European Week of Action for Girls / 10-16 October 2016

The European Week of Action for Girls 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.

This year’s edition, taking place from 10-16 October 2016 to coincide with and celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child (11 October), 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 Week will feature a series of activities on the theme of funding for girls.

EWAG in 2015
Last year’s Week of Action focused on what the freshly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) mean for Girls. You can take a look back on some of the outputs from the week here:

Photography Exhibition

The 2015 Week of Action launched in the Luxembourg Permanent Representation to the EU with a photography exhibition consisting of the 17 photos, each representing the importance of girls’ equal participation in the context of each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The exhibition was subsequently displayed in the Belgian parliament and during the 2016 European Development Days. It was also featured in The Guardian and has been shared over 15,000 times.



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