Education and Economic Empowerment

To ensure girls will have access to education and economic empowerment, we recommend that the EU-Africa strategy and its implementation must:

1) Promote access to and completion of quality, inclusive education at all levels for all girls and young women, in safe learning environments, including in conflict and crises settings

2) Take measures to promote girls as drivers of the digital transformation and to address the digital gender divide, which is as relevant as ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Promote digital skills and girls’ participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) subjects including by tackling occupational stereotypes and gender biases in curricula

3) Support young women’s economic empowerment, including in fragile and forced displacement settings, through quality, inclusive training programmes and skills development (including green skills for a green economy), equal access to productive and financial resources for young women entrepreneurs, and by fighting discriminatory laws and practices and ensuring access to decent jobs and social protection. 

Have a look at our advocacy paper.