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Girls Action Plan in India

Overview

The European Union’s Gender Action Plan II is coming to an end in 2020. As an organisation working with and for children and youth with a focus on girls, Plan International believes that it is essential to consider age and not only gender in the next Gender Action Plan (GAP III). Girls, in all their diversity, have specific needs that are distinct from those of adult women, and their priorities should be heard and integrated in the GAP III, as “nothing should be decided for girls without girls!” (young woman consulted, India). In order to identify their needs and expectations, we conducted a consultation with girls and young women in three countries[1], including the Republic of India. This country specific brief presents the results of the consultation in India, and lays out girls and young women’s priorities on several themes for the implementation of the next GAP III in their country through the European Union Delegation.

 

[1] Please find the Girls Action Plan presenting the results from the three participating countries on https://plan-international.org/eu/Girls-Action-Plan

Executive Summary

Girls Action Plan - India

The European Union’s Gender Action Plan II is coming to an end in 2020. As an organisation working with and for children and youth with a focus on girls, Plan International believes that it is essential to consider age and not only gender in the next Gender Action Plan (GAP III). Girls, in all their diversity, have specific needs that are distinct from those of adult women, and their priorities should be heard and integrated in the GAP III, as “nothing should be decided for girls without girls!” (young woman consulted, India). In order to identify their needs and expectations, we conducted a consultation with girls and young women in three countries[1], including the Republic of India. This country specific brief presents the results of the consultation in India, and lays out girls and young women’s priorities on several themes for the implementation of the next GAP III in their country through the European Union Delegation.

The overarching themes for the consultation were chosen based on the European Commission’s consultation with civil society on the GAP III conducted in April 2020, namely digitalisation, voice and participation, social and economic rights, sexual and gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive health and rights, peace and security, and climate. On each topic, the young people told us about their experiences, the challenges they face, the solutions they would see fit, and their priorities. The top three overarching priorities for girls and young women in India are addressing gender norms (for 79% of participants), supporting girls and young women’s social and economic rights (for 77% of participants) and their participation in decision-making (for 50% of participants).

Through the consultation, the young people were introduced to the European Union and the Gender Action Plan, and the role of the EU in their lives. Several young people expressed their enthusiasm at being consulted and having their voices heard. They also mentioned that they believe the GAP III can make a difference for gender equality and girls’ lives in their countries.

Young people in India think that the EU can achieve change thanks to its values including gender equality (79% of participants), as well as through its support for and consultations with activists and civil society organisations (52%), and through dialogue with partner governments (44%).

 

[1] Please find the Girls Action Plan presenting the results from the three participating countries on https://plan-international.org/eu/Girls-Action-Plan

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