Young advocates at the European Parliament

A youth-led public event organised in the framework of the European Week of Action for Girls (EWAG) and under the patronage of the European Parliament.

The event will bring together EWAG young advocates, MEPs and representatives from the European Commission to have an exchange on the EU’s work to advance girls’ rights worldwide over the past few years, as well as discuss how to better advance girls rights in EU external action after the 2024 EU elections.

The European Union must strengthen its role as a global champion for girls, supporting their right to decide about their own lives, creating a world in which they can actively participate and thrive.

Youth advocates will present the issues that matter most to them and will exchange with EU institutions on steps to take to advance these issues. It will be also an opportunity for EU decision makers to ask questions to the youth and hear their perspectives on what is needed globally to ensure girls’ rights are respected, protected and fulfilled. Youth advocates will speak up on shaping the EU agenda to ensure the EU becomes a true global champion for girls.

The exchange will include young advocates:

Mana, Belgium, 20 years
Peppi, Finland, 20 years
Shamsa, Tanzania, 23 years
Prekshya, Nepal, 17 years
Dameli, Kazakhstan, 19 years

And EU decision makers:

Jonna Naumanen, Senior Advisor to the EU Ambassador for Gender and Diversity for the European External Action Service (EEAS)
Chiara Adamo, Head of Unit of Governance, Democracy, Gender Equality, Human Rights (European Commission, DGINTPA G1)
• MEP Ilan De Basso, Sweden, S&D
• MEP Barry Andrews, Ireland, Renew Europe Group
• MEP Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, Germany, Group of the Greens

Join the conversation with #EU4Girls and #IDG2023!