Plan International EU Office’s goal is to influence EU external action in order to advance children’s rights and equality for girls. Plan International EU Office represents Plan International to the European Union (EU) institutions, and acts as a coordination hub on EU issues for Plan International’s offices around the world.
The EU is one of the world’s largest and most important actors in development cooperation and humanitarian aid. Influencing its policies, programmes and diplomatic actions therefore has the potential to positively affect the lives of hundreds of millions of children in developing countries.
By combining evidence-based advocacy with bold, impactful campaigning and communications, Plan International EU Office contributes to Plan International’s ambition to further realise children’s rights and to create a global movement for girls’ rights.
We work on the following 3 key areas that can bring significant added-value at EU-level and contribute to transformative change for girls.
YOUTH ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
Ensuring that all young people, including the most marginalised, can unlock their potential through learning relevant skills and accessing decent work, will drive progress towards inclusive, sustainable development. We advocate for EU action to be targeted at ensuring all young people have the opportunities to obtain the qualifications and skills they need to succeed in the world of work.
It is crucial that the EU supports all young people to have their voices heard in decision-making that affects them. Girls are particularly excluded in this regard owing to traditional social and gender norms. We will work with the EU to open up more opportunities for girls and young women to speak out and empower them to take action on issues that matter most to them, allowing them to shape the world around them. Girls and young women must also be given the opportunity to share the knowledge and experience they have gained with others, whether in their local communities or beyond. In this way, we will contribute to re-balancing power relations between men and women, girls and boys and to challenging discriminatory social norms.
EU DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION AND HUMANITARIAN AID IN THE EU BUDGET
While the EU remains the world’s largest donor, pressure on the development cooperation and humanitarian aid budgets has never been greater, despite the increasing needs. We work with the EU institutions to secure more, better, pro-poor aid, with a focus on girls and sustainable development. Together with our partners we aim to safeguard the quantity, quality and core objectives of EU Official Development Assistance (ODA). We advocate for the EU to allocate sufficient resources to meet its commitments to sustainable development and the realisation of children’s rights.
Where can you find us?
Galerie Ravenstein 27/4
1000 Brussels, Belgium
T: +32 2 504 60 50