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Jessica, 8, is now back in the school that was severely damaged by Cyclone Idai

Cyclone Idai one year on: food crisis derails recovery

13 March 2020

The food crisis sweeping Southern Africa is threatening to derail recovery for countries devastated by Cyclone Idai.

Sex-for-food: girls face impossible choices in Southern Africa

4 November 2019

From sex-for-food to forced marriage, girls are caught between impossible choices for survival as severe food shortages sweep across Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.

Catherine and her daughter Alindine in front of their collapsed house in Mulanje district, Malawi.

Plan International responds to Cyclone Idai disaster

22 March 2019

Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe have declared a state of disaster as Plan International moves in to assist affected communities. 

Mother and child displaced by Cyclone Idai in Malawi

Urgent support needed for children affected by Cyclone Idai

19 March 2019

Following the destruction caused by Cyclone Idai, Plan International is working with governments and partners in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe to support families affected.

Melissa, 17, at home in Zimbabwe

Invisible and alone: social isolation blocks girls’ chances

9 May 2017

Domestic duties, restricted freedoms and early marriage push adolescent girls into social isolation, making it a major, unrecognised barrier to ending inequality. Find out more from this new research.

Nasreen from Pakistan has graduated school and college.

'Invisible girls' face normalised violence

9 May 2017

The low social status of marginalised adolescent girls exposes them to daily violence, our latest research warns. That this abuse is largely accepted threatens progress that could be made towards equality.

Girls at school in Zimbabwe

Law passed to end child marriage in Zimbabwe

21 January 2016

Plan International has welcomed Zimbabwe’s landmark judgement, declaring 18 the legal minimum age of marriage, while all forms of child marriage have been deemed unconstitutional.