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Plan International child-friendly spaces are helping to keep girls and boys safe

Keeping Burundian refugees safe and in school

16 September 2016

Though the need in Tanzania’s refugee camps is immense - particularly among girls - there are also some amazing stories of success, blogs Plan International’s Madeline Baker.

  • Madeline Baker
    Madeline Baker
    Manager of Emergency Response , Plan International Canada
A girl carrying a baby on her back in Ethiopia

No time to waste in delivering gender equality

15 September 2016

Despite being agreed only a year ago, time is already running out to deliver the promises made in the global goals by 2030, writes Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen.

Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer, Plan International
Girls take part in rally demanding protection for street children in Dakar

Plan International’s push for girls’ rights at the UN

13 September 2016

Plan International will be at the UN General Assembly making sure girls' rights stay at the top of the global agenda, writes Plan International's Leslie Archambeault.

  • Leslie Archambeault
    Leslie Archambeault
    Policy and Advocacy Officer, Plan International UN Liaison Office
A Girl refugee in South Sudan

South Sudan's unaccompanied children increasingly vulnerable

8 September 2016

Children orphaned or separated from their families as a result of the ongoing conflict in South Sudan are at an increasing risk of abuse and exploitation, blogs Plan International’s Issa Kipera.

  • Issa Kipera
    Issa Kipera
    Acting Country Director, Plan International South Sudan
Girls in Zambia have been learning to save money through the Banking on Change programme.

Finding a formula for youth economic empowerment

26 July 2016

Plan International’s Banking on Change programme shows how providing girls and young women with savings skills doesn't just produce financial rewards, blogs Plan International’s John Schiller.

Mr John Schiller, Global Advisor for Savings Groups, Plan International

John Schiller

Global Advisor for Savings Groups, Plan International USA

Education: the foundation for economic and social growth

12 July 2016

One of the best ways to tackle youth unemployment and to support economic and social growth is through education. This needs to go beyond the classroom and include long-term learning that focuses on skills development and growth, blogs Plan International's John Barrett Trew


John Trew

Youth Employment Specialist, Plan International in Asia
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Next UN leader must prioritise rights for girls

12 July 2016

The next UN Secretary-General will face many challenges. To deliver on the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals and boost prosperity worldwide, they will have to commit to realising far-reaching changes for girls.

  • Andrew Small
    Andrew Small
    Advocacy and Campaigns Officer, Plan International
The hands of youth delegates at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul

We must strive for unity and listen to youth

24 June 2016

It is vital we do all we can to overcome division, following the British referendum. In particular, we must listen to children and young people and stand up for those who are excluded and denied their rights, writes Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen.

Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer, Plan International
Three girls in El Salvador

Girls campaign against fear in El Salvador

6 June 2016

Girls are powerful agents of change and must play a leading role in bringing an end to violence, blogs Vicky, a 19-year-old girl advocate from El Salvador.

  • Vicky
    Girl Advocate, El Salvador