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Girls Speak Out

2 September 2019
The European Week of Action of Girls (EWAG) is a week-long programme of events and activities, based around the International Day of the Girl Child, on Friday 11th October. Now in its seventh year, at the start of a new EU legislature, EWAG asks the newly elected EU representatives to better protect and champion the rights of girls, particularly through external action. Organised by a coalition of civil society organisations, and supported by the European Institutions, the 2019 European Week of Action for Girls takes place from 7 - 11 October.

“I want you all to listen and hear what we have to say, to validate our opinions and encourage us to move forward in our plans to change the world.”, Laura, Plan International Youth Advocate from Ireland

After the 2018 edition shaping the Manifesto “Vote for Girls” and engaging with candidates to the EU elections, the European Week of Action for Girls 2019 will aim at taking the opportunity of the start of a new EU cycle to ensure girls rights are high on the EU agenda for the next five years. It will give girls the opportunity to speak out to newly elected EU decision makers around what needs to be done to overcome the barriers they face and to ensure their rights are respected, protected and fulfilled.

Through a series of informative, fun and targeted policy, advocacy and campaign activities as well as a public event, EWAG partners and young leaders will demand the EU honours its commitments to gender equality and the protection of girls. This means doing more, investing responsibly, and recognising the active role girls play in their communities and societies. Along the lines of the Manifesto produced in 2018, the EWAG will particularly focus on girls’ right to education, combating violence, economic empowered and to participate in decision-making.

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