Multiple barriers prevent children, particularly girls, from enjoying a positive start in life and being able to thrive. Inequalities and traditional practices can mean that young children fail to get the vital care and support they need.
Gender discrimination and son preference in many societies limit girls’ chances of surviving and thriving. Then, throughout their lives, gender bias impacts development, self-esteem, agency and expectations.
We are working to help vulnerable and excluded children, particularly girls, grow up equally valued and cared for and free from discrimination. All children should have the opportunities they need to learn, develop fully, build self-confidence and relate to others.
5 feminist fathers from around the world
A vital component for achieving gender equality and rights for girls is the involvement and support of men and boys. Fathers, in particular, can play an important role in creating an equal environment at home and in the community.Read more
Giving Bolivia’s children a healthy start in life
Thousands of children in Bolivia are getting a healthy start in life as a result of Plan International's early childhood development programmes, which have been scaled up to reach 557 communities across the country.Read more
Mary's first step into education
Plan International Uganda's early childhood care and development centre was 6-year-old refugee Mary's first experience of education after fleeing the conflict in South Sudan with her family.Read more
Timor-Leste fathers get involved with childcare
Ensuring that fathers are involved in their children’s lives and learning is a core component of Plan International Timor-Leste's Early Childhood Care and Development Programme.Read more
Getting Irene Registered for School
Irene is in grade 7 at a primary school in eastern Kenya. She loves going to school and wants to study hard to become a doctor. But her dream was in jeopardy because she was unable to sit the national exam needed to move on to grade 8. This was because her birth had not been registered, which...Read more
Better relationships in Uganda when fathers engage in parenting
Plan International's parenting education programme in Uganda has shown significant benefits to mothers' wellbeing and family dynamics, as well as improvements in child development.Read more