European Week of Action for Girls

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.

Organised by a partnership of Brussels-based NGOs, The Week 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.

2017 Edition

The 8th 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.