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An extraordinary moment for the world

After returning from Poland where she was deployed for 4 weeks, Anne-Marie McCarthy, Head of Partnership at Plan International EU, shares her thoughts in an informal blog.
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What we are about as humanitarian actors is very basic: save…

Interview with Paul O’Brien, Plan International Ireland National Director, following the European Humanitarian Forum.
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European Year of Youth: meaningful action or tokenistic gesture?…

The increased attention on youth on behalf of the EU must be applauded. It must also be monitored. There is only one question that matters: is the European Year of Youth a meaningful initiative…
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Can we “orange the world” of a humanitarian crisis?…

On the occasion of the 16 days of activism, the world turned orange to raise awareness on sexual gender-based violence (SGBV). Today, Human Rights Day marks its final day. Now what?
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Equality cannot wait

A thought piece on gender inequality from Alda Soraya, member of the Youth Sounding Board for the Directorate-General for International Partnership of the European Commission and Girls Leadership…
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Time for the EU to be a real ally of Afghan women

The pandemic has taken a heavy toll on the country of 39 million and droughts threaten many livelihoods, with 12 million Afghanis facing emergency levels of food insecurity.
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No time to lose: an inter-generational dialogue on why youth…

Youth participation in institutional and decision-making processes seems to increase. However, it is not always done in a manner that is meaningful and safe. This blog features an intergenerational…
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A global EU without feminism at its core is set to fail us

The EU is still rightfully seen as a global gender equality champion and, although it is not an easy task, feminism should be at the heart of its foreign policy agenda, writes Serap Altinisik.…
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Girls don’t want us to build back. They want us to build…

Inclusive, safe and quality education is an integral part of human development and the path to a better life for many children, especially girls. The pandemic is teaching us many lessons for…
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Online harassment is silencing girls: the EU and its Member…

A shocking 58 per cent of girls who participated in the survey have experienced online harassment. Harassment has many different faces: Girls and young women are being put down for their opinions,…
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How East Africa copes with COVID-19 and the new layer of challenges…

The COVID-19 pandemic is unravelling decades of progress on girls' equality. To stop the setback, Plan International is working hard in different regions of the world to ensure girls, young…
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Girls’ and young women’s activism in West and Central…

Yah Vallah Parwon, feminist and co-founder of Rising Youth Mentorship Initiative, shares her experience of girls’ and young women's activism and reflects on the importance of the research…
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