The European Week of Action for Girls (EWAG) is a week-long programme of events and activities, based around the International Day of the Girl Child, on Monday 11th October.
Every year, the European Week of Action for Girls (EWAG) gathers young advocates to advance girls’ rights and gender equality in the EU space. Looking at the next AU-EU Summit happening in February 2022, this year EWAG is providing a platform for girls to speak out about how the AU-EU Partnership can reflect their aspirations and unlock their potential, under the slogan #GirlsUnite.
Our young advocates think that the new partnership needs to put the issues that affect girls and young women in the EU and the AU at its centre. The main key areas they identified are: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), Education and Economic Empowerment and Political Participation.
For each of these areas, our young advocates shared their recommendations for the new AU-EU Partnership.
The 2021 edition
For the 2021 edition of EWAG, the Coalition organised a series of events bringing decision-makers and young people together to share their views and debate the way forward. The events cover a range of activities, such as: panel discussions with decision-makers from the EU and AU, exchanges with Member states, opinion pieces featured in European media, digital communications activations, and more. It is worth mentioning that the campaign has been offered the Patronage of the European Parliament, as an endorsement of its mission. The 2021 edition brings together more than 30 young advocates from Africa and Europe.