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
9 out of 10 girls believe women leaders suffer sexual harassment
A clear majority of girls worldwide want to take on leadership roles in the workplace, politics and wider society. However, 9 out of 10 of them believe women leaders will suffer discrimination and sexual harassment.Read more
Brazil bans child marriage for under 16's
Brazil has passed a law banning the marriage of children under 16 following a two-year-long campaign by politicians and NGOs including Plan International.Read more
Health app helps teens avoid pregnancy
A new smartphone app is helping combat teenage pregnancy in Timor Leste by providing teenagers access to sexual and reproductive health services and information.Read more