Avril* dropped out of school to support her family, then became pregnant and is now a single mother. Her situation makes her invisible to her government and more vulnerable as a result.
In Brazil, a woman is assaulted every 15 seconds and one is murdered every two hours. For 18 year old Larice, home is a dangerous community in São Luís, North East Brazil. Violence is rife, gangs rule the roost and robberies take place on a daily basis. Here, she reveals how she dodges danger on her way to school.
In Sub-Saharan Africa around 7 million girls are child brides. Plan International works to prevent child marriages by implementing various programmes across Africa and the world.
Girlene, 30, from Sao Luis, was abused by her father, raped by her stepfather and left to live on the streets at 13. She is a true survivor who’s battling Brazil’s growing issue of violence against girls and women.Now, she’s found hope through dancing and she’s sharing her story so another generation of girls don’t suffer what she did.
In Delhi, Plan International asked girls about their experiences of living in the city. First we interviewed girls in their neighbourhood, then they did a safety walk mapping out their local area, looking at where girls feel safe and unsafe.
Girls trafficked into domestic labour are receiving training so they can change their lives thanks to a Plan International programme.Thousands of girls are being trafficked from rural Togo to work as unpaid domestic servants every year.
Plan International is working with men in refugee camps to prevent violence against girls and women.Since 2014, we have been serving as UNHCR’s sole protection partner in all 5 refugee camps in Rwanda and in Kigali for urban refugees.
Young women who turned to sex work following the Liberian civil war are changing their lives and their children’s futures thanks to skills training provided by Plan International.