Plan International began operating in Egypt in 1981 to reduce the abuse, marginalisation and vulnerability of children and address gender inequality.
Gender inequality remains a huge issue in Egypt, affecting all areas of girls’ and women’s lives. Males and females have unequal access to education, protection, participation and employment among others. In addition, harmful practices, especially child marriage and female genital mutilation, are still widespread.
As a result, girls from Egyptian and Syrian refugee communities are stopped from realising their full potential and getting good jobs.
Our work aims to transform perceptions about what girls and women are capable of to address the issues they face. In doing this we aim to have a lasting impact on the lives of children, their families and communities.
Our key areas of work include:
- Helping young people to get good jobs or start a business
- Enabling children to get a quality, inclusive education in a safe environment that respects girls’ needs
- Empowering girls and young women to take informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health and live free from violence.
Syrian children start a new life in Egypt
This series of photos shows how Syrian refugee children are recovering from the stress they have experienced and are adapting to their new lives in Egypt thanks to Plan International’s Education in Harmony project.
Sexual harassment is biggest city danger for girls across the globe
Sexual harassment is the number-one safety risk facing girls and young women across the world, according to a survey of global experts in 22 cities released today. The survey is the first of its kind to examine the safety risks facing girls and young women in so many different cities across the world.