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Seema*, 14, takes part in training organised by the Safer Cities programme

Only by changing male behaviour can we make our cities safer for girls

16 October 2018

We're working with men and boys to improve their attitudes and make them allies to city girls' safety, blogs Plan International CEO, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen. 

Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer, Plan International
Youth activist Lauren, 16, stands outside Central Station - an area where she feels unsafe in Sydney.

Girls must seize the moment and claim their cities

15 October 2018

Women and girls need to plan with the city and not be planned for, blogs Dr Ellie Cosgrave, Director of the City Leadership Lab, University College London. 

  • Ellie Cosgrave supports Plan International's Safer Cities Programming
    Dr Ellie Cosgrave
    Director of the City Leadership Lab, University College London
Faridah, 19, is a member of our Safer Cities programme in Kampala

This is how Girls Get Equal

11 October 2018

Girls Get Equal is the world’s biggest girl-led campaign for gender equality. Now is the time for change, blogs Plan International CEO, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen. 

Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer, Plan International
Rohingya girls can give invaluable information about what girls in emergencies need

The UN is Failing Girls in Crisis

24 September 2018

This week, world leaders are arriving in New York for the UN General Assembly. They will gather around the world’s top tables to talk about the most troubling crises of our time. Many words will be spoken, but too few about those who need them most - the millions of girls in crisis across the globe.

Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer, Plan International
Young campaigners take over Metro Trains in Melbourne to highlight safety issues.

Aneeka: I believe in the power of collective action

21 September 2018

Young activist Aneeka McNamara took over Metro Trains in Melbourne, Australia last year to highlight the safety concerns of young women. The experience has convinced her of the importance and power of collective action in the fight for gender equality. 

  • Aneeka McNamara
    Youth Campaigner
Irene joins the call for funding for education in emergencies

How we helped secure $3 billion for the world’s most vulnerable girls

18 September 2018

Two years of public campaigning and face-to-face advocacy won huge support for girls' education in emergencies at the G7, blogs Amanda Sussman of Plan International Canada

  • Amanda Sussman
    Head of Policy, Plan International Canada
Tamsin Tara, 13, now lives in Coz's Bazar having fled violence in Myanmar

Rohingya crisis: why we must listen to girls

30 August 2018

Now that a year has passed since the start of the Rohingya crisis, we must look at the long-term needs of girls whose lives have been affected. And the only way to do this is by listening to girls themselves.

  • Country Director, Plan International Bangladesh
    Orla Murphy
    Country Director, Plan International Bangladesh
Girl advocates from across the globe spoke their truth at the Whistler Ministerial Meetings during G7 2018.

Girls spoke truth to power at G7 Whistler Meetings

28 August 2018

Young female advocates spoke truth to power at the G7 Whistler Meetings and helped secure a historic commitment to adolescent girls across the globe. It's no coincidence, blogs Natasha Harris-Harb. 

  • Natasha Harris-Harb
    UNGEI & Plan International summer associate
Larice arriving at school

All young people deserve to be safe - especially at school

10 August 2018

Whether at school, at home, in public spaces or online – all children and young people must feel and be safe. However, a simple walk to school, especially for girls and LGBTIQ+ young people, can pose a serious threat to their mental health and safety.

Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer, Plan International