European Institute of Women’s Health highlights power of  Adolescent Girls in the EU and across the World

11 October 2015 —This year marks the 4th annual International Day of the Girl Child, a day established by the United Nations to highlight the rights and challenges facing girls throughout the world. The fifth annual European Week of Action for Girls (EWAG) is also being held from 11th to 17th of October under the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) to promote the empowerment and protect rights of girls through EU policies, funding and programmes.

The European Institute of Women’s Health (EIWH) joins the United Nations and the EU to mark these important events and calls on its members, friends, colleagues and the international community as a whole to join us to raise awareness and support this year’s theme, “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.” The EIWH calls for investment in girls—in their health, education and security—to reduce inequities and promote empowerment in order to have a stable and prosperous society, both in the EU and throughout the world.

This year’s theme focuses achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly those that help girls. The EIWH supports the goals like achieving gender equality by 2030. As the Institute celebrates its twenty-year anniversary in 2016, we will strive to continue our cross-border mulit-sectoral work to reduce the inequities facing women and their families.

Only by working together across borders utilising a comprehensive approach, can we as a society truly address the social, economic and political barriers that many young girls face throughout the world”

said Peggy Maguire, Director General of the EIWH.

For more information, please contact:

Peggy Maguire, Director General of the European Institute of Women’s Health,

+353 86 822 5576


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