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The protection of young women and girls in the Middle East and Northern Africa

7 December 2020

This publication looks at how policy, gender rights movements and civil society are affecting the protection of girls and young women in Lebanon, Sudan, Egypt, Syria and Jordan.

COVID-19: Six Months on Report

6 November 2020

Just over six months after the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic on 11 March 2020, the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in many parts of the Asia-Pacific region continues to grow at a rapid rate. Although several countries are now stable or improving, this unprecedented global and regional crisis calls for targeted response and preventative measures to avoid and mitigate further effects.

Through her Lens: The Impact of COVID-19 on Filipino Girls and Young Women

14 October 2020

This study, entitled “Through Her Lens”, is designed to analyze the impact of COVID-19 on Filipino girls and young women aged 13 to 24 years old.

Through an online survey, girls and young women from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao provided information on their perception on the effects of COVID-19 on various areas of their lives, specifically environment, health, education, and economic opportunities.

Call For Law Reform

8 October 2020

The current law in Bangladesh that addresses child marriage is the Child Marriage Restraint Act, 2017 (CMRA) that repealed the earlier British law of 1929. The Act sets the minimum age of marriage for a male as 21 years and for a female as 18 years. CMRA criminalizes contracting, allowing, or solemnising of a child marriage. In 2018, the Child Marriage Restraint Rules (the Rules) had been also formulated providing details of the formation and responsibilities of the Child Marriage Prevention Committees, along with other functional details.

Psychosocial Wellbeing Of Girls and Boys Post-Beirut Explosion

2 October 2020

The massive explosion that shook Beirut’s Port on 4 August 2020 caused widespread damage as far as the outskirts of Beirut. Individuals were killed and more than 6,500 were injured. More than 47,000 apartments sustained some level of damage as well as at least 163 public and private schools serving 85,000 students. The explosion hit Beirut at a time when Lebanon was already facing a severe economic, financial and socio-political crisis that is compounded by the COVID-19 outbreak, limiting access to services and opportunities.

Girls Action Plan in India

23 September 2020

The European Union’s Gender Action Plan II is coming to an end in 2020. As an organisation working with and for children and youth with a focus on girls, Plan International believes that it is essential to consider age and not only gender in the next Gender Action Plan (GAP III). Girls, in all their diversity, have specific needs that are distinct from those of adult women, and their priorities should be heard and integrated in the GAP III, as “nothing should be decided for girls without girls!” (young woman consulted, India).

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Rapid needs assessment for COVID-19 early recovery plan in Nepal

14 August 2020

Plan International Nepal's rapid needs assessment will inform its ongoing work to support communities to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Because We Matter

22 July 2020

Asia is home to more than half of the world’s 1.1 billion girls. Gender inequality in many parts of the region means that girls are often systematically disadvantaged and oppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. Girls’ development is hampered by child, early and forced marriage and high adolescent pregnancy rates. Across the region, gender- based violence against girls and women constitutes a serious and widespread rights violation, particularly with regard to domestic violence, marital rape, and trafficking in women and girls.