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 2017 edition of the week took place from 9 – 13 October. The centrepiece of the week 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.
Under the headline theme of girls’ empowerment, “Girls can…”, the European Week of Action for Girls 2017 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 European Week of Action draws attention to the daily reality of girls across the world, particularly in the fields of protection from violence, recognition of sexual and reproductive rights, leadership, education and employment. It will highlight the key role girls themselves play as drivers of change and development, and the importance of engaging them in decisions which affect them.