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New standards set for girls and women at the UN

28 March 2019

Agreements on gender equality came after tough negotiations at the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, writes Jennifer Klot, Plan International Representative to the United Nations, New York.

  • Jennifer Klot
    Plan International Representative to the United Nations, New York.
Munashe, 14, on her way to collect water for her family.

I met girl survivors of Cyclone Idai. They will struggle most to recover.

27 March 2019

Tinotenda Hondo is on the ground in Zimbabwe. She’s mindful of what everyone affected is struggling through but knows girls face most barriers on the journey to recovery.

  • Tinotenda Hondo
    Global Safer Cities Programme and Advocacy Manager
Lorena took over the role of Colombia's vice-president Marta Lucía Ramírez  on Day of the Girl

Women who share power are girls' greatest allies

6 March 2019

On International Women's Day, Plan International's Madeleine Askham is calling on women to share their power with girls to support the push for justice and equality.

  • Madeleine Askham, Plan International
    Madeleine Askham
    Policy and Advocacy Advisor, Plan International
Sabina, 19, is standing up for girls' rights in Nepal.

Ending child marriage is possible: Invest in what’s working

14 January 2019

Child, early and forced marriage has significant negative impacts on the futures of children, particularly girls. This harmful practice can expose girls to violence, unintended pregnancy and unsafe abortion, denying them their basic rights to childhood, with damaging impact on their education, health and economic prospects.

  • Bhagyashri Dengle and Björn Andersson
    Interim regional director at Plan International Asia and regional director, UNFPA Asia and the Pacific.
Girls are mobilising for change across the Philippines.

We must not leave climate change for children to fix

10 December 2018

Young activists are speaking out about the urgency of reducing emissions. We must support them and put pressure on parties at COP24 to commit to tackling climate change, blogs Jess Cooke. 

  • Jess Cooke
    Resilience and Climate Change Policy Officer
Chamathya is an anti-gender-based violence campaigner from Sri Lanka

Play your part and challenge gender-based violence

28 November 2018

Youth activist Chamathya, 24, is an enthusiastic and dedicated gender equality and girls rights activist who wants to see a world free from violence, discrimination and harassment of girls and women.

  • Chamathya, 25, Sri Lanka
    Chamathya, 25
    Young Influencer
Facebook and other social networks must protect human rights.

Facebook auction shows tech must do more to protect girls’ rights

27 November 2018

Social networking sites like Facebook have a huge role to play in protecting human rights, blogs Susannah Birkwood.  

  • Susannah Birkwood
    Susannah Birkwood
    Press Officer
Girls’ freedom, voice, and agency online is under attack.

Girls' freedom online is under attack

21 November 2018

Compared to their male peers, girls online are facing more threats of sexual violence, more comments about their appearance and behaviour, and are more often told not to speak out and have an opinion. We need to reclaim the internet for girls, assert our experts, Leila Asrari and Nora Lindstrom. 

  • Leila Asrari and Nora Lindstrom on girls' freedom online
    Leila Asrari and Nora Lindstrom
    Policy and Advocacy Advisor and Global Lead on Digital Development
A young mother with her son in Kenya

Why family planning access is important for girls in Kenya

13 November 2018

Girls have the potential to transform societies if they get access to family planning services and information, blogs youth campaigner Caren as experts meet at the International Conference on Family Planning.

  • Caren, 24, Kenya
    Global youth activist