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Almost 6000 youth activists assembled this week to demand a power shift on decisions around girls' education. Artwork by @teenatona and Transform Education.

"We've had enough." Young activists call for education funding and real partnerships

9 June 2021

We demand that young people are meaningfully engaged with decision-makers and intergenerational dialogues on education, blogs Nnenna Onwuka of Transform Education.

  • Nnenna Onwuka of Transform Education
    Nnenna Onwuka
    Communications and Outreach Coordinator
Rebeca, 18, South Sudan.

It's time to strengthen gender focus in humanitarian action

13 May 2021

The humanitarian system is at a critical juncture. As the new humanitarian chief assumes his position, Plan International is calling on him to raise the ambition of the humanitarian sector on gender equality and inclusion and to seize the opportunity to drive truly transformative change.

Ms Anne-Sophie Lois, Head of Office, Plan International UN in Geneva

Anne-Sophie Lois

UN Representative Geneva & New York
Member's of Plan International Nepal's Girls Out Loud project.

Move over Femtech, we need Equality Tech

19 April 2021

Feminist technology must go beyond responding to girls' needs, suggest Nora Lindstrom, Senior Lead for Digital Programmes and Nikita Shrubsole, Influencing and Digital Policy and Advocacy Officer.

Nora Lindstrom, Global Coordinator for Digital Development

Nora Lindstrom

Global Lead for Digital Development, Plan International
  • Nikita Shrubsole, Digital Policy and Advocacy Officer.
    Nikita Shrubsole
    Digital Policy and Advocacy Officer.
Kadnok walks for a full day to reach food distributions every three months.

Girls, women and children bear the brunt of the food crisis in South Sudan

14 April 2021

More than half of South Sudan’s population will suffer acute food shortages this year according to UN predictions. Families say this year is the most severe period of hunger in living memory – with girls, young women and mothers the hardest hit.

  • KC Shreeram
    Emergency Response Communications Specialist, South Sudan
Girl activists were essential in helping secure the child marriage ban in Dominican Republic

How we got child marriage banned in Dominican Republic

21 January 2021

We knew that girls were dropping out of school and becoming pregnant far too young but society didn't see child marriage as an issue. Here's how Plan International made it everyone's problem - and got child marriage banned in Dominican Republic. 

  • Virginia Saiz
    Country Director Plan International Dominican Republic
COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing learning crisis, leaving 1 billion children and young people at risk of falling behind.

Why we must prioritise education as we build back from COVID-19

17 December 2020

COVID-19’s impact on access to and quality of education for children and young people all around the world grows daily. Girls, young women and the most marginalised will be worst affected. We must not let them fall behind.

  • Kevin Nascimento - Deployable Education in Emergencies Specialist
    Kevin Nascimento
    Deployable Education in Emergencies Specialist
Girls around the world are calling for urgent action on climate change, along with inclusive, quality education for young people everywhere.

Inclusive quality education: the key to climate and gender justice

9 December 2020

Inclusive gender-responsive education is fundamental for progress towards climate and gender justice. 

Jessica Cooke - Resilience and Climate Change Policy Officer

Jessica Cooke

Resilience and Climate Change Policy Officer
  • Policy and Advocacy Advisor, Leah Moss.
    Leah Moss
    Policy and Advocacy Officer
Youth activist, Angelica Ojinnaka and IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong

For a fairer future, girls must help design decision-making processes

2 November 2020

Youth Activist Angelica Ojinnaka and the Inter-Parliamentary Union's Martin Chungong make the case for an overhaul in decision-making processes so girls and young women are no longer excluded.

Girls are calling for an end to online abuse. Help stop harassment on social media by signing young activists' open letter!

Social media companies must act on the harassment of girls

5 October 2020

Online harassment of girls has become normalised. This is what social media companies can do about it, blogs Plan International CEO, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen. 

Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer, Plan International