100 million reasons to act for girls
Plan International has a bold new ambition to work with 100 million girls to transform their lives
Our global organisation has a new ambition for its work with all children, our partners and supporters during the next 5 years:
So that vulnerable children have the skills they need to succeed in life and work, we are working to ensure:
- Governments invest in more children completing secondary education
- Children, especially girls, in conflict and emergency settings are educated in safety
- Young people have the knowledge and opportunities to earn and manage money
Hanin, 14, fled her home town in Syria to seek safety in Egypt. “Everything changed in my life after I left Syria,” she says. “I miss my brother and sister, my home and my friends.”
We’re providing classes and school materials for refugee children like Hanin who have missed out on school through conflict. She wants to be a doctor.
So that vulnerable and excluded children have the power to take action on issues that matter to them, we are working to ensure:
- Children and young people have a stronger voice
- Decision-makers build ways for them to voice their opinions
- Governments establish and enforce laws that advance their rights
Christiana escaped a marriage she was forced into when she was 16 and joined Plan International Sierra Leone’s Girl Power Project. “I advocate for my friends because I do not want anyone to experience the same difficulties that I went through,” she says. “I pray to our government that they stop sexual violence in schools, child marriage and teenage pregnancies. We have laws against this. Make sure they are put into practice.”
So that children and young people, especially girls, have control over their own lives and bodies, we are working to ensure:
- Communities eliminate harmful practices like child marriage and female genital mutilation
- Governments act for adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights
- Young people get quality sexual health services and sex education
- Young people play an active role in preventing sexual violence in emergencies
Mayra’s voice helped cut through old arguments in Guatemala supporting child marriage. The legal age for marriage in her country is now 18. "When I heard that they had approved the new law, I felt so much happiness because I had helped make it happen. I collected signatures. I was part of a team of people who had brought about change. I felt so proud.”
So that children and young people, especially girls, grow up cared for and free from violence and fear, we are working to ensure:
- They receive the care they need to be healthy, educated and protected
- Governments and communities work together to end violence
- Governments prevent and respond to violence against children
“Girls are more vulnerable in my community. You can’t walk alone or you might get attacked like my sister did,” says Larice, 18, from Sao Luis, north-east Brazil. But she is determined the threat on the streets will not stop her going to school. “I learn a lot and I take part in activities and projects run by Plan International Brazil. I’m even part of the Girls Leadership Project, where I am speaking out about violence against girls and women and fighting for equality. I always feel safe when I get to school.”
Results for children
We will work to transform the lives of vulnerable girls and boys, especially where there is disadvantage and urgent need. But girls are disproportionately disadvantaged compared to boys, whether in education, health, work or family life. By challenging the root causes of inequalities we will achieve large-scale changes, because gender equality will secure a better world for all children.
100 million reasons to act
Girls have the power to change the world, but at current rates of change, it will take decades for girls and boys to be treated as equals. There are so many more girls we can work with to secure their rights and achieve their dreams. Working with our partners, young people and supporters and with those in power, Plan International is scaling up our global efforts to achieve equality for girls.
Together, we will achieve something amazing by 2022.