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Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Voices from the Sahel

30 June 2020

‘I come from Timbuktu, but my family is now in Mopti, one of the areas most affected by the Sahel crisis. During all my life, I have seen girls and women in the Sahel, particularly in Mali, suffered gender inequalities that limited their protection and education. However, in these last eight years working in the Sahel region, I have observed with suffering how a complex and armed crisis forces families to separate, to flee, to abandon their livelihoods. I see how girls suffer the fear of the armed groups, child marriage and dropping out the school. Finally, in the last three months, I have also seen how all humanitarian efforts to protect these girls are even more at risk due to COVID-19 and its consequences.’ - Dr. Fatoumata Haidara, Sahel Director Plan International.

Serap Altinisik

Plan International EU Office Head of Office | EU Representative
  • Dr. Fatoumata Haidara
    Director for the Sahel Region, Plan International
People wear masks on the subway in China

Time for Change: COVID-19, Connectivity and Equality

6 May 2020

As societies go into lockdown, girls and women are more vulnerable than ever to damaging exclusion. Connectivity is a right and a vital lifeline for millions. 
 

Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer, Plan International
  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
    Executive Director of UN Women
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
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
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
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 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
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

What Will It Take to Unlock Girls’ Potential to Speak Out?

22 November 2019

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and at the start of the 16 days of activism, Serap Altinisik, Head of Office and EU Representative of Plan International and Salomé Guibreteau, Policy and Advocacy Officer, reflect on EU actions for girls’ and young women’s agency.

Serap Altinisik

Plan International EU Office Head of Office | EU Representative
  • Salome Guibreteau
    Policy and Advocacy Officer