Access to quality services
Stopping harmful traditional practices
- €25 million
6 February 2016Asnakech, from Ethiopia, was 12 when her parents decided it was time for her to ‘become a woman’. A self-taught circumciser came to her house, cut her clitoris and outer labia using a razor blade, then pressed ashes and cow manure on the bleeding cuts. In technical terms, this is called Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Asnakech can still remember how scared she felt and how no-one comforted her afterwards.
28 May 2015Confined indoors for 7 days, banned from using salt in food and made to miss school classes... Here, to mark Menstrual Hygiene Day on 28 May, girls from across the world bravely open up about the stigmas and difficulties they faced when they got their first period.
3 February 2015Fomba Fatimata Niambali, a member of Mali’s parliament, blogs on progress to stop Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and why organisations such as Plan must be involved in the fight.
19 November 2014A cheap, washable sanitary pad is helping girls in Uganda to get back to school this World Toilet Day, 19 November. Global press officer Jane Labous reports on how AfriPads and Plan’s Menstrual Health Management programme are changing lives.