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Schoolgirls in the Ratnapura district, Sri Lanka

Funding girls' education will help change the world

18 September 2017

Girls' education is key to achieving many of the Global Goals - not just gender equality, blogs Education Policy Advisor Leila Asrari. However, this requires the support of world leaders who are meeting this month at the UN General Assembly. 

  • Leila Asrari
    Education Policy Advisor
Members of Plan International's Generation project in Brazil

Roll back on girls' and women's rights demands swift action

12 September 2017

We're seeing a global roll back on girls' and women's rights. Now is the time to take a stand against regressive forces, blogs Plan International CEO, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen. 

Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer, Plan International
Mother and son in Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste's proposed family planning policy will deny girls their rights

24 August 2017

The Timorese government's proposed family planning policy would only be offered to those who are already married. In a country where the teenage pregnancy rate is 24%, this denial of girls' right to have control over their bodies is alarming, blogs Programme Manager Fatima Soares.

  • Fatima Soares
    Programme Manager
Rubi managed to avoid early marriage because of her birth certificate

Let's make every child count with innovation in birth registration

23 August 2017

Innovation is essential to the pursuit of universal birth registration, and could be the key to ending harmful traditional practices such as child marriage, blogs Melissa Cederqvist, Innovation Consultant. 

  • Melissa Cederqvist
    Melissa Cederqvist
    Innovation Consultant
Varsha (19) now works at a call centre after receiving training by the Saksham Project


10 August 2017

Equal economic opportunities and inclusive work environments provide space for youth, especially girls and disadvantaged children, to explore their interests and expand their potential.

  • Senait Gebregziabher
    Plan International Asia's Regional Director
A girl outside her school in Ethiopia

Girls’ education is crucial in drought-hit Ethiopia

10 August 2017

In the face of the worst drought Ethiopia has faced in 30 years, girls’ education needs more support than ever, blogs Plan International’s Zeynep M. Sanduvac.

  • Zeynep Sanduvac, Education in Emergencies Specialist
    Zeynep M. Sanduvac
    Education in Emergencies Specialist, Plan International
Youth activists lobby against child marriage at Honduras congress

I'm not here just to have babies and do housework!

27 July 2017

Eleven-year-old Celia has been lobbying against child marriage with Plan International Honduras. On 12th July the practice was outlawed. In this blog, she explains why the law change is so important for her and other girls in her community. 

  • Celia, 11
    Youth Activist from Honduras
A girl waits at the reception centre of Baratuku resettlement camp, Uganda.


7 July 2017

In September 2016, UN Member States committed to doing a better job in assisting and protecting refugees with the adoption of the “New York Declaration.” It will take some work to put these commitments into practice, says Manisha Thomas.

  • Manisha Thomas
    Consultant, Plan International Uganda and Plan International Tanzania
Teacher of Grade 2 with students at a Plan supported Kindergarten in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Setting a new curriculum for global education

23 June 2017

G20 leaders have an opportunity to transform girls' lives if they plug the education financing gap, blogs Plan International CEO, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen. 

Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer, Plan International