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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
A Burundian girl in a refugee camp in Tanzania

Refugee girls must not fear their periods

19 June 2017

Supporting girls in refugee camps to confidently manage their periods plays a huge role in keeping them in school and reducing the risks they face, blogs Plan International’s Zeynep Sanduvac.

  • Zeynep Sanduvac, Education in Emergencies Specialist
    Zeynep Sanduvac
    Education in Emergencies Specialist, Plan International
Father with his baby, Bolivia

Challenging expectations and transforming relations

15 June 2017

An involved and engaged father can make a huge difference to child’s life, from birth right through to adulthood. But equitable parenting can also boost health, relationships and overall happiness for the whole family. 

Melanie Swan, Global Advisor for Early Childhood Care and Development

Melanie Swan

Global Advisor for Early Childhood Development, Plan International
Lesly was forced to abandon her home after floods in Peru

Girls build resilience through disaster risk reduction

23 May 2017

Including children and youth in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) decision-making processes can positively impact whole communities. Our experts in Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and resilience Gloria Garcia and Jessica Cooke explain. 

  • Gloria Garcia
    Disaster Risk Management Programme Specialist
Shamin represents Bangladesh at the 5th Asian Youth Forum in Japan.

Youth Engagement for Prosperity in Bangladesh

10 May 2017

Shamim from Bangladesh recently attended the 5th Asian Youth Forum in Yokohama, Japan. By supporting the development of young people, he says, we will be in a better position to bring growth and prosperity. 

  • Shamim
    Plan International Youth Advocate
Girls using computers as part of a project in Brazil

5 ways to help youth succeed in the digital age

3 May 2017

As digital technology continues to spread at a rapid pace, we have to make sure that young people have access to training and digital jobs so they are not left behind.