitimise the existence of prostitution which is based in the abuse of the unequal position of women in society. The CWL considers human trafficking (i.e. forced prostitution) to be a fundamental breach of human rights. There are also problems with the so called voluntary prostituition, to which women often turn not by free choice but because of life ciscusmtances or discrimination (poverty, social exclusion, addiction, low qualification and education, single-parenting etc.). The CWL considers these groups of women to be the most vulnerable and thefore we support only measssures that would strenghten the rights and security of people that provide prostitution. The legislative meassures should aim mainly at reducing the demand (people buying sexual services) and should not lead to the stigmatisation of individuals selling sexual services. The state should take all steps in order to reduce the social disadvantages that can lead to prostitution and ensure good conditions to all.
Sexuality and reproductive rights of women
Czech Women's Lobby rejects ideologies that disable women the control of their own bodies. CWL requires equality in sexual relationships and says no (not only) to sexual violence against women. CWL supports the freedom to choose when one would like to have a family and to decide whether one will have children and what number. CWL calls for education and awareness in the area of sexual and reproductive rights to be available to all. CWL holds the view that women should have access to contraception of their choice and access to safe and legal abortion. At the same time, CWL does not promote abortion as a family planning method. CWL promotes the right to freely choose care in pregnancy and at delivery, and emphasises health care in accordance with latest available scientific development.
Women in decision-making positions
Czech Women’s Lobby asserts equal representation of women and men in decision-making positions in politics and central bodies of state administration and sees equal division of power as a basic principle of democracy. Insufficient representation of women in politics can also mean that life experience from one half of population is not taken into account in an appropriate way. Since women face a number of barriers, CWL introduces measures that assist equality of men and women in decision-making positions, for example: creating campaign, education and support programmes targeted at women willing to participate in public, intra-company quotas or legally defined quotas.
Women in the labour market
Czech Women’s Lobby promotes a fair labour market without discrimination on the basis of sex. The following principles apply:
Non-discrimination approach to recruitment, equal pay for the same work and work of same value, equal chances of career growth for men and women of all ages, same chances in the labour market regardless of sex, reasonable pension that is not decreased for the time spent on parental leave, elimination of sexual harassment at workplace, promotion of personal/family and professional life balance.
Women and Global poverty
The Czech Women Lobby sees the feminisation of poverty as a serious problem and warns about the fact that women are the majority of people living in poverty worldwide as well as demands the seeking of possible solutions to these problems. Therefore, the CWL promotes the respect of international commitments that set up goals about upholding social laws and the eradication of poverty. These are for example, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, Millennium Development Goals and others. The Czech Women Lobby also promotes the idea of responsibility of developed countries towards poor developing countries, and towards their citizens.
Gender and Migration in Czech Republic
The Czech Women Lobby rejects xenophobia, discrimination and second-rate position of migrants living in Czech Republic. Female migrants are facing a multiple level discrimination, especially on the job market but also in access to education and public institution. Traditional gender roles and stereotypes are enhanced by the specific position of female migrants end up in social and cultural isolation, even more so for mothers who are in many cases disadvantaged in comparison with Czech citizens, for example in the access to health care or public institution for childcaring. The CWL promotes the compliance of human and labour rights of migrants and the acquirement of an equitable status in front of the law and day-to-day life.
Multiculturalism against racism
The Czech Women's Lobby unequivocally rejects racism and institutionalized violence against minority cultural groups. In the context of Czech society, it is primarily racism and violence against Roma communities facing discrimination in access to education, housing and discrimination in the labour market, etc. These practices also support social exclusion of particular groups. Roma women face multiple discrimination and disadvantage in a culturally and ethnically discriminatory environment, for example with regard to their reproductive and parental rights. The Czech Women's Lobby supports basic principles of multiculturalism and combats institutionalized violence and social exclusion of minority groups
Public responsibility for care
The Czech Women's Lobby strives to create an environment favourable to families, children and parents. The Czech Women's Lobby enforces creation and development of quality care facilities for pre-school and school children with an emphasis on the financial, social and spatial availability of these facilities. The Czech Women's Lobby also enforces creation of quality homes for the elderly citizens with high-quality social services also with an emphasis on their financial, social and spatial availability. The Czech Women's Lobby strongly supports equality between men and women in sharing day-to-day responsibilities for care of children, the elderly, the ill, and other members of society who need care.