Plan International CEO’s intervention was all about underlining the "need to put girls’ rights at the top of the EU agenda by adopting an EU feminist international development policy that truly fights inequalities". As she stated in a recent blog “none of the negative things that affect girls are an accident, but the result of specific actions by people in power. Therefore, powerful institutions like the EU must make girls’ rights central to their agenda if we are to help girls succeed in changing the world.”
none of the negative things that affect girls are an accident, but the result of specific actions by people in power
In addition, she sent a strong call to consider the Sustainable Development Goals not as a set of unfulfilled goals, but as a fundamental transformative agenda that we should implement with a sense of urgency. This was echoed by other panelists who agreed that the EU must ensure that its Development Cooperation priorities seek to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals above all and follow the principle of leaving no-one behind. In order to do so, the EU must put people at the centre of development cooperation and invest in young people and girls.
Discussing the development priorities for the next European Commission and Parliament is not enough. We now have the opportunity to shape these priorities through the next EU budget. Plan International EU Hub has been working with EU institutions to ensure that the SDGs, girls’ rights and the fight against inequality are reflected in the next 7-year EU budget. During the second panel of the event, EU HR/ VP Federica Mogherini also reiterated the importance of investing in the SDGs, human development, gender equality and youth. So what are we waiting for to act?
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