CESI affiliates Carmen Jaffke and Kirsten Lühmann re-elected into EWL Board of Administration

At the General Assembly of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) on June 8-10 2018 in Brussels, CESI affiliates Carmen Jaffke and Kirsten Lühmann were re-elected into the Board of Administration.

Carmen Jaffke from the Luxembourgish General Confederation of Public Services (CGFP) will be a full member in the Board of Administration, Kirsten Lühmann from the German Civil Service Federation (dbb) will serve as alternate. The mandates expire in 2020 when renewed elections will take place.

CESI has been a member of the EWL since 2006. Both Carmen Jaffke and Kirsten Lühmann have been a member and alternate in the EWL Board of Administration in the past and have both an extensive track record as trade unionists and supporters of gender equality and women’s rights.

Carmen Jaffke is President of the Equality Law Commission of the CGFP as well as Vice-President of CESI’s members’ Commission on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality. She has held both posts since 2007.

Kirsten Lühmann, a Bundestag MP for the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) since 2009, is a former Equal Opportunity Commissioner of German Police Trade Union (DPolG, a member of the dbb) as well as a former member of the Executive Board and now Honorary member of the General assembly of the dbb’s Federal Women’s Council. She is also a member of the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) and the European Network of Policewomen (ENP). Within CESI, she currently serves as President of the Commission on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality.

CESI Secretary General Klaus Heeger said: “I congratulate Carmen Jaffke and Kirsten Lühmann on their successful re-elections. Both are committed and long-standing proponents of lived gender equality. As President and a Vice-President of our internal Commission on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, they are perfectly placed to act as an intermediary between CESI and the EWL, and to strengthen joint interest representation. Discussions around EU gender equality files currently negotiated, such as the one on work-life balance, show that strong united voices advocating, for instance, more effective measures for an equal sharing of domestic responsibilities between men and women are greatly needed. Progress on gender equality in Europe in almost all areas of employment and societal life has been slow for years, and strong stakeholder alliances are needed to push decision-makers to act more decisively.”

The General Assembly also elected a new EWL President, Gwendoline Lefebvre from the Coordination française pour le Lobby Européen des Femmes (CLEF), as well as a new Executive Board. All names of the new leadership of the EWL -President, Executive Board and Board of Administration members – are available on the website of the EWL.

Picture: Carmen Jaffke/Kirsten Lühmann © CGFP/dbb 2018