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Schoolchildren queue to receive their food rations in Kilifi county, Kenya.

Fighting a rising tide of apathy towards aid

25 April 2017

The scale of apathy towards humanitarian support today is shocking, says Plan International's CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen. Here she explains why critics of aid for East Africa have got it wrong. 

Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer, Plan International
Girls learning vocational skills at the Saksham project in Delhi, India

Investing in girls now will pay dividends in the future

10 March 2017

Giving girls a fighting chance for economic equality leads to a social transformation that will benefit all, says Plan International CEO, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen.

Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer, Plan International
Aarti graduated from the Saksham project.

Lifecycle of Girls’ Economic Empowerment

6 March 2017

Harmful, discriminatory gender norms have a lasting effect on girls’ economic justice. A holistic, life-cycle approach is needed to address these issues.

  • Zara Rapoport, Head of Office at Plan Internation's UN Liaison Office
    Zara Rapoport
    Head of Plan International UN Liaison Office
Girls from Marrumuana primary school in Inhambane

Be Bold for Change: Let Girls Lead

2 March 2017

Securing rights for women and girls is the key to achieving gender equality by 2030, says Plan International’s CEO, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen. 

Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer, Plan International
Sharina* being decorated with flowers and henna

Marriage loophole threatens girls' futures

1 March 2017

Girls' futures are being put at risk in Bangladesh due to an unclear loophole in the Child Marriage Restraint Act, says Country Director Soumya Guha. 

  • Acting Country Director for Bangladesh, Soumya Guha
    Soumya Guha
    Country Director, Plan International Bangladesh
Girls make their voices heard at a rally in Codó city

For a better tomorrow, girls must lead today

24 February 2017

Girls remain the most discriminated against group on the planet. Plan International’s Adam Vink champions a youth-led movement that empowers girls to speak up and make the decisions that shape their lives. 

  • Adam Vink
    Because I am a Girl Advocacy Manager
MWI - Esnart from Malawi

Girls are crucial to the Global Goals' mission

24 February 2017

We must work with youth activists and partners to keep up the momentum of early successes, says Plan International's Amanda Lundy.

  • Amanda Lundy
    Advocacy Advisor, Plan International
Girls transport relief aid in Mubi, Nigeria

Help for families affected by Boko Haram attacks

22 February 2017

Providing families in Nigeria with cash transfers is a critical step to address the growing nutrition emergency caused by Boko Haram attacks, blogs Plan International’s Syed Mohammed Aftab Alam.

Aftab Alam

Syed Alam

Cash Based Programme in Emergencies Specialist (Global Lead), Plan International
Children playing at school in Guangnan County, China

Big ideas to deliver Global Goals for girls

24 January 2017

The world’s first ‘playable’ conference will encourage open discussions on the challenges and solutions around the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, writes Plan International’s Adam Vink.

  • Adam Vink
    Because I am a Girl Advocacy Manager