We are pleased to present Plan Europe’s Annual Review, an overview of Plan’s work with the EU and partners during 2012 on child rights, gender equality, development and humanitarian aid
Plan’s vision is of a world where children realise their full potential, and in 2012 we took another step towards this with the launch of our global campaign on girls’ rights, Because I am a Girl. In Brussels, we were overwhelmed by the support from the European Parliament, Commission, External Action Service and UN agencies for the events we organised to mark the first ever International Day of the Girl Child.
Our priority in 2012 was to ensure children are visible in the EU’s 2014-2020 budget. While the European Parliament endorsed our recommendations, we will continue to work with Member States to ensure children’s place in the budget is secured.
Plan also reacted to crises in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, raising with the ECHO the importance of child protection and education in
emergencies, as well as the specific risks and challenges faced by girls. We will build on this work in 2013 with the next Because I am a Girl report
focusing on girls in emergencies.
Finally, we undertook a number of activities to support young people’s participation in EU decision making, but the most powerful voice for
children – especially girls – in 2012 was Malala Yousafzai. She showed Europe, and the world, that children are not just passive recipients of aid
but powerful development actors and human rights defenders, and we were proud to support her fight for girls’ education.