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What do we do?

Gender equality and inclusion are central to achieving our vision of rights and opportunities for every child.

Marginalisation and exclusion exist for many reasons, including language, ethnicity, disability and gender. Whatever its causes and wherever they are, we will address them head-on to reduce their effects on children’s rights.

How do we do it?

Wherever we work, we identify groups who are excluded from social opportunities and who face barriers in accessing their human rights. We help excluded groups come together to reflect on barriers they face and claim their rights, tackling the root causes of exclusion.

Our particular emphasis is on women and girls – often the most marginalised group in a community.

Exclusion and gender inequality vary from community to community, and from country to country, often depending on social norms, values, perceptions and laws. In all communities where Plan International works, we encounter different types of stereotyping, discrimination and unequal distribution of power. Too often, this prevents some people from participating fully in the decisions that affect them.

Plan International’s work addresses imbalances of power by understanding local contexts, and how exclusion and gender inequality affect different community members. We then take steps to ensure everyone has equal opportunities and can play a full part in community life.

CCCD in action

Our Champions of Change programme, part of our Because I am a Girl campaign, looks at the vital role that boys and men have to play in achieving gender equality, and overcoming widespread norms such as gender-based violence and discrimination. Through the programme, we have connected a network of boys and men aged 14-18 in xx countries, helping them become peer-educators in their own communities for girls’ rights. “I have learned to value girls and women, and respect them as human beings.”  Yelsin, 17-year-old participant from Honduras.

Honduras Boys hold cards reading 'masculinity, equality, tolerance'
Boys hold cards reading 'masculinity, equality, tolerance'