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European Week of Action for Girls 2013: Policy recommendations to the EU

Overview

The European Week of Action for Girls 2013 calls on the EU institutions to promote and protect all girls’ rights worldwide by ensuring girls are visible in policies and programming. By doing so, the EU will play an important role in helping girls to unleash their potential as powerful drivers of change.

In this paper, they highlight a number of recommendations in key thematic areas of EU policy and programming, as well as improvements in policy-making processes which are fundamental to creating lasting change in girls’ lives and to enabling them to fulfil their potential, without
any type of discrimination. The partners urge the EU to: 

  • Increase its support to partner countries to offer a minimum of nine years of quality education in a safe and secure environment to all girls and boys
  • Prioritise girls as a target group in its support to health systems strengthening in partner countries
  • Work with partner countries to produce fully costed nutrition plans focusing on girls’ and women’s needs and combatting discrimination in food intake.
  • Work with partner countries to strengthen national child protection systems and prioritise genderbased violence.
  • Adopt a true Human Rights-Based Approach to all its policies, but especially to those impacting on marginalised people in partner countries
  • Promote just and inclusive governance in international fora and with partner countries
  • Fulfil its commitments to Policy Coherence for Development
  • Make Data Collection and Monitoring relevant for girls.

Executive Summary

Executive Summary

The partners of the European Week of Action for Girls 2013 call on the EU institutions to promote and protect all girls’ rights worldwide by ensuring girls are visible in policies and programming. By doing so, the EU will play an important role in helping girls to unleash their potential as powerful drivers of change.

In this paper, they highlight a number of recommendations in key thematic areas of EU policy and programming, as well as improvements in policy-making processes which are fundamental to creating lasting change in girls’ lives and to enabling them to fulfil their potential, without any type of discrimination. The partners urge the EU to: 

  • Increase its support to partner countries to offer a minimum of nine years of quality education in a safe and secure environment to all girls and boys
  • Prioritise girls as a target group in its support to health systems strengthening in partner countries
  • Work with partner countries to produce fully costed nutrition plans focusing on girls’ and women’s needs and combatting discrimination in food intake.
  • Work with partner countries to strengthen national child protection systems and prioritise genderbased violence.
  • Adopt a true Human Rights-Based Approach to all its policies, but especially to those impacting on marginalised people in partner countries
  • Promote just and inclusive governance in international fora and with partner countries
  • Fulfil its commitments to Policy Coherence for Development
  • Make Data Collection and Monitoring relevant for girls.
  • Recommendations