“Failure to put women’s and girls’ needs and concerns explicitly in humanitarian work undermines the effectiveness of relief efforts.” Michelle Bachelet, Former Executive Director of UN Women.
Host: MEP Michèle Striffler, European Parliament Permanent Rapporteur on Humanitarian Aid
Date: 16 October 2013, 12.00-14.00 (sandwich buffet provided)
Location: European Parliament, Room A5E-3
Moderator: Alexandra Makaroff, Head of Plan EU Office
Claus Sorensen, Director General DG ECHO, European Commission
Hermine, Haitian youth representative and child rights activist
Katie Tong, Adolescent Girls in Emergencies Specialist, Plan International
Marie-France Bourgeois, Senior Programme Advisor, Unicef
Disasters are not experienced in a vacuum. What happens to an adolescent girl in such times is directly related to attitudes to women and girls in the wider community and the political economic, social and cultural context.
The effects of a disaster are felt by everyone involved. But girls, particularly adolescent girls, face even greater risks than their male counterparts: they are are more likely to miss out on food, to drop out of school, be forced into marriage or resort to transactional sex to meet their, and their families’ basic needs.
In Double Jeopardy: Adolescent Girls and Disasters report launch and policy debate
Plan’s policy roundtable, hosted by MEP Michèle Striffler, will draw attention to the particular needs and vulnerabilities of adolescent girls in emergencies, while analysing the particular role of the EU in addressing these.
Currently, the needs of adolescent girls are not addressed in humanitarian work, with negative consequences for the entire community. For this reason, Plan’s 2013 State of the World’s Girls report calls on policymakers to ensure adolescent girls in emergencies are supported, protected, heard and no longer invisible when disaster strikes.
In particular, the report asks donors, world leaders and international organisations to:
• Acknowledge that, in emergency situations, girls and boys have different needs, which depend also on their age.
• Invest in protecting and supporting girls (in particular adolescent girls) in disaster situations.
• Assure that data disaggregated by sex and age is collected, and conduct research on the situation of girls in humanitarian emergencies.
Please note that seats are limited and must be reserved in advance by emailing Raffaela.firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you require an access pass for the European Parliament, please also provide your full name, date of birth, nationality and ID/passport number.
European Week of Action for Girls
This event takes place in the context of the European Week of Action for Girls 2013, which is held under the theme “Making the invisible visible: Girls as drivers of change”.
The European Week of Action for Girls is organised by Plan EU Office under the patronage of the President of the European Parliament and in partnership with United Nations Brussels.
For more information about the week, go to plan-eu.org