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Why bother investing in women and girls?

18 October 2019

We are off-track to deliver the SDGs. Developing countries need at least an additional $2.5 trillion every year to finance them.

Unsurprisingly the poorest people in the world – and especially those living in conflicts – are the most left behind. And women and girls even more so. 

We know that investing in women and girls delivers results - for women and their children, for local and national communities and for companies’ balance sheets.  Women and girls have the potential to be the force multiplier to achieve the SDGs – yet the international community doesn’t invest nearly enough in them.  Despite our rhetoric and commitments, a mere 4% of the $150 billion Official Development Assistance (ODA) spend is dedicated to programmes tackling gender inequality, and only 34% of ODA mainstreams gender equality.

  • Susanna Moorehead
    Chair of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC)

Climate-justice and gender-justice have to go hand-in-hand

11 October 2019

“We demand that the new European Commission secures equal rights for everyone – and that they work hard to smash the gender-gap, both inside and outside the European Union. Because the young girls living in this world should grow up having the exact same possibilities and rights as the young boys. I will fight hard to make that a reality.” Says Kira Marie Peter Hansen, a green feminist and the youngest Member of the European Parliament from Denmark.

On International Day of the Girl, we wanted to know from Kira what motivated her to run and what she plans on doing for girls and gender equality in the upcoming five years. 

  • Kira Marie Peter-Hansen
    Member of the European Parliament, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, Denmark

Connecting the Dots – Feminist Activist Leadership

2 October 2019

Where do you get your inspiration from? Do you have a role figure?

I’m very lucky that I’ve been able to grow up surrounded by strong women. Coming from Belfast, Northern Ireland, life wasn’t easy for my community and women stepped up when times were hard – making them the backbone for local change – my granny being one of them.

  • Emma Rainey
    Young feminist Europe, BXL-Irish for Choice and The Brussels Binder

Finnish Presidency: How we do gender equality!

25 September 2019

It is very much the experience from our own development that motivates us in our efforts to strengthen the rights of women and girls worldwide. Finland used to be a poor and conflict-torn agrarian country in 1917, when we gained our independence. Now we are a world leader in happiness and innovation, and one of the most stable countries in the world. For us, the reason is that we have harnessed the potential of the whole society, not only half of it.  

  • Katri Viinikka
    Ambassador for Gender Equality, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Finnish Presidency on Gender Equality

25 September 2019

It is very much the experience from our own development that motivates us in our efforts to strengthen the rights of women and girls worldwide. Finland used to be a poor and conflict-torn agrarian country in 1917, when we gained our independence. Now we are a world leader in happiness and innovation, and one of the most stable countries in the world. For us, the reason is that we have harnessed the potential of the whole society, not only half of it.  

  • Katri Viinikka
    Ambassador for Gender Equality, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

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