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How economic empowerment matters to girls

17 September 2019

Both the gender pay gap and the fact that girls are being pushed to pursue certain career paths, doesn’t make girls’ road to economic empowerment any easier. This has implications both at the individual level - in terms of their future labour force participation and lifetime earnings - and at societal level – by hindering their productive and developmental potential. It’s due to those implications that we, as Plan International, work to support and call for a lifecycle and gender transformative approach towards economic empowerment and education. For girls in particular, education and training contribute not only to their confidence, but is essential to increase their opportunities in life.

  • Monique van 't hek
    Director Plan International the Netherlands & Chair of Plan International Europe Board

“Viven como esclavas, y parece que aquí no se sabe, o no se quiere saber, lo que está ocurriendo.”

12 July 2019

Baka children with their new school kits in eastern Cameroon

Gender equality in education: goal for G7 summit

4 July 2019

Governments need to target girls living in crisis and in disadvantaged areas with education funds, blogs Plan International CEO, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen.

Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer, Plan International
Laughing child at one of plans early learning child centres

Let’s fulfill our promises to the world’s left-behind children

27 June 2019

We need to act now if we hope to break inter-generational cycles of poverty and exclusion blogs Plan International CEO, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen.

Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer, Plan International
  • Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen
    Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen
    CEO Plan International
Youth activists at Women Deliver

How will you use your power? A reflection on Women Deliver

21 June 2019

Social Media Editor Emily Gorton reflects on her time at Women Deliver 2019 and what the event meant to the fight for gender equality.  

  • Emily in Canada for Women Deliver
    Emily Gorton
    Social Media Editor

Genuine Youth Engagement at a Bank? Did I hear you correctly?

13 June 2019

It was 2011 when Plan International started working with ADB on promoting the role of youth in development and highlighting the vital contribution young people are making to the development agenda. Plan started by advising ADB on how they could involve young people through events and building a knowledge base. That’s why in 2013, Plan and ADB signed a Memorandum of Understanding (2013-2016) which covered youth participation, project implementation, and knowledge generation, resulting in a co-created youth initiative called Youth for Asia (YfA).

  • Oliver Chapman
    Seconded from Plan International to Asian Development Bank to work on institutionalizing youth engagement.
Marcelina hosts a local radio show and speaks out about girls' and women's issues.

Women Deliver 2019: A turning point for girls’ power

30 May 2019

As the global women’s rights community comes together at Women Deliver 2019, they can unlock girls’ power and more sustainable future for our world, blogs Plan International’s Sean Maguire.

  • Sean Maguire, Executive Director of Global Influence and Partnerships, Plan International
    Sean Maguire
    Executive Director of Global Influence and Partnerships
Sharon, 19, lives in an informal settlement in Kampala where danger is ever present

Girls demand safer cities at UN-Habitat Assembly

27 May 2019

Young people will take centre stage at the UN-Habitat Assembly this week to demand safer, more inclusive cities. 

  • Tinotenda Hondo
    Global Safer Cities Programme and Advocacy Manager

What about that Feminist Europe?

20 May 2019

I strongly believe, as do many others, that the feminist way is the only way for the EU to go, there is no doubt about that. But that –feminist- Europe has to go way beyond isolated policies or propositions. It does not stop where manifestos end. The newly elected Members of the European Parliament have to understand that achieving gender equality is not only about ticking boxes. Closing the gender pay gap alone, although very important, will not make women equal to men.

Serap Altinisik

Plan International EU Office Head of Office | EU Representative