Education and Economic Empowerment

To address education and economic empowerment of girls, we recommend that the AU-EU Strategy and its implementation:

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. The EWAG young advocates highlight the importance of scholarships and making sure girls are safe on the way to and from school.

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. Support girls’ access to digital devices, and 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 by ensuring equal opportunities and fighting gender norms and stereotypes. Whether it is in education or in the workplace, EWAG young advocates urge the Partnership to address gender norms that confine girls and boys to certain subjects and later, lead to occupational segregation and gender-based discrimination in the workplace. Girls should be empowered to access the job of their choice, 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 (such as the gender pay gap) and ensuring access to decent jobs and social protection.

Have a look at our advocacy paper.