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Social media companies must act on the harassment of girls

5 October 2020

Online harassment of girls has become normalised. This is what social media companies can do about it, blogs Plan International CEO, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen. 

Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer, Plan International

Jacqui and Serap call on all female activists to support one another and rise up, together we are stronger!

30 September 2020

Jacqui, a youth activist from Tanzania who is fighting to ban child marriage in her home country, and Serap Altinisik, a lifelong feminist and Head of Office and EU Representative at Plan International EU Office, met during Serap’s country visit to Tanzania. Ahead of the International Day of the Girl, these two feminist activists are coming together again to share their mutual passion for girls’ rights and to share their thoughts on activism, their motivation, and the challenging journey they have faced in the fight for equality in a world where people don’t necessarily believe in the power of girls and women. 

Serap Altinisik

Plan International EU Office Head of Office | EU Representative
  • Jacqui
    Youth activist from Tanzania

Welcome back! Ready, set, stop the setback for girls’ equality

9 September 2020

A blog by Serap Altinisik on what the EU can do for girls

It’s that time of the year again: La Rentrée. But this year it looks rather different. This year we are returning to school and our workplaces masked and 2m apart. Despite interrupted holiday plans, I am returning to work re-energised and with renewed motivation. I am ready to push harder and be bolder than ever over the coming months to try prevent the undoing of decades of progress in girls’ equality due to COVID-19.

COVID-19 has laid bare the inequalities entrenched in our system, a system that fails to protect the most marginalised and that collapses when crisis hits. A system in which girls and adolescent girls are disproportionately exposed to risk, and were hit the hardest by COVID-19. Interrupted education and lack of protection systems mean they take on household tasks and caring roles; they risk early, child and forced marriage; and they face abuse and violence, including female genital mutilation. But despite all this, I have heard many great stories on how girls and young women have raised their voices all over the world to lead their communities through the crisis.

Serap Altinisik

Plan International EU Office Head of Office | EU Representative
Mother of sponsored child receives a cash grant from Plan International.

COVID-19: How cash transfers can save lives and livelihoods

8 July 2020

Protecting livelihoods can save lives during COVID-19 response, blogs Cash Based Programme in Emergencies Specialist Syed Mohammed Aftab Alam.

Aftab Alam

Syed Alam

Cash Based Programme in Emergencies Specialist (Global Lead), Plan International

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