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European Week of Action for Girls 2016

Girls Count: Ideas + Investment = Impact.


The European Week of Action for Girls, organised by a coalition of 10 civil society organisations focusing on child, youth and/or gender issues, and supported by the United Nations Brussels, is an annual week-long event which aims to ensure that girls’ empowerment is promoted and their rights are protected and fulfilled in the EU’s external action, through adequate policies, funding and programs.

Through a series of policy, advocacy, media, arts, campaigning and youth-focused events, EWAG highlights the power and potential of girls as development actors and agents of change, as well as the particular challenges they face in realising their rights and the EU’s role in addressing these.

This year’s edition, under the theme “Girls Count: Ideas + Investments = Impact” will put the focus on how the EU should maintain and increase its investments in external action towards the mobilisation of resources and specific budgeting to empowering girls and protecting their rights. The Week of Action 2016 will bring attention to funding gaps, and look to solutions for bridging these gaps, in order to ensure that EU policies are delivering on their commitments and what girls really need.

The European Week of Action for Girls 2016, is organised under the Patronage of Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development and of the European Parliament. 

Why focus on Budgeting for girls?

Girls make up approximately one billion of the world’s total population, and continue to face discrimination and inequalities on a grand scale – a situation which perpetuates across generations.

Yet, not only is girls’ rights and empowerment a human rights prerogative, but we also know that it has a catalytic effect in breaking the inter-generational cycle of poverty. For example, girls who benefit from a quality secondary education will be better equipped to make informed choices, improving not only their own lives, but also those of their families and communities.  Everyone benefits, including boys and men.

Investing in girls is one of the most effective uses of EU money and is key to tackling rising inequality, promoting stability and fostering sustainable and inclusive growth. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development acknowledges this by specifically mentioning girls in many of its targets, and through its overarching principle of “leaving no one behind” emphasising the need to pay specific attention to girls.

If the EU truly intends to implement and achieve its commitments to girls and women, this must be reflected through the allocation of adequate and sufficient funds, and gender-sensitive budgets delivering what girls really need.

The European Week of Action for Girls 2016, organised by a coalition of 10 civil society organisations focusing on child, youth and/or gender issues, and supported by the United Nations Brussels will put the focus on how the EU should maintain and increase its investments in external action towards the mobilisation of resources and specific budgeting to empowering girls and protecting their rights. A series of events, campaigns and activities will bring attention to funding gaps, and look to solutions for bridging these gaps, in order to ensure that EU policies are delivering on their commitments and what girls really need.

Learn more at europeanweekofactionforgirls.org.

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