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Commemorating the International Day of the Girl Child

Commemorating the International Day of the Girl Child

On the International Day of the Girl Child, Commissioner Piebalgs said: "We have said time and again that women and girls are at the heart of everything we do. As such, we make sure that EU development aid programmes systematically take them into account.

I am glad to see now that EU citizens share our view on this. A Eurobarometer opinion poll earlier this year showed that 78% of Europeans think that having more women in positions of political power in developing countries would “make things better”. In fact, over three quarters of respondents said that getting more women into leading roles in developing countries would improve respect for human rights. As many as 65% of respondents believe that it would even prevent conflict and war. It’s vital that every woman is given the chance to fulfil her potential, no matter where she lives, and this starts from childhood. The empowerment of women and girls is central to EU development cooperation as a vehicle for development itself."

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