European Week of Action for Girls

The European Week of Action of Girls (EWAG) is a week-long programme of events and activities, based around the International Day of the Girl Child, on Thursday 11th October. Now in its sixth year EWAG asks the EU to better protect and champion the rights of girls, particularly through its external action. Organised by a coalition of civil society organisations, and supported by the European Institutions and UN Agencies, the 2018 European Week of Action for Girls takes place from 8 – 12 October.

The European Week of Action for Girls 2018 will give girls the opportunity to  talk to EU decision-makers and help shape a better world for all girls. They will address EU leaders on what needs to be done to overcome the barriers they face and to ensure their rights are respected, protected and fulfilled.

This year, the EWAG will particularly focus on girls’ right to education, combatting violence,  economic empowered and to participate in decision-making.

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2017 Edition

The 5th edition of The Week of Action took place from 9 – 13 October 2017. Under the headline theme of girls’ empowerment, “Girls can…”, The Week demonstrated what girls can achieve when their rights are respected and protected. When they are protected, empowered and supported to fulfil their rights, girls can thrive, inspire and succeed.

The centrepiece was the inaugural European Week of Action for Girls “Girls’ Summit” which was held on 11 October to mark the International Day of the Girl Child. Read the summit recommendations here.


Photo Exhibition

Our photo exhibition consists of  17 photos representing the importance of girls’ equal participation in the context of each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The exhibition was displayed in the Belgian parliament and during the 2016 European Development Days. It was also featured in The Guardian and has been shared over 19,000 times.