On the International Day of the Girl* and with the support of Erasmus+, we have the honor and pleasure to invite you to participate in our International Conference about Girl*’s and young women*’s empowerment: Strength - Courage - Solidarity.

This conference's aim is to share the findings of our empowerment project, initiate social change, and encourage the formation of Girls* Empowerment Centers in other cities and countries.

Our project’s goal is to enhance the participation of girls* and young women in their role as engaged citizens in all spheres of social, public and economic life. We believe that empowerment and primary violence prevention play a key role.

At the conference we will discuss the following issues:

  • theory and practice of girl*’s and young women*’s empowerment as a tool for gender equality
  • intersectional perspective in empowerment work
  • how to open and run girl*’s empowerment centres
  • how to implement empowerment education for girls* and young women*
  • how to be an empowerment educator
  • recommendations and standards for policies and decision-makers.


  • Introduction Speech
  • Courage Matters: why progress needs brave female leaders 
  • Sylwia Spurek - Ambassador of Autonomia; member of European Parliament Girls Empowerment Center, Group of the Greens / European Free Alliance, vice-chair of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality EP

Keynote speeches:

  • Why we need empowerment education and spaces for girl*’s and young women*’s empowerment.
  • Ewa Rutkowska - member of the Board of Autonomia Foundation and Antidiscrimination Education Society empowerment, anti-discrimination trainer and expert, teacher, author of reports and publications on equality and education. 
  • Catriona Graham - Policy and Campaigns Officer // European Women's Lobby
  • Marlize Andre - representing WIDE+ network


  • Presentation of project results
  • Operating model for Girls Empowerment Centers 
  • Empowerment Education Curriculum for girls* and young women*
  • Competence model and training program for empowerment educators for girls* and young women*
  • Model of Girls* Empowerment – Standards and Recommendations
  • Q&A

Keynote speeches

  • Bianca Strzeja 
  • Good practices on the national level: The Contact and Coordination office for work with girls in the state of Brandenburg (KuKMA). 
  • Girl*’ and young women’s* voices 



  • Exhibition: WHY WE NEED NEW HEROINES. WAVE has just published a 28-page brochure with cartoons by female artists, who imagined and presented their vision of an inspirational role model, the character of a Shero – a female hero, a role model who is an agent of positive change in society.


Organiser's contact details

info/press: Hind Acil, Garance asbl; hindgarance@gmail.com