11 oct girl

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.

It takes place from 08-12 October 2012, to celebrate the first ever International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October.


09.00: Launch of the Girls’ Rights Gazette
Making girls’ rights front page news, featuring articles by Martin Schulz, Catherine Ashton, Michelle Bachelet and more

12.00: To young to wed: Photographic exhibition
Hosted by Véronique Mathieu MEP, located at the Espace Cheval (ground floor of the ASP building). The exhibition features photography by Stephanie Sinclair and is supported by the United Nations Population Fund and the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development. The event runs until 12 October.

14.00: Your opinion counts
Launch of a global youth poll on girls’ rights. which aims to gather the views of young people in European and developing countries on the most pressing challenges facing girls worldwide. It is supported by a coalition of seven youth and development organisations and is available in 15 languages.


14.00: #GenderJam
Join the Twitter #GenderJam focusing on girls and education, violence and emergencies. Young people, policymakers, media and civil society share their views and experiences on the challenges girls face and what they think needs to be done to address them.


14.00 Opening of Girls’ Rights Bus
Learn about the issues aboard Brussels’ only Girls’ Rights Bus

15.00 A day in the life
Opening of a photographic exhibition on the Girls’ Rights Bus, looking at the challenges and opportunities of being a girl


09.30-10.00 International Day of the Girl Child
Ceremonial event on the Girls’ Rights Bus with Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Special Representative for Human Rights, MEPs Véronique Mathieu, Jean Lambert, Edite Estrela, Director of UNICEF Brussels Phillipe Cori, Karen Schroh, Head of Plan EU Office, Daphne Dotsios, youth activist.

10.00-11.30 Learning for life?
Policy debate and launch of Plan International’s report and global campaign on girls’ education, Because I am a Girl. European Parliament ASP building, room A5e-3. To launch Plan’s global Because I am a Girl campaign, our panel of experts highlight the role of girls’ education in meeting the EU’s development targets and discuss how the barriers girls face in accessing, and completing, a quality basic education can be overcome. Refreshments provided.

Hosted by: Véronique Mathieu MEP

Speakers: Marie Paule Roudil, Head of UNESCO Brussels, Kristian Schmidt, Director of Human and Society Development DG Devco, Maria Marinaki, Managing Director for Global and Multilateral Issues at the European External Action Service, Karen Schroh, Head of Plan EU Office, Daphne Dotsios, youth activist.


09.30-11.30 Girls’ right to health
Training for MEP assistants, political advisors and European Parliament staff. European Parliament, ASP building A5e-3

For more information contact Louise Hagendijk, Email: Louise.hagendijk@plan-iternational.org, Tel: 0032 2504 6056