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Safer Cities for Girls Pledge at WUF9

Cities for Girls = Cities for All

23 February 2018

The 9th World Urban Forum provided a platform for girls to share their concerns and recommendations for making cities safer and more inclusive, blogs Alana Livesey.

  • Alana Livesey, Global Programme and Advocacy Manager, Safer Cities for Girls
    Alana Livesey
    Global Programme and Advocacy Manager, Safer Cities for Girls
Faridah, 18, from Uganda

Tackling violence against girls - wherever it happens

12 February 2018

Violence against girls is rife, right across the world. However, in the coming months we must take advantage of key opportunities to keep girls safe, writes Plan International’s Leila Asrari.

  • Leila Asrari
    Policy and Advocacy Advisor, Plan International
Chonda, 15, on her way to school in Bangladesh

Building the platform for girls’ rights

8 February 2018

"Girls’ Rights are Human Rights, right? Everyone knows that. So why do we need to make a case for girls? What makes them special?" Plan International CEO, Anne-Brigitte Albrectsen lays out the facts in this blog supporting the launch of our latest research and the Girls' Rights Platform.

Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer, Plan International
Nataly speaking at the National Assembly of Ecuador

Girls' Rights Wins of 2017

13 December 2017

2017 has been an eventful year. Plan International's #GirlsTakeover expert, Philip Gonzalo Taylor, runs through the huge girls' rights victories that have come about as a result of global action for girls, by girls.

  • #GirlsTakeover Expert, Philip Gonzalo-Taylor
    Philip Gonzalo-Taylor
    Because I am a Girl Communications Assistant
Girls at school in Liberia

Investing in girls’ education will pay dividends in Africa

28 November 2017

Leaders meeting at this week’s AU-EU Summit have the opportunity to turn Africa’s ‘demographic boom’ into an era of economic and social development, but only if they fund girls’ education, writes Plan International’s Andrew Small.

  • Andrew Small
    Andrew Small
    Advocacy and Campaigns Officer
A teacher helping a girl read in Vietnam

How teachers can help end gender-based violence in schools

27 November 2017

Teachers hold the key to preventing violence against girls in and around schools and need more support to keep children safe, writes Plan International’s Leila Asrari.

  • Leila Asrari
    Policy and Advocacy Advisor, Plan International
A girl at school in Uganda

Funding girls’ education is at the heart of tackling inequality

8 November 2017

World leaders have a golden opportunity to change the world and support girls to become the leaders of tomorrow by increasing funding for education when they meet in February, blogs Plan International’s Yona Nestel.

  • Yona Nestel, Senior Education Policy and Advocacy Advisor, Plan International
    Yona Nestel
    Senior Education Policy and Advocacy Advisor, Plan International
Twins, Mary and Martha, 5, with their birth certificates during a registration event in Upper Manya Krobo district, Ghana

The case for universal birth registration

16 October 2017

Innovative methods that aim to register every birth are essential if we are to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children who are currently invisible to their governments, blogs Plan International’s Ed Duffus.

Edward Duffus

Edward Duffus

Head of Birth Registration Innovation, Plan International Headquarters

#GirlsTakeover: My Day as a Village Chief

11 October 2017

Luciana, 17, took over the role of a village chief for a day in Timor-Leste as part of Plan International’s global #GirlsTakeover. We asked her to share her feelings about the experience, and here is what she had to say. 

  • Luciana, 17.
    Luciana
    Youth Activist