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The Gender Action Plan remains part of the adjusted work programme of the European Commission

27 May 2020
Since the beginning of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the lives of girls and women, boys and men around the world. The EU is currently implementing its response, including through external action, requiring both financial and human resources. A revision of the European Commission’s work plan is therefore understandable.

With regards to the adjusted work programme for 2020 that has just been unveiled by the European Commission, we welcome the fact that the timeline for the renewal of the EU’s Gender Action Plan (GAP III) has been maintained. The prioritisation of gender equality and girls and young women at a time when their rights are challenged more than ever and inequalities are exacerbated sends a positive signal. On top of an immediate, gender-transformative response to COVID-19, the timely adoption of the GAP III will bring much needed guidance for the promotion of gender equality on the long term. Plan International (EU Office) will continue to collaborate with the EU to highlight the needs and priorities of girls and young women in external action, now and for the upcoming five years.