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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
A young woman using a computer in Brazil

Why the internet must become feminist

25 April 2019

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.

Nora Lindstrom, Global Coordinator for Digital Development

Nora Lindstrom

Global Lead for Digital Development, Plan International

Our Gender Transformative Approach: Tackling the root causes of Gender Inequality

24 January 2019

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.

Alex Munive

Alex Munive

Director of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion, Plan International
Seema*, 14, takes part in training organised by the Safer Cities programme

Only by changing male behaviour can we make our cities safer for girls

16 October 2018

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. 

Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer, Plan International
Faridah, 19, is a member of our Safer Cities programme in Kampala

This is how Girls Get Equal

11 October 2018

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. 

Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer, Plan International
Rohingya girls can give invaluable information about what girls in emergencies need

The UN is Failing Girls in Crisis

24 September 2018

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.

Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer, Plan International

We won’t stop until every girl is equally seen, heard and valued

20 September 2018

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.

Serap Altinisik

Plan International EU Office Head of Office | EU Representative
Larice arriving at school

All young people deserve to be safe - especially at school

10 August 2018

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.

Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer, Plan International

European Development Days – looking back on two exciting and inspiring days

26 June 2018

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.

Serap Altinisik

Plan International EU Office Head of Office | EU Representative