European Week of Action for Girls

European Week of Action for Girls

To mark the European Week of Action for Girls, the Education and Development Group compiled relevant projects, links to events, a case study video and a story presenting Europeaid work on Education for Gender Equality.

Because Girls Count: Ideas + Investment = Impact

Speech by Commissioner Neven Mimica at the
Launch Event - Lifesize Game of snakes and ladders held in
commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child,
October 11.

Events held during the European Week of Action for Girls

MONDAY / 10 October

 > Sexuality education and sustainable development: Opportunities for EU development cooperation.

 > Launch of Girls’ Rights Gazette

 > Interviews with parliamentarians on funding for girls Film Screening: Chicas Nuevas 24 Horas

TUESDAY / 11 October

 > Launch Event – Lifesize game of snakes and ladders

 > Film Screening: Driving with Selvi

WEDNESDAY / 12 October

 > Investing in and Empowering Women and Girls in Crisis and Fragility

 > DSW celebrates 25 years



THURSDAY / 13 October

 > Add It Up: Making Budgets Work For Girls


FRIDAY / 14 October

 > Linking evidence and experience: youth empowerment at its best  


Ms. Aida Liha Matejicek, DEVCO B4 Head of Unit - Education, Health, Research, Culture - delivered the opening speech on Girls' Education at the InfoPoint Lunchtime Conference. 

InfoPoint Lunchtime Conference : Girls' Education


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The European Union Delegation in Somalia is supporting the Ministry of Education in establishing Girls' Friendly Spaces in order to improve school girls attendance, literacy, numeracy and life skills. 

Despite notable improvements in recent years, the number of children attending and finalising school in Somalia is among the lowest in the world.

The EU funded Education Sector Development Programme (ESDP) II actions contracted in 2012 was concluded in 2015.

Cumulatively, the programme benefitted 217,000 children, 1,300 teachers and 7,200 youth through the provision of primary education services, teacher training and vocational training opportunities respectively.

The program supported the contruction of 45 new schools, 60 girls' friendly spaces and 219 new classrooms.


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“Culturally, girls feel shy to walk to an exposed toilet when the boys are looking,” said Sabul. “Many girls go home just to go to the toilet, and don’t come back.”

Girls' Friendly Spaces are “special buildings were girls are able to meet, discuss issues that affect their education, and social issues like early marriage and FGM. It’s a space where they can help each other academically, a kind of library. And within the same facility there are toilets - so boys won’t know if girls are going there to read, discuss, or go to the toilet. And that has built tremendously the confidence of girls.”

Mohamen Sabul, Programme Manager, EU Somalia Delegation


Sources: Europeaid, EEAS, EU Delegation to Somalia, EU project reports

Project Implementation:

EU Establishing Girls' Friendly Spaces in Somalia schools

Read more about EU's work in Somalia on Education.



A new hope for early school leaver in Ecuador


"María Paucar is a 17-year old Ecuadorian who left school to work and help her mother support the family. She lives in an Andean community in the province of Cotopaxi.

She had barely finished primary school when she had to start working in a grocery store at the age of 13. That was the end of María’s dreams." 


"María and Pedro have visited several different schools to ask if they could enrol,

but the answer has always been the same: ‘You're much too old to enrol and we cannot accept you’."


"A project run by the DYA (Centre for Development and Self-management) with the financial support of the European Union played a key part in developing this programme and making it a reality today."





"Today thousands of young Ecuadorians who have been out of school for three or more years can resume their studies through a flexible education programme implemented by Ecuador's Ministry of Education. "




Source: Europeaid

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Source: Europeaid

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What Education does for Belize

A Human Rights-Base Approach to Child Protection:
Changing Social Norms and Engaging Civil Society
to End Violence against Girls and Boys

 A Human Rights-Based Approach to Child Protection is fostering social change for the benefit of the most vulnerable boys and girls in selected urban and rural areas in Belize to:


Build the capacity, engage and mobilize civil society organizations, young people and their care-givers to bring an end to violence against children.

Promote the adoption and implementation of rights-based legislative and policy-oriented actions to prevent and mitigate child sexual abuse, corporal punishment and other forms of violence in the home, school and community (HSC)

"Ce n'est pas facile d'être une femme dans cette communauté », confie India, 19 ans. « Nous sommes les principales cibles, ici, et vous verrez souvent des hommes âgés s'en prendre à des filles jeunes et vulnérables." 

Develop new social norms and positive behaviours and attitudes to prevent and mitigate child sexual abuse, corporal punishment and violence in the home, school and Community.

Strengthen child protection systems, in particular the availability, accessibility, and quality of services to survivors of all forms of violence with particular reference to child sexual abuse, corporal punishment and violence in HSC.

"Les jeunes filles de Dangriga sont en mal de repères dans un système où personne ne les pousse à se prendre en charge et où leurs propres mères les encouragent à accepter ces propositions pour secourir leur famille."



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