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EUROPEAN COMMISSION, WHAT'S THE PLAN TO ADVANCE Girls' RIGHTS?

In the run up to the hearings of the new #VdLCommission, we are eager to understand what the next European Commissioners will be up to in the upcoming five years.
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Climate-justice and gender-justice have to go hand-in-hand

“We demand that the new European Commission secures equal rights for everyone – and that they work hard to smash the gender-gap, both inside and outside the European Union. Because the young girls living in this world should grow up having the exact same possibilities and rights as the young boys. I will fight hard to make that a reality.” Says Kira Marie Peter Hansen, a green feminist and the youngest Member of the European Parliament from Denmark.

On International Day of the Girl, we wanted to know from Kira what motivated her to run and what she plans on doing for girls and gender equality in the upcoming five years. 

Connecting the Dots – Feminist Activist Leadership

Where do you get your inspiration from? Do you have a role figure?

I’m very lucky that I’ve been able to grow up surrounded by strong women. Coming from Belfast, Northern Ireland, life wasn’t easy for my community and women stepped up when times were hard – making them the backbone for local change – my granny being one of them.

Finnish Presidency on Gender Equality

It is very much the experience from our own development that motivates us in our efforts to strengthen the rights of women and girls worldwide. Finland used to be a poor and conflict-torn agrarian country in 1917, when we gained our independence. Now we are a world leader in happiness and innovation, and one of the most stable countries in the world. For us, the reason is that we have harnessed the potential of the whole society, not only half of it.  

How economic empowerment matters to girls

Both the gender pay gap and the fact that girls are being pushed to pursue certain career paths, doesn’t make girls’ road to economic empowerment any easier. This has implications both at the individual level - in terms of their future labour force participation and lifetime earnings - and at societal level – by hindering their productive and developmental potential. It’s due to those implications that we, as Plan International, work to support and call for a lifecycle and gender transformative approach towards economic empowerment and education. For girls in particular, education and training contribute not only to their confidence, but is essential to increase their opportunities in life.

What about that Feminist Europe?

I strongly believe, as do many others, that the feminist way is the only way for the EU to go, there is no doubt about that. But that –feminist- Europe has to go way beyond isolated policies or propositions. It does not stop where manifestos end. The newly elected Members of the European Parliament have to understand that achieving gender equality is not only about ticking boxes. Closing the gender pay gap alone, although very important, will not make women equal to men.

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