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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.
More than 3,000 academic exchange opportunities will be available for students and academic staff to study teach and train, thanks to the EU's Erasmus+ new Call for Proposals for Russia with a total budget of EUR 17 million. The EU has kicked off an awareness raising campaign to inform young people in Russia about these opportunities between the EU and Russia.