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Each year 12 million girls under 18 are married; 130 million girls worldwide are still out of school; and approximately 15 million adolescent girls aged 15-19 have experienced forced sexual activity. The EU is committed to continue its full support to see progress and not regress, for girls and women to achieve gender equality.
Today, the European Commission and the World Health Organization (WHO) are co-hosting the world's first Global Vaccination Summit in Brussels. The aim is to accelerate global action to stop the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, and advocate against the spread of vaccine misinformation worldwide.
“It is crucial to find ways to address inequalities and foster inclusion in order to create conditions for sustainable peace and stability. And inclusion is not just socio-economic, because political inclusion is just as important. It should make people feel they are fully part of society and that they can help shape the future of their society”, said Christian Leffler, EEAS Deputy Secretary-General at the High-level panel of the European Development Days, held in Brussels on 18-19 June.