Agenda of the European Week of Action for Girls


09.00: Launch of the Girls’ Rights Gazette and Twitter #GenderJam
Making girls’ rights front page news, featuring high level articles by EU policymakers, the United Nations and civil society.

Join the Twitter #GenderJam to launch the Gazette and debate a wide range of girls’ issues, from education and health to life in emergencies. Young people, policymakers, media and civil society will share their views and experiences on the challenges girls face and what needs to be done to address them.


09.00-09.30: Launch of Photographic exhibition, “Through her own eyes”
This innovative exhibition documents the lives and challenges of a group of Haitian girls and young women, through their own eyes. It features photographs taken in the aftermath of the 2010 Haitian earthquake and follow up images from 2013.

10.30-12.30: Press briefing, Arthur’s, rue de Trèves 26, 1050 Ixelles
Plan and EPF will organise an informal briefing about the purpose and objectives of the European Week of Action for Girls for press. Two youth participants from Haiti, MEP Mikael Gustafsson and Dagmar Schumacher, Director of UN Women Brussels, will be available for comment and interviews.

18.00-21.30: Girl Rising screening and cocktail reception, Centre for Fine Arts, Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Brussels
As a partner of 10×10, Plan, World Vision and EPF, with the support of the film’s founding sponsor Intel, will host a screening of Girl Rising. Directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, it tells the stories of nine girls from nine countries and documents the power of girls’ education. A cocktail reception will take place before the screening at 18.00. A pre-screening for MEPs will take place on 10 October at 10.00 in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Room N3.1.

Hosted by: Mikael Gustafsson MEP, Chair of the European Parliament’s Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee
Opening remarks:
- Alexandra Makaroff, Head of Plan EU Office
- Vaneca, Youth Representative from Haiti
- Brendan Cannon, EMEA coordinator for Intel’s Girls and Women initiative
- Antonio Vigilante, Director UNDP / UN Brussels
- Belgian Foreign Ministry (tbc)


14.00-15.30: EPF-UNFPA-IPPF EN-MSI Roundtable on Adolescent Pregnancy, European Parliament, Brussels, Room JAN 6Q1
This roundtable debate aims to raise awareness of adolescent pregnancy as a health, rights and development issue and will call on the EU to ensure the needs of adolescent girls are taken into account in EU policy and programming.

Hosted by: Véronique Mathieu Houillon MEP and Antonyia Parvanova MEP


12.00-14.00: Plan Roundtable, “In Double Jeopardy: Adolescent girls and disasters”, European Parliament, Brussels, Room A35-E
The roundtable will serve as the occasion for the EU launch of Plan International’s 2013 “State of the World’s Girls” report, which focuses on adolescent girls in humanitarian emergencies. It argues that addressing adolescent girls’ needs is a key missing element of humanitarian work, without which the whole community suffers. As such, it asks decision makers in the humanitarian world to ensure that adolescent girls in disasters are supported, protected, and listened to. In short, that they are no longer invisible when a disaster strikes.

The debate will therefore draw attention to the particular needs and vulnerabilities of adolescent girls in emergency contexts, and consider the EU’s role in addressing these.

Hosted by: Michèle Striffler MEP, European Parliament Permanent Rapporteur on Humanitarian Aid


11.00-13.00: “Girls and the future development framework. What is the role of the EP to empower girls as the drivers of change?” MEP assistants’ and policy advisors training, European Parliament, Brussels, Room A5G-1
Organised by DSW, EPF, IPPF EN, MSI and Stop Aids Alliance, this informal training session aims to provide MEP assistants with further information about how girls’ rights can be protected in the post-2015 agenda.

Hosted by: Sophie in ‘t Veld MEP, Chair of the EPWG on Reproductive Health HIV/AIDS and Development