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August 12th, 2014: International Youth Day: time to reflect on (un)employment

International Youth Day is meant to recognise and celebrate the efforts of youth in enhancing global society. Yet, despite being the future’s backbone, youth is nowadays facing increasing challenges to do so. With youth unemployment rates escalating the world over, International Youth Day might also serve as a reminder of the need for multi-stakeholder action to further the youth participation in the labour market.

August 1st, 2014: GirlPower: from the Shadows to Centre Stage

For many girls around the world traditional norms and values often perform as an over-shadowing element that restricts their lives from the moment they are born. The fourth annual European Week of Action for Girls, entitled “GirlPower: from the Shadows to Centre Stage”, will look into the impact of social norms on girls in all the various settings, especially towards their economic empowerment.

July 23rd, 2014: Girl Summit: securing commitments to protect girls’ rights

More than 125 million girls and women have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) around the world, while a girl is married every 2 seconds.The long awaited Girl Summit brought these topics into the spotlight with the aim of mobilising efforts to tackle violence against girls. New commitments from governments and the wider civil society were secured towards the eradication of these practices in a generation. Plan International pledged to raise more than £21 million (€27.3m) to stop child marriage across Africa and Asia, as well as increasing funding for FGM projects.