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Girls at a computer learning ICT skills

Why girls must connect with digital opportunities

27 April 2016

Empowering girls to follow careers in information and communications technology (ICT) is not only a matter of gender equality, but also an urgent development imperative, blogs Andrew Small ahead of International Girls in ICT Day.

  • Andrew Small
    Andrew Small
    Advocacy and Campaigns Officer, Plan International
A group of women who have been forced to relocate next to a canal to grow maize

Desperate times as El Niño food shortage ravages Zimbabwe

11 April 2016

The reality of the drought in Zimbabwe is heart-breaking and requires precise action before the situation spirals out of control, blogs Plan International’s Humanitarian Director Roger Yates.

Mr Roger Yates, Director of Disaster Risk Management, Plan International

Roger Yates

Director of Disaster Risk Management, Plan International Headquarters
youth savings groups, microfinance, savings and loans, finance

Helping young people create their own jobs

30 March 2016

Plan International’s work with youth savings groups is leading change in the way organisations work with young people in developing countries, blogs John Schiller after visiting groups in Zambia.

Mr John Schiller, Global Advisor for Savings Groups, Plan International

John Schiller

Global Advisor for Savings Groups, Plan International USA
Girls in Plan International India's Safe Cities programme

Partnerships transform young lives in India

21 March 2016

Enterprising staff and strong corporate partnerships reinforce Plan International India's ability to deliver life-changing programmes for young people, blogs Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Anne-Brigitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer, Plan International
Maria from Brazil supports girls right to education

Why children should help run their schools

18 March 2016

Sometimes, seemingly small steps can bring about quite extraordinary change. Nowhere is that more evident than in the way we raise our children, blogs Vernor Muñoz, Plan International’s Global Advisor on Education.

Mr Vernor Muñoz Villalobos, Global Advisor on Education, Plan International

Vernor Muñoz

Global Advisor on Education, Plan International
Girls learning in school, Zimbabwe

Time to bring the Invisible Girl into the spotlight

14 March 2016

Only by making the Invisible Girl visible can we realise her rights, blogs Plan International CEO, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen.

Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Anne-Brigitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer, Plan International
Youma, 13, underwent FGM when she was a baby

Working with communities to stop FGM in Mali

10 February 2016

We can end female genital mutilation in a generation by combining national policy and community-level awareness raising, says Plan International Mali's Madina Bocoum Daff.

  • Madina Bocoum Daff
    leader, project against FGM, Plan International Mali
Climate change

Paris climate change agreement: what next?

10 February 2016

The bold and ambitious Paris climate change agreement should be welcomed, but there are many challenges to overcome to ensure it becomes a reality, blogs Plan International's Alison Wright.

  • Alison Wright
    Alison Wright
    Climate Change Policy Officer, Plan International
We can end female genital mutilation (FGM) - infographic

FGM – let us speak out for the Girl

6 February 2016

Asnakech, from Ethiopia, was 12 when her parents decided it was time for her to ‘become a woman’. A self-taught circumciser came to her house, cut her clitoris and outer labia using a razor blade, then pressed ashes and cow manure on the bleeding cuts. In technical terms, this is called Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).  Asnakech can still remember how scared she felt and how no-one comforted her afterwards. 

Mr Roland Angerer, Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Director, Plan International

Roland Angerer

Director, Plan International Eastern and Southern Africa​ Regional Office