Esteban wins Nickelodeon and Plan International Together For Good competition
Only 1% of global humanitarian funding went to education in emergencies in 2014. Children need a global humanitarian fund for education now.
In Dosso, Niger 13-year-old Mariama has just discovered that she will be married in a few days time. Mariama's mother was worried that her daughter would have a child out of wedlock and then no one would marry her so she accepted 100,00 CFA (200 USD) as a dowry from a local market trader in his mid-20s.
66% of girls in Bangladesh are married under 18. To address this, Plan International supports a children's organisation that works with local government, community-based organisations and others in the area to create child marriage-free zones to stop early marriage.
In sub-Saharan Africa around 7 million girls are child brides. The causes of child marriage are common across Africa. Parents marry off their daughters due to poverty or out of fear for their safety. Tradition and the stigma of straying from tradition perpetuate child marriage in many communities. Crucially, gender inequality and the low value placed on girls underlie the practice.
Thirteen girls, 8 countries, one message: You haven’t seen the best of us... yet.That’s the message from adolescent girls performing a poem to rally girls around the struggle to overcome discrimination, claim their rights and celebrate better futures.