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article • Friday, May 11th 2018

World Vision at the European Develoment Days 2018

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5-6 June, Stand #84: It Takes Action to End Violence against Girls and Boys - Child-led interactive and multi-media engagement on achieving the Agenda 2030 for girls with boys and girls

While 1.7 billion girls & boys are affected by violence each year, too often girls remain invisible in the march towards sustainable development. Girls face greater obstacles to reaching their full potential because of social norms and increased vulnerabilities to violence. World Vision´s campaign It Takes A World aims to challenge social norms and perceptions around this common practice. The stand will challenge cultural norms and provide a reality check for EDD18 participants through multi-media experiences of children in a joint effort to end violence against girls.

Partners: World Vision

5-6 June, Stand #82: A Sustainable World for All: Stand up against Inequalities! - Empowered Women and Girls. Creating a sustainable and just planet

The EU has 12 years left to achieve the Leave No One Behind principle of Agenda 2030. Still, in EU countries and beyond there are striking inequalities hindering sustainable development: gender inequalities, poverty, tax injustice, climate change. Women & girls face even greater obstacles in reaching their full potential. The stand will RAISE AWARENESS on inequalities faced by women & girls, VOICING OUT the need for equal opportunities, PROMOTING social, economic & political inclusion and HIGHLIGHTING that making SDGs happen is everyone’s business.

Partners: World Vision, European Environmental Bureau, Solidar, Global Call to Action Against Poverty, SDG Watch

5-6 June, Stand #38: Harnessing faith for gender justice - Role of faith in eliminating violence against women and girls

From a lack of agency for women and girls to gender-based violence, the injustice against women and girls is a pressing issue, with serious consequences at a family, community and societal level. Within this context, there is often a conflation of faith as being oppressive to women. But, our experience has shown that faith approaches can positively influence attitudes, behaviours and social relations, and can be a source of protection and empowerment for women and girls. Thus, faith can play a critical role in a restoration of justice and changing the narrative of oppression and exclusion.

Partners: Islamic Relief Worldwide, Finn Church Aid, World Vision International

6 June, Room D6, 14:45 to 16:00: Make it Count: Investing in Girls and Boys for a Sustainable Future - A life-cycle approach to empowering girls to thrive

Making specific and continuous investments in children from early childhood through the second decade of life has the highest transformative potential to break the cycles of poverty and inequality. Yet, girls and women face greater obstacles to reaching their full potential and leading safe, dignified lives due to structural gender inequalities and increased vulnerabilities. More investment is urgently needed for child and adolescent girls and boys. With only 13 years to go until the realization of the 2030 Agenda, time is running out.  The EU has to intensify efforts and accelerate the implementation of its own important legal and policy commitments into adequate resources and effective spending on children specifically.

Partners: European External Action Service, World Vision, ChildFund Alliance, SOS Children's Village, Save the Children

6 June, Room A1, 09.30 to 11.00: What’s Religion got to do with it? - Debating the Good and the Not so Good about Religion and Gender Equality

The Debate will serve to address some of the puzzling issues that have plagued development cooperation and human rights for decades. It will offer an opportunity to stimulate an open and reasoned exchange between differing worldviews which dominate our current global civic polity and challenge policy makers and development practitioners, wishing to understand how religions matter and how to deal with the emerging contending ideas.

Partners: European Commission, UNFPA, World Vision, Circle of Concerned African women Theologians

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