Joanna Maycock

Secretary General at European Women's Lobby

Joanna Maycock has been Secretary General of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) since May 2014. Founded in 1990, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) is the largest alliance of women’s non-governmental associations in the European Union, with members throughout the EU who come together around our common vision of a Feminist Europe. EWL is a credible source of expertise and experience on women’s rights and equality between women and men, representing the diversity of the women’s movement across the European Union. EWL represents an inclusive, confident, loud, independent feminist voice and brings real women’s voices into the EU political arena.

Since joining the EWL in 2014, Joanna has been leading work with the membership to define a dynamic new strategic vision for the women’s movement in Europe, to strengthen its joint vision and work towards a feminist Europe.

A lifelong feminist, Joanna has 20 years’ professional experience in senior leadership and governance positions in European and International Civil Society. She led ActionAid International’s work in Europe: Developing and implementing EU campaigns on aid effectiveness, women’s rights, and policy coherence for development. Joanna is also a former President of CONCORD, the European Confederation of Development NGOs.
She has also been involved in strengthening organisational development and civil society governance. She is particularly interested in the concept and practice of feminist leadership, and has established a network of women CSO leaders in Brussels and is working with others to establish a global network of women leaders in CSOs.