For its twelfth edition, the European Development Days (EDD), took place on 5-6 June 2018,  and aimed to ensure the European Union’s commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Gender equality and women’s empowerment are at the core of European values and are enshrined within the EU’s legal and political framework.

The event focused on the vital role of women and the need for their full and equal participation and leadership in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

EFC member, Mama Cash, spoke at a panel hosted by the Fund for Global Human Rights on 6 June at 10:45 am focusing on the impact closing civic space is having on women human rights defenders, and ultimately, sustainable development for women and girls.

You can read more about the session details on the website, and if you want to know more about how development actors and funders are experiencing the space for civil society and what they are doing to engage around re-opening space for civil society, please read the 2017 joint EFC/FICS study on the matter.