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Plan Dialogues: Girls discuss with leaders

The very first edition of “Plan Dialogues: Girls Discuss with Leaders”, an intergenerational dialogue between girls and decision-makers of the African Union (AU), European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN), took place on 17 November!

Thank you to everyone that joined the first “Plan Dialogues” event, bringing together girl activists and decision-makers to share priorities and next steps for the future! The event brought together around 200 speakers, activists and attendees, from 42 countries worldwide!

Who was there

The event welcomed speakers from the AU, the EU and the UN, specifically:

  • Ambassador Stella Ronner-Grubačić - Special Advisor on Gender and Diversity at the European External Action Service (EEAS).
  • Professor Sarah Anyang Agbor - African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology.
  • Ms. Gillian Triggs - Assistant Secretary-General and Assistant High Commissioner for Protection with UNHCR.

Girl activists also received a video message from Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet!

Decision-makers were joined by 5 inspiring young advocates who shared their priorities and concerns: Djamilatou (15) from Burkina Faso, Astrid (16) from Peru, Diko (18) from South Sudan, Hamide (19) from Germany and Stacia (15) from Uganda. Nazla (17) from the Philippines also shared her priorities and experience via a video message.

About the event

Everyone agrees: youth engagement in political decisions is crucial. But we need more spaces for young people, especially girls and young women, to engage with decision-makers in a meaningful way. That is why, on the occasion of World Children’s Day, Plan International launched the first edition of Plan Dialogues, an event that brought together girls and young women from around the world to discuss with decision-makers of the AU, EU and UN about girls’ rights, as well as their priorities on how humanitarian, human rights and peace and security systems can positively impact their lives.

The 2021 event focused on girls’ experiences, needs and rights, as well as how these have been impacted by different crises. Specifically, girls and young women shared with leaders their priorities on:

  • Protection and gender-based violence
  • Access to inclusive quality education
  • Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights - SRHR
  • Political participation and empowerment

You can watch the recording of the event here.

The event was co-organised by the Plan International Liaison Offices in the African Union, European Union and United Nations.