We believe girls shouldn’t be discriminated against just for being girls. Our campaigns focus on giving girls the same opportunities as boys and tackle the issues faced by the most marginalised children, including girls.
Thanks to your amazing campaigning, we celebrated some huge wins in 2017. Courageous girls across the globe led campaigns and changed their futures, taking on issues from child marriage to sexual health and living safely in the world’s cities - including in Melbourne. But we’re still a long way from achieving gender equality.
Which is why this year we’ve launched our Half A Billion Reasons report, which shows how investing in girls can change the world. It’s why we stood with Rohingya girls to demand action from the international community. And it’s why we’ve launched our ground-breaking crowdmap, Free to Be, in Sydney, Delhi, Kampala, Lima and Madrid, to understand and transform girls’ experiences of the city.
Plan International Australia acknowledges the support of the Australian Government, which gives us a special grant to reach vulnerable children and their communities.
When girls are treated as equals all children will benefit. We are determined to see a world where all children are valued as equal and the most marginalised children are heard.
YOU CAN TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW WITH OUR CURRENT CAMPAIGNS
STOP SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AT WORK
As many as one in ten girls in Uganda are affected by sexual abuse and exploitation. And girls tell us that this is a real issue for them at work. Youth advocates Fiona, Faridah and Rowlings are calling for change and they need your support.
Girls and young women are often financially desperate, and jobs are hard to come by. Living in poverty with few options for escape means that these girls are at high risk of exploitation.
Some bosses coerce girls into having sex with them to secure a job, then force them to have sex with customers to keep it. With no other options girls stay in these awful situations, hoping it will get better.
When girls and young women are brave enough to speak out about being exploited, they are often ignored, not taken seriously, or silenced. This has to change.
The Ugandan Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development is about to launch an launch an official consultation into the Sexual Exploitation of Girls at Work. This is a huge opportunity to end this awful abuse of power.
Our deadline for the Australian Government to evacuate every child detained on Nauru, International Children’s Day, has passed. Despite hundreds of thousands of Australians calling for action, children are still trapped on Nauru and it's possible that those evacuated for medical attention will be returned.
Boys and girls in detention on Nauru not allowed to leave this tiny island the size of Melbourne Airport. These children have witnessed lipstitching, self-immolation and other suicide attempts.
The petition is now closed, but you can help us keep the pressure on by emailing your MP, attending a rally, or making a phone-call. Let’s show our leaders that we won’t give up until every child has been brought to Australia, or settled in a 3rd country that welcomes them.
GET THE FACTS
You may be all too familiar with the challenges girls face in Australia - like street harassment and the dream gap. But what about in other countries around the world. Some of the challenges are shared, some are different. Get your head around the problems and solutions and be a better ally and drive real change.
Our report, Half a Billion Reasons is the perfect place to learn more about the ways that investing in adolescent girls can change the world.
Thousands of you stood with young people in Kampala to make their city safer for everyone. Youth campaigners Jacklin, Sharon and Zahara asked the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to step up efforts to rid Kampala of all forms of violence and harassment – and the KCCA said yes!
These young women are part of Plan International’s Safer Cities program in Kampala, which has already had success working with local authorities, police and boda boda (motorcycle taxi) drivers to address threats to girls’ safety in the city. The practical steps they’ve asked for in their campaign were drawn from the everyday experiences of girls and young women.
With your signatures in hand, Jacklin, Sharon and Zahara met with the KCCA, and were thrilled when the authority agreed to their demands. They will now work closely with the KCCA as the actions are implemented.
When youth campaigners in Nepal, Sarita and Sabina, asked their Mayor to commit to end the trafficking of girls, you joined 46,013 people around the world to support their campaign. Sarita and Sabina handed over your signatures and their Mayor agreed to take action!
Every day, girls are being trafficked within Nepal, across the border into India and overseas. They’re being forcibly taken, coerced, targeted by men posing as their boyfriends and lured with the promise of work and a new life.
Once they’re taken away from their homes, these girls are being sexually exploited in brothels. They’re being forced into child marriage, domestic servitude and to work in clothes factories. They’re being abused for others’ gain, and it has to stop.
As a result of Sarita and Sabina’s campaign and your support, a new public awareness campaign will be launched, to make sure every girl in their area knows about the risks of trafficking. And this is just the start.
All girls have the right to feel safe in the city. Following the success of Free to Be in Melbourne, Plan International have expanded our crowd-mapping tool and the movement behind it to Sydney, Delhi, Kampala, Lima and Madrid
Each one of these cities is unique, with its own language, culture and geography. And yet, in each of these cities, and all over the world, girls face barriers to using public space in the ways men are able to. Unwanted attention and harassment and fears of assault and abuse when travelling alone or after dark change how girls and young women experience their cities.
Through Free to Be, girls and young women reported their experiences, and expressed solidarity with each other. The data and stories from the app are used in our advocacy with decision-makers to ensure that spaces and services are designed with girls’ experiences in mind.
Despite Australia’s commitment to addressing gender inequality globally, girls aged 10 to 19 are largely invisible in our aid, development and foreign policy.
Girls are at risk because of their age and gender. In every space they occupy including their home, school, and city, they are vulnerable. They are at risk of rape, violence, harassment and child marriage; of being unable to access secondary education; of being denied control of their sexual and reproductive health.
We already know how to make the world a better place for girls. The evidence is clear. When we create the conditions for adolescent girls to achieve gender equality, to be healthy, educated, safe and empowered, they build strong, sustainable and economically secure communities.
Almost 60 percent of refugees who’ve arrived in Bangladesh since August 25 are aged under 18, some 378,000 children. Many witnessed brutal violence and killing. Some saw their villages burnt to the ground. Our report, Childhood interrupted, revealed that girls are especially vulnerable, with violence and trafficking a constant threat.
Together with campaigners like you, we asked Julie Bishop to stand with Rohingya girls. Since then:
The Australian Government has announced an additional $15 million to assist the 900,000 displaced Rohingya people who are now living in Bangladesh.
Of the $15 million commitment, the government emphasised that alongside the provision of food and nutrition programmes, the funds will support child protection services, and counselling and medical services for women and girls who have survived sexual and gender-based violence.