From the 11th to the 14th of October 2022 the European Week of Action for Girls (EWAG) took place, a week-long event organised by a coalition of 8 civil society organisations. Every year around the International Day of the Girl, on the 11th of October, 14 young advocates from around the world come to Brussels to meet EU decision-makers and express their views on the EU’s global role to protect and champion girls’ and youth’s rights. With EWAG celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022, this year's theme was "10 in 10: the world through a girl's eyes" and aimed to depict the world in 10 years for a 10-year-old girl and to identify the remaining challenges to tackle in order to uphold girls’ and women’s rights worldwide.
The week started with the inauguration of a street art exhibition on the Esplanade of the European Parliament to draw attention to girls' and women’s rights. For that occasion, five artists from across the globe created illustrations reflecting on five priorities identified by the young advocates in their Manifesto. EU decision-makers from the European Commission, the European External Action Service and the European Parliament joined EWAG young advocates and civil society organisations to open the exhibition. Throughout the week, the young advocates expressed their recommendations during meetings with Member States representatives at the Czech Republic Permanent Representation, the Gender and Youth Unit of the European Commission DG for International Partnerships (INTPA) and MEPs from the Development Committee in the European Parliament.