Gender inequality and discrimination against girls mean they are often robbed of the right to make their own life decisions - from what happens to their bodies, to when and to whom they marry.
Teenage pregnancy can rob girls of their potential by ceasing their education and giving them adult responsibilities. An estimated 18 million adolescent girls give birth every year.
Ensuring girls’ and young women realise their right to sexual and reproductive health and have control over their lives and bodies are critical to achieving gender equality.
We work with partners around the world to enable access to quality sexual health services, and eliminate harmful practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage.
It takes a village: ending FGM by creating new rituals
Rural communities in Guinea are creating new rituals that bring together the whole community with the aim of abolishing female genital mutilation (FGM) - for good.Read more
Busting period taboos and fighting child marriage in Bangladesh
Lucky was married at 14. Now she is empowering girls to stay in school and become financially empowered - all while busting menstruation taboos!Read more
7 short child marriage stories
These child marriage stories show how and why Plan International is working to prevent early marriage and reveal the effect our work is having on girls’ lives.Read more
Wedding Busters stop child marriage in Bangladesh
Children in Bangladesh are uniting against child marriage.Read more