Imagine a world in which girls can pursue their own goals, and achieve their own dreams; a world in which girls can actively participate in the decisions which affect them; a world in which girls can be free from violence and live the life they choose. A world in which girls can thrive, inspire and succeed. That is the world we are striving to create.

The European Week of Action for Girls 2017 will put the spotlight on what needs to be done to overcome the barriers girls around the world face, and to ensure their rights are respected, protected and enforced. Through a series of policy, advocacy and campaign activities, we will push the EU to do more, and do better, and to recognise the active role girls play in their communities and societies.

Our objective is to provide concrete, implementable recommendations for how to better protect and promote girls’ rights and empowerment through EU policies, practices and programmes so that they especially benefit the most marginalised and hardest to reach girls.

Now in its 7th year, the European Week of Action for Girls is organised by a coalition of civil society organisations committed to ensuring all girls around the world are able to realise their rights and potential. It is supported by the European Institutions and UN Agencies. This year’s edition takes place from 9 – 13 October 2017, to coincide with and celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child (11 October).

Held under the headline theme of girls’ empowerment, “Girls can…”, the European Week of Action for Girls 2017 will demonstrate 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 European Week of Action 2017 will raise awareness of 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. It will highlight the key role girls themselves play as drivers of change and development, and the importance of engaging them in decisions which affect them.