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What would the EU budget look like should girls take over…

2 May 2018
Later today, the European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, Günther Oettinger, will unveil the European Commission’s proposal for the 2021-2027 EU budget. Expectations are high, with the announcement launching the year-long negotiation process. This marks the moment when all other EU actors – whether in Brussels or the Member States – will enter the fray in order to shape the Europe they want. We are very curious to see Oettinger’s vision – particularly as regards the EU’s external action. But we can’t help wondering what the budget would look like were girls to have taken over designing it…

The next EU budget would be gender-proofed

With gender equality in mind, girls would ensure that the next EU budget is designed in such a way that girls and boys, women and men stand to benefit equally from financial allocations.  That means the budget must be gender-proofed and stand the test of whether, by 2027, sufficient progress has been made towards closing the gender gaps worldwide. What’s more, from an EU perspective, this would be putting money where their mouth is to achieve the EU’s commitment to gender equality.

The next EU budget would invest in girls

Because that’s where gender equality starts. Girls face double discrimination simply because they are both young and female. That makes them one of the most excluded populations in the world. Only through a much greater investment in girls, can we remove the many barriers girls face in fulfilling their potential. Ensuring adequate budget allocations for girl children from birth onwards is paramount for girls’ rights to be realised and ensure that no one is left behind.

The next EU budget would unlock the power of girls and women

The EU must invest more in civil society organisations: they play a crucial role in protecting and realising girls’ rights. That would also help to ensure the budget reflects the EU’s democratic values. The EU should contribute to facilitating a global girls’ rights movement that will strengthen girls’ leadership and voices. By empowering girls and young women, they will take leading roles in the future and be drivers of change influencing social, political and economic decisions contributing to sustainable development in their own contexts.

The EU must put girls at the centre of the EU budget to unleash their power and meet the ambition of Agenda 2030 to leave no one behind.