Economic Empowerment

Ensure the economic empowerment of girls and young women

  • Call for a dedicated budget to promote youth entrepreneurship and employment in partner countries in the next MFF, with a clear focus on girls young women;
  • Call for an increased and specific focus in EU policy and practice to improve young women’s land tenure, financial literacy, inclusion, market access, as well as to support the development of local micro, small and medium enterprises and young and female smallholders and entrepreneurs, to contribute to equality of employment and education opportunities;
  • Call on the EU only to invest in private sector actors which respect and contribute to the fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement and the Decent Work Agenda, thus promoting workers’ rights and the UN business and human rights principles;
  • Call on the EU to invest in capacity building for youth-, grassroots- and community-led organisations, including in terms of finance and project management, to ensure their empowerment and resilience. In addition, the European Parliament should call for lightening administrative requirements and lowering grants’ amounts so that EU funding can be more accessible to these organisations.

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