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Girls Connect to shape the EU-Africa Partnership

8 July 2020
This year, the European Week of Action for Girls (EWAG) is back! For the eighth time, we will make sure International Day of the Girl takes centre stage. As a coalition of nine civil society organisations, we are creating a space for the youth’s voices to be heard by the European Union (EU) Institutions in Brussels. In 2020, we’ll do things slightly differently, we’ll do it the youth’s way! In 2019, the EWAG youth activists spoke out in the European Parliament, and were the ones on the panel, having one-on-one advocacy meetings. They were the ones advocating for their rights and what they believe the EU must do to champion them all over the world. In 2020, our group of over 20 young activists will be coming together online, directly from their communities in Europe and Africa. The objective is to create a platform to ensure youth's voices are heard and taken into account when the European Commission sets up the priorities for the EU-Africa Partnership.

This year, EWAG will focus on the relationship between the European Union and the African Union (AU). The European Commission wants to create an equal partnership with Africa. Both sides, the European Union and the African Union, will have the opportunity to discuss the partnership during a Summit planned for the end of October 2020. Young people and women have already been highlighted as a key priority group for the renewed partnership. Through EWAG, we want to make sure that girls and young women in particular are not left behind, and that their voices and priorities are heard prior to and during the summit. We have pre-selected a number of themes that the young advocates, coming from the EU and AU, can build on: health, with a focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender-based violence, education, and youth economic empowerment, as well as participation in decision-making.

In this context and unlike the previous editions, we will go fully digital! From the summer till the fall the EWAG youth advocates will connect, exchange and formulate their messages, design their action plans and come up with strategies to make sure their voices are heard. You will be able to hear them out on different social media channels, by keeping an eye out for #GirlsConnect. The International Day of the Girl will be pivotal for this year’s EWAG, so expect us to call on you to amplify the youth’s calls. Together we can make a change!

EWAG 2020 Advocacy Paper.

For more information contact Ischi Graus (ischi.graus@plan-international.org) or Fatima Awil (fawil@endfgm.eu). More on www.europeanweekofactionforgirls.org.

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