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Jean Lambert London's Green MEP

Jean Lambert MEP welcomes European Parliament support for International Day of the Girl

Green MEP for London, Jean Lambert has today welcomed European Parliament support for an International Day of the Girl; an annual day of advocacy which would highlight the plight faced by girls and young women in Europe and around the world.

Almost 400 members of the European Parliament from across the 27 Member States have signed the Written Declaration 39/11{1} which supports the proposal to proclaim 22nd September as the International Day of the Girl, sending a powerful message to European leaders of the support that exists for the initiative before it is voted upon in the United Nations next week.

Research by Plan Europe concludes that the majority of girls and young women around the world face discrimination and often violence and exclusion.  Girls and women are less likely to be enrolled in school, have less access to medical care and are more likely to suffer from malnutrition.  At the same time, it has been proven that investing in girls is key to reducing global poverty.  For example, girls who spend an extra year at school will on average increase their lifetime income by 10 to 20 per cent.

Jean, a co-signatory to the Written Declaration, said: “I am delighted that the European Parliament has shown such overwhelming support for this important declaration ahead of Monday’s UN vote.  It is a shameful fact of life that girls and young women are among the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people on the planet, despite being one of its most valuable assets.

“There is no better investment than helping future generations of young women fulfil their potential.  An International Day of the Girl would help ensure that girls and women around the world receive the support and recognition they deserve as citizens in their own right and as powerful agents of change.”

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