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Adolescent girls' specific needs are falling through the cracks in refugee responses.

Adolesecent girls in crises deserve better emergency responses

17 December 2019

 Now is the time to make humanitarian action work for them, not against them, writes Plan International’s Anne-Sophie Lois.

Ms Anne-Sophie Lois, Head of Office, Plan International UN in Geneva

Anne-Sophie Lois

Head of Office, Plan International UN in Geneva

What Will It Take to Unlock Girls’ Potential to Speak Out?

22 November 2019

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and at the start of the 16 days of activism, Serap Altinisik, Head of Office and EU Representative of Plan International and Salomé Guibreteau, Policy and Advocacy Officer, reflect on EU actions for girls’ and young women’s agency.

Serap Altinisik

Plan International EU Office Head of Office | EU Representative
  • Salome Guibreteau
    Policy and Advocacy Officer
Faith, 21, lived in poverty until she was 18 years old. After completing a seamstress training course, she has the confidence and skills to make a life for herself.

It is time to uphold girls’ right to choose

7 November 2019

It's time for the world's governments to listen to the voices of girls at the Nairobi Summit

Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer, Plan International
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

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