Young people and political participation

No decisions about young people without young people.

Young people across the world are already active drivers of social and political change. Plan International works to strengthen young people’s organisations, including initiatives, groups, networks and associations that are to an extent formally organized, whether they are registered or not, by increasing their foundational capabilities and by including them in project planning, steering, M&E and learning in our projects. Connecting with their initiatives in ways that meet their needs and wants will be critical for achieving our global ambitions and ensuring that the changes we help to make are sustainable. 

We support the empowerment of adolescents and youth, and particularly girls, to take collective actions for systemic social and political change that contributes to the realization of human rights and gender equality. For this, we work directly with autonomous youth groups, networks and associations, seeing young people as equal partners rather than beneficiaries. Our principal core component focuses on preparing young people to be drivers of change. Through this, we strive to build young people’s collective action and seek to influence both governments and duty bearers to realise young people’s participation. Additionally, we work with them to help them strengthen their voices in the media. 

Our efforts are supported by our global campaign Girls Get Equal, co-designed and implemented by young people, supporting young people at country level and amplifiying their own change efforts. At the EU level, the European Week of Action for Girls (EWAG), a programme of events aiming to bring girls’ voices at the center of the European political agenda, is organised annually around the International Day of the Girl, or IDG, on 11 October.