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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
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
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 must protect girls at risk during Coronavirus lockdown

COVID-19: Quarantine when home isn't safe for children

25 March 2020

Countries and homes are on lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19. What happens when home isn't a safe space?

  • Viviana Santiago
    Gender and Advocacy Manager, Plan International Brazil

Breaking the silence on mental health

19 March 2020


Want to empower women? Start with girls!

8 March 2020

European Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen on her ambition to leave no girl behind

5 March 2020

In light of International Women’s Day we wanted to know from European Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, not only what her views are in relation to gender equality and girls’ rights, but also which women inspired her throughout her career. Her advice to all girls and young women out there: “Be always ready to learn more and keep an open mind. Inspire others and be inspired by others.”

  • Jutta Urpilainen
    European Commissioner for International Partnerships

YOUth Innovate! Summit 2020

2 March 2020

Adolescent girls

Migrant girls and adolescents require special attention

17 December 2019

Addressing the humanitarian needs of the girls and adolescents is essential to ensure equality and development.

  • Camila Mariño
    Communication and Information Officer - Regional Response to the Venezuela Crisis