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Girls learning robotics programming skills in China

Why we need more biased technology

23 April 2020

On Girls in ICT Day 2020, Plan International's Nora Lindstrom examines why technology discriminates against girls and women, and what needs to change.

Nora Lindstrom, Global Coordinator for Digital Development

Nora Lindstrom

Global Lead for Digital Development, Plan International
Lockdown measures place girls and women at greater risk of gender-based violence

Violence against girls and women risks being COVID-19’s invisible catastrophe

17 April 2020

Evidence from COVID-19 affected countries and research into girls in other recent crises suggests an impending invisible catastrophe. 

  • Joanna Shepherd, Policy Advisor
    Joanna Shepherd
    Policy and Advocacy Advisor
People wear masks on the subway in China

Tackling COVID-19: Lessons from China

7 April 2020

As countries across the world grapple with rising fatalities, China has started to lift its lockdown. Plan International China Country Director, Haider Yaqub, gives an account of how his team assisted the Chinese authorities in their COVID-19 response and shares some valuable lessons for rest of the world.

Mr Haider W Yaqub, Deputy Regional Director, Programmes, ARO, Plan International

Haider Yaqub

Plan International China Country Director
Girls Get Equal advocate Jennifer from Malawi.

Girls Get Equal in the COVID-19 crisis

7 April 2020

A message from our Head of Campaigns, Sarah Carson about the Girls Get Equal campaign in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. 

  • Head of Campaigns, Sarah Carson
    Sarah Carson
    Head of Campaigns
Young woman wears face mask at train station in Bangkok.

Pushing for equality for girls in the age of COVID-19

1 April 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen reflects on the effects on girls across the globe, and what must be done to mitigate them. 

Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer, Plan International
We are installing handwashing facilities in the communities where we work.

Tackling COVID-19: Lessons learnt from Ebola

31 March 2020

Six years ago, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa killed more than 11,300 people.  Now, the world is grappling with COVID-19 pandemic – the biggest health crisis of a generation. 

Mr Damien Queally, West Africa Deputy Regional Director (Programmes), Plan International

Damien Queally

Executive Director of Global Programme Operations
Sierra Leone was one of the worst affected countries during the Ebola crisis.

COVID-19 School Closures Around the World Will Hit Girls Hardest

31 March 2020

As COVID-19 forces school closures in 185 countries, Plan International and UNESCO warn of the potential for increased drop-out rates which will disproportionately affect adolescent girls.

Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer, Plan International
  • Stefania Giannini, Assistant Deputy Director, UNESCO
    Stefania Giannini
    Assistant Deputy Director, UNESCO
We must protect girls at risk during Coronavirus lockdown

COVID-19: Quarantine when home isn't safe for children

25 March 2020

Countries and homes are on lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19. What happens when home isn't a safe space?

  • Viviana Santiago
    Gender and Advocacy Manager, Plan International Brazil
Adolescent girls' specific needs are falling through the cracks in refugee responses.

Adolescent girls in crises deserve better emergency responses

17 December 2019

Now is the time to make humanitarian action work for them, not against them, writes Plan International’s Anne-Sophie Lois.

Ms Anne-Sophie Lois, Head of Office, Plan International UN in Geneva

Anne-Sophie Lois

Head of Office, Plan International UN in Geneva