What about that Feminist Europe?
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.
Why the internet must become feminist
On International Girls in ICT Day, Plan International's Nora Lindstrom discusses why and how the internet needs to change if we are to achieve gender equality.
Our Gender Transformative Approach: Tackling the root causes of Gender Inequality
Back in 2017 we in Plan International decided to adopt a gender transformative approach so that all, and I mean all our programme and influence work would make significant contributions to gender equality. Nowhere in today’s world, girls and boys, women and men are treated equally and only through a gender transformative approach will we be able to tackle this. Gender inequality affects us all but is particularly unfair to girls and women. Being a girl or a woman most often means being valued less, having fewer opportunities and less pay for the same job, and facing stronger barriers to rights and more gender-based violence than
their male peers. Although boys and men often benefit from this inequality, they also experience a fair share of negative consequences. Society traditionally imposes strict expectations upon them, such as showing strength and hiding feelings. These expectations get in the way of building healthy relationships and often lead them to high-risk behaviours. A gender transformative approach aspires to change this reality. It tackles the root causes of gender inequality and reshapes unequal power relations.
Only by changing male behaviour can we make our cities safer for girls
We're working with men and boys to improve their attitudes and make them allies to city girls' safety, blogs Plan International CEO, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen.
This is how Girls Get Equal
Girls Get Equal is the world’s biggest girl-led campaign for gender equality. Now is the time for change, blogs Plan International CEO, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen.
The UN is Failing Girls in Crisis
This week, world leaders are arriving in New York for the UN General Assembly. They will gather around the world’s top tables to talk about the most troubling crises of our time. Many words will be spoken, but too few about those who need them most - the millions of girls in crisis across the globe.
We won’t stop until every girl is equally seen, heard and valued
For Plan International, the International Day of the Girl and the Girls’ Rights Gazette are all about displaying girls’ power and potential. That reflects our mission to ensure that girls are central tothe social and political changes needed to remove the barriers that hold girls back.
All young people deserve to be safe - especially at school
Whether at school, at home, in public spaces or online – all children and young people must feel and be safe. However, a simple walk to school, especially for girls and LGBTIQ+ young people, can pose a serious threat to their mental health and safety.
European Development Days – looking back on two exciting and inspiring days
So what are my main take-aways from this year’s EDDs? As Plan International’s CEO, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, said during one of her interventions, “we need EU actors to step up and join us as girls’ rights advocates and challenge the hugely unequal power relations between men and women, and boys and girls”. As a longstanding feminist, I fully recognise that shifting social norms is the only way to make progress.