Asnakech, from Ethiopia, was 12 when her parents decided it was time for her to ‘become a woman’. A self-taught circumciser came to her house, cut her clitoris and outer labia using a razor blade, then pressed ashes and cow manure on the bleeding cuts. In technical terms, this is called Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Asnakech can still remember how scared she felt and how no-one comforted her afterwards.
All citizens must be given the opportunity to realise their rights and reach their potential - but this core pillar of development was set back last week in Pakistan when a bill to prohibit underage marriages was withdrawn from the National Assembly, blogs Rashid Javed, Plan International Pakistan Country Director.
On International Migrants Day, Plan International’s Unni Krishnan blogs on the need for a coordinated and humane response to the Syrian refugee crisis.
In times of emergency, humanitarian organisations are relying on smart phones to collect, analyse and process data. Gone are the days of manual, paper-based data collection; mobile technology is proving to be the way forward.
The voices of children with disabilities must be heard if we are to tackle the root causes of the discrimination they face, blogs Aidan Leavy on International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
Children understand that climate change is about their future and they are calling passionately on their leaders to take bold action to stem it, blogs Plan International’s Alison Wright.
Plan International welcomes the African Union's first summit on child marriage, but it will take more than meetings and declarations on paper to eradicate this violation of children's rights, writes Roland Angerer
Marinel, 18, Plan International Philippines Youth Advocate, speaks out on the impact changing climate has on children and young people.
Archaic systems for recording and analysing the major events in a person’s life are being rethought and revamped in a big way – and it’s going to have a huge impact on gender equality, blogs Plan International’s Nicoleta Panta.