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
SAY YES TO GIRLS’ EDUCATION
Girls in the Solomon Islands know how important it is to get a good education. It’s critical to getting a good job and being able to contribute to their family and community.
But many girls are missing out because their families can’t afford to send them to school.
Education is expensive - especially in senior secondary school where fees increase dramatically. Families who are struggling face hard choices and it’s often girls who get left behind. With boys’ education often prioritised, too often girls have to drop out of school to work or look after their siblings, while their brothers get to finish high school.
It doesn’t need to be this way.
Our youth champions are calling on their government to break the barriers to girls’ education by ending school fees. Let’s get girls back to school and on to a brighter future.
This year’s the Federal Budget recorded the sixth consecutive decline in Australian Aid, and reduced Australian Aid funding to programs in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nepal, Cambodia and Pakistan.
The Government once again put being a good global citizen – and alleviating extreme poverty, inequality and injustice – at the bottom of its priority list.
Our poorest neighbours deserve better, particularly girls in South East Asia. Girls are disproportionately affected by humanitarian crises, and must be at the heart of any plan to create a more peaceful and just world.
Here’s how you can make a difference. A federal election will be held within weeks and both major parties are paying close attention to issues raised by the community.
If we show every parliamentarian that hundreds of people in their electorate have pledged to make Australian Aid a voting priority, it could be enough to pressure the Government to reverse the cuts and the Labor Party to step up their commitments.
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.
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.
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 has launched an official consultation into the Sexual Exploitation of Girls at Work. This is a huge opportunity to end this awful abuse of power.
With 50,374 signatures of support from Plan International supporters around the world, our youth advocates are taking their ask – for the consultation to focus on what happens when girls report – to the Ministry.
Join our movement for updates about this campaign and other ways you can get involved.
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.
Thanks to you, and the actions of hundreds of thousands of our fellow Australians, all the Kids are off Nauru.
The public pressure you helped create saw more than 100 children and their families evacuated from Nauru and has taken us one small step closer to a more humane approach towards people in need. Plan International Australia is non-partisan – we don’t take sides. But we won’t stand by while human rights are threatened. We will continue to call for all Australian parties to treat refugees with dignity and respect. We can only do this because we know you’re with us.
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