Plan International is dismayed and deeply saddened by the deaths of Black Americans in police custody, police brutality and authorities threatening the right to assemble.
Plan International exists to further girls’ rights and sees racial justice as a critical and crucial component of justice for girls. Racial justice and gender justice for girls are inextricably linked and one cannot exist without the other. We cannot achieve equality for girls, without achieving equality for Black girls.
“In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.”
— Angela Davis
The deaths and nationwide protests in the USA are nothing new. Racial injustice is an issue that has been campaigned on for decades in the USA and beyond, often by young people and specifically young women and girls.
Whether it implies living in fear of police profiling, fearing for their family members’ safety, receiving fewer leadership opportunities or being held back by unjust societies, systemic racism has an enormous impact on girls’ development and everyday lives everywhere.
The importance of intersectional feminism
To do our best work as gender equality campaigners we must consider how multiple experiences affect girls’ and women’s lives. To fight for equality for girls we must ensure equality for all girls.
This is why Black girls and women won’t enjoy equality and justice if the rights of their wider communities are not also defended and ensured. Racial justice for Black and minority communities of the world is one and the same as gender justice for girls.
We condemn all racist violence
Plan International unequivocally condemns all racist violence and stands against discrimination against Black communities and racial injustice everywhere.
Now is the time to demand systemic change by supporting those at the forefront of this movement to end violence, oppression, inequity and inequality.
As such, in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, Black girl and women protestors, and allies who are organising and taking action against racial violence and injustice, we have compiled the following list of resources.
Use them to educate yourself on the issues and be an active anti-racist ally.
Please note: Plan International is not responsible for the content of other sites.
- For our White Friends Desiring to be Allies by Sojouners
- Welcome to the Anti-Racism Movement – Here’s What You’ve Missed by Ijeoma Oluo
- 7 Reasons Why ‘Colour-blindness’ Contributes to Racism Instead of Solves It by Jon Greenberg via Everyday Feminism
- Got Internalised White Superiority? by Jen Willsea
- Why you Need to Stop Saying 'All Lives Matter' by Rachel Cargle
How do I talk to my kids about racism?
- How to Talk to Kids About Racial Violence and Police Brutality - Alia E. Dastagir for USA Today
- We Need More White Parents to Talk to Their Kids About Race. Especially Now by Chandra White-Cummings via Washington Post
- Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup
- 31 Children's Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism and Resistance
- Seeing White by Scene on Radio with John Biewen feat. Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika
- About Race with Anna Holmes, Baratunde Thurston, Raquel Cepeda and Tanner Colby
- Instagram, Activism & White Privilege with Rachel Cargle on Ctrl+Alt+Delete by Emma Gannon
- Intersectionality Matters! by Kimberlé Crenshaw
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
- Why I’m no Longer Talking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD
Resource lists by anti-racist groups
- A guide to ally-ship from Black Lives Matter
- Anti-racism for beginners
- Anti-racism resources for white people (including books, podcasts, articles, film and TV series, organisations to follow on social media and more.)
Amnesty USA - Right to Protest Resources (251 KB) - includes tips on safe protesting and knowing your rights
Amnesty - Staying resilient while trying to change the world (PDF 24.5 MB)
- Justice for Breonna Taylor: young African-American EMT and first responder to COVID-19 shot and killed by police in her home in Louisville, Kentucky
- Justice for Tony McDade: a transgender African-American man who was shot and killed by police in Tallahassee, Florida
- Justice for Ahmaud Arbery: I Run with Maud! 25-year-old African-American man chased and gunned down by two white men on his morning jog in Glynn County, Georgia
- Sign dozens more #BlackLivesMatter petitions
- Black Lives Matter
- Black Visions Collective
- Reclaim the Block
- The Bail Project
- George Floyd Memorial Fund
- Minnesota Freedom Fund
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Follow and share on instagram
- Black Lives Matter
- Rachel Cargle
- The Conscious Kid
- Ibram X. Kendi
- The Antiracist Research & Policy Center
- Showing Up For Racial Justice
- The Great Unlearn
- Check Your Privilege
- Layla F. Saad
- No White Saviours
- Audre Lorde Project
- Danielle Coke
Recursos en español
- Repositorio Cepal - Discriminación étnico-racial y xenofobia en América Latina y el Caribe (PDF)
- Fundacion Gabo - 200 recursos para hacer frente al racismo y la discriminación racial
- The Primary School - Recursos antirracistas en español
Girls everywhere are undervalued, undermined and underestimated. But we’re calling time on inequality.
This is a movement for us all. Are you with us?
Phuong Anh, 23, from Hanoi on what intersectional feminism means to girls and women in Vietnam.