European Week of Action for Girls / 10-14 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 10-14 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. Through an extensive programme of events, the 2016 Week of Action 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.


Being a girl isn’t child’s play: Help them climb the ladder

European Parliament Esplanade – October 11, 2016 – 12.30-14.00

Join us for a life-size game of snakes and ladders to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child on October 11 at the entrance to the European Parliament! Marking the launch of this year’s edition of the European Week of Action for Girls, the game is open to everyone, and will highlight the obstacles that girls all around the world face in their everyday lives, as well as what the EU can do to empower these girls and improve gender equality around the world, particularly through its development cooperation policy. Speakers will include:

  • Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development
  • Helle Thorning-Schmidt, CEO of Save the Children International
  • Dagmar Schumacher, Director of the Brussels Office of UN Women, speaking on behalf of the United Nations in Brussels
  • Malin Björk, MEP
  • Iratxe Garcia-Perez, MEP and Chair of the FEMM Committee

Register here to attend the launch event



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