The EU comprehensive strategy with Africa

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On 9 March 2020, the European Commission (EC) and the European External Action Service (EEAS) published their Joint Communication ‘Towards a Comprehensive Strategy with Africa’, which provides a framework for the discussion that will take place at the 6th EU-AU Summit in October 2020. As Plan International, we are convinced that Youth Economic Empowerment (YEE) should be a key pillar for this renewed partnership and that it is essential to support a gender transformative approach at the same time, to ensure all young people, including young women, have the skills, knowledge and competence they need to succeed. Building on our first set of recommendations from February 2020, we would like to take it a step further and demonstrate how the EU-AU partnership can give girls and young women the opportunity to be whatever they want to be. 

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The EU's comprehensive strategy with Africa


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