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.
The 2016 edition took place from 10-14 October and 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. Through an extensive programme of events, the 2016 Week of Action brought attention to funding gaps, and looked to solutions for bridging these gaps, in order to ensure that EU policies are delivering on their commitments and what girls really need.
For the 2016 Week of Action, the organising partners produced an advocacy paper which proposes a number of changes that the EU should make to its overall budgeting practices in order to implement its commitments and make the best use of its resources to empower girls and protect their rights. The paper also focuses specifically on EU external action and particularly EU development cooperation.