Brussels, 11 October 2021 (TDI): The European Union (EU) joined the United Nations in commemorating the International Day of the Girl Child 2021 on Monday. The Day is annually celebrated on October 11 to empower young girls around the world and address their issues. The theme of this year’s International Day of the Girl Child is “Digital generation. Our generation.”
The European Union is commemorating the day with a commitment to provide equal rights for girls across the globe. The organization’s goal is to make the girls’ voices heard by its institutions, and their rights to be the center of the EU’s external activities. Stella Ronner-Grubai, the European External Action Service (EEAS) Ambassador for Gender and Diversity, and Brigitte Markussen, Head of the EU’s Delegation to the African Union, are actively working with girl activists across Europe and Africa. Their goal is to enhance the EU-African relationship by focusing on the rights of girls and children at large.
The EU has committed to promoting and defending girls’ rights worldwide in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The new comprehensive EU Child Rights Strategy and the European Child Guarantee aims to place the rights of girls and children at the center of EU policy. Since millions of girls continue to face prejudice and gender-based violence, the EU helps them get access to education, health, and protection from assault, abuse, and neglect.