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Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are the first line of defence against COVID-19. It’s widely recognised that access to clean, running water and soap for handwashing is a critical need that must be met in our global response to the pandemic, however there are other essential aspects of WASH that should not be forgotten at this time.

Periods in a Pandemic 1.09MB

Plan International and Arup developed the Child-Centred Urban Resilience Framework to involve vulnerable groups in planning processes. The framework guides organisations to design, plan and implement community resilience activities in urban settings.

Child-Centred Urban Resilience Framework: a tool for inclusive city planning 275KB

With at least half the world’s population kept at home by school closures, movement restrictions and isolation measures to protect public health, the economic, social and psychological impact on all of us, but particularly on those already vulnerable, will be huge.

Living Under Lockdown: Girls and COVID-19 1.3Mb

The world is facing a daunting pandemic – a virus that has transcended borders and had a huge impact on all of our daily lives. As communities, governments and health authorities tackle the spread and effects of COVID-19, it has never been more important for us all to come together.

How to help children cope with the COVID-19 pandemic 2.26Mb

Our submission sets out the principles that should underpin the new international development policy as well as a clear development agenda that centres on strengthening gender equality, state-society relationships and partnerships with children and young people, as well as meeting the challenge of climate change.

Submission to the review of Australia’s International Development Policy 152kb

With Australia going through the worst bushfire crisis on record, it can be hard to talk to kids about the destruction these fires are having across the country – especially the impact the fires may be having on them. This helpful guide is designed to help you navigate some of the difficult discussions with children that may come up during natural disasters.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Out-of-Control Fires 413KB

The social and regional impacts of climate change are not distributed equally or evenly. Instead, inequality – whether economic, social, or gender-based – increases vulnerability.

Girls' Rights in Climate Strategies 1.12Mb

The UN CRC has played a vital role in transforming the lives of millions of children since its adoption in 1989. But for all the extraordinary advances made since then, too many children have been left behind. The task ahead is clear: we must focus on the unfinished agenda and ‘the second revolution’ that will be required to realise the rights of all children.

A Second Revolution: Thirty years of child rights, and the unfinished agenda. 2.06Mb

To celebrate the power and potential of girls, today we’re releasing our special International Day of the Girl report – 'She Has a Plan: the unique power of girls to lead change'. We asked girls and young women around Australia to tell us about the issues they care about and the people who inspire them most.

She Has a Plan 1.18Mb

How film and media stereotypes affect the lives and leadership ambitions of girls and young women.

Rewrite Her Story 2.6Mb

This section of the report examines five countries as in-depth case studies – Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Timor-Leste and Fiji. Across the five countries, the key violence against children categories of physical violence, emotional violence, sexual violence and neglect have been examined to reflect the scale of the problem.

Unseen, Unsafe: Case Studies 13.6Mb

This ground-breaking report and photograph collection is an important evidence base that highlights what adolescent girls think and feel about the interlinking challenges they face to stay in school, and the change they want to see.

Our Education Our Future: Research Summary 2.13Mb

Violence against children is at endemic levels across Pacific island nations and Timor-Leste. Millions of children experience exceptionally high levels of physical, emotional and sexual violence, as well as neglect. For the vast majority of children, this violence is occurring in a place where they should feel safest: their homes.

Unseen, Unsafe 17Mb

In Plan International India’s Gender Vulnerability Index (GVI), Delhi Ranks 28th (out of 30 states) in India for Protection, as well as on the overall Gender Vulnerability Index (which has over 170 indicators), suggesting particular concerns in the area for women and girls.

Free to Be: Delhi 1.2Mb

Free to Be Kampala recorded nearly 1,300 valid pins from girls and young women under 30 years old. Girls and young women were primarily recruited by team members going to crowded areas and individually promoting the tool, directly encouraging participants to drop a pin and describe safe and unsafe areas or a specific incident.

Free to Be: Kampala 1Mb

Lima had a very high percentage of pins deemed bad compared to other cities. The threat of sexual harassment with and without physical contact was the main issue for the participants of Free to Be Lima.

Free to Be: Lima 1Mb

The research found that the threat of sexual harassment with and without physical contact was the main issue for the participants of Free to Be Madrid. Overall, more than four out of five of the young women and girls who participated in Madrid experienced many forms of sexual harassment, but particularly verbal harassment.

Free to Be - Madrid 1Mb

The threat of sexual harassment with and without physical contact was the main issue identified in connection with bad pins. Over two-thirds of the comments on bad pins included sexual harassment of some kind and 63% of all the pins identified gender-based discrimination as a factor.

Free to Be: Sydney 1Mb

In the course of this ground-breaking research, thousands of girls and young women have shared their stories of harassment and violence for the first time, providing a never-before seen glimpse of what they experience in their cities and the impact this has on their lives.

Unsafe in the City: Research Summary 476kb

Unsafe in the City is the first in a new series of the State of the World’s Girls reports from Plan International. It presents a worrying rise in intimidation and insecurity which is stopping girls from realising their true potential in our urban spaces.

Unsafe in the City: Full Report 2.95Mb

Understanding the ways in which refugee and vulnerable adolescent girls experience insecurity and demonstrate resilience in Beirut provides a foundation for the humanitarian sector to partner with them in both addressing their concerns and enhancing their capacities.

Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Voices from Beirut 1.5Mb

This report builds on Plan International’s evidence base from Half A Billion Reasons and It’s Our Time. Having painted a picture of the lives of adolescent girls globally and in our region, this report highlights the national context in one of our nearest neighbours.

Our Education Our Future 14.3Mb

What makes it hard for all young women and girls in the Solomon Islands to have the chance to go to and complete secondary school or have a second chance to complete informal education? What are the stumbling blocks or barriers?

Stronger Together: Girls Leading Change in the Solomon Islands 3.75Mb

The primary purpose of the research was to inform Plan International’s State of the World Girls report, released in October 2018. It built on Plan International’s extensive experience of working with adolescent girls and young women, including through the Safer Cities for Girls programme, and collected relatively comparable data to tell a story about what they experience as they move around their cities.

Unsafe on the Streets: Girls' and Young Women's Experience of Group Harassment 3.29Mb

Adolescent girls living through these three long-term crises face particular challenges in different locations. Their lives and experiences also illuminate the risks encountered and the courage shown by girls and young women dealing with similar situations all over the world.

Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Risk & Resilience 1.5Mb

This report sets out Plan International Australia’s progress and achievements between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018. We have referred to this period as ‘2018’. For more information about the topics covered in this report, visit

Annual Report 2018 7.9Mb

The opportunities for adolescent girls globally; to be educated, to lead, to enter the workforce and to be treated as equal at all levels of society, will determine whether families can break the cycle of inter-generational poverty and whether countries’ economies prosper and grow.

Its Our Time: Gender Equality for Adolescent Girls Through Australia’s Aid Program 7.2Mb

It is of fundamental importance to the security and well-being of adolescent Rohingya girls that their specific vulnerabilities and needs are addressed, and their voices and experiences inform policy and programmatic interventions.

Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Voices of the Rohingya 3.8Mb

For too many young women, street harassment leaves them feeling afraid, powerless and even at fault. Others have become desensitised to it, because after a while, it becomes ’something you have to deal with as a woman’, just a reality of life in the city.

Sexism in the City 1.7Mb

Gender and climate change adaptation (CCA) are among the most pressing issues in Cambodia today. Agencies are seeking to empower women and confront climate change, through targeted initiatives to address these issues directly and through widespread efforts to mainstream them in and across development programming.

Gender Mainstreaming into Community Based Climate Change Adaptation in Cambodia 2.95Mb

Now half a decade long, the conflict in South Sudan has displaced four million people and placed seven million in need of humanitarian assistance. While all civilians face multiple forms of insecurity, adolescent girls are affected by this protracted crisis in ways that are different both from adolescent boys and from adult women, and in ways that are often overlooked.

Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Voices From South Sudan 2.26Mb

It is now widely recognised that adolescence is a crucial time in the transition from childhood to adulthood. The expectations, opportunities, risks and needs for girls and boys diverge considerably during adolescence.

Half a Billion Reasons: Executive Summary 800kb

This report calls on all Australians – parliamentarians, policy makers, donors and individuals – to recognise that investing in adolescent girls can change the world.

Half a Billion Reasons: Full Report 7Mb

The Food Security as a Modality for Change Theory of Change is transformative in its ambition, seeking to transform attitudes and behaviours, advancing gender equality by challenging the root causes of discrimination.

Food Security as a Modality for Change 2.8Mb

This report sets out Plan International Australia’s progress and achievements between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017. We have referred to this period as ‘2017’. We strive for a just world that advances children's rights and equality for girls.

Annual Report 2017 3.8Mb

Despite significant progress in recent decades, and despite the commitments to gender equality set out in the Sustainable Development Goals, still globally there is a profound absence of evidence about the situation for girls. This this survey of 1,742 Australian girls aged 10 to 17 years old to gain rare insight into how this group experiences their world.

The Dream Gap: Australian Girls’ Views on Gender Equality 6.1Mb

No matter what their circumstances, girls worldwide face a wall of resistance in their struggle for gender equality. Despite laws, policies and global targets all put in place to advance change, the pace of progress remains alarmingly slow.

Unlock the Power of Girls Now 2.2Mb

Young women want more female leaders, and they think women are just as good as men at being leaders, including top jobs such as Prime Minister and CEO. But they are far less optimistic than young men about their own opportunities to become a leader.

She Can Lead 981kb

This year brings us to the end of our five-year strategy ‘Champion for Child Rights’. Our aim to become an organisation inspired at every level by child rights has certainly been achieved.

Annual Report 2016 4.1Mb

We heard that for many of you, the motivations to begin supporting Plan International were to make a lasting difference in the lives of others and to see the evidence of that impact.

Listening Tour 2016: Participant Feedback Report 6.3Mb

Child-Centred Urban Resilience Framework - A holistic, systematic and action-based framework for making cities more resilient for children and youth, girls and boys.

Child-Centred Urban Resilience Framework 11.5Mb

Despite significant gains in gender equality in Australia in recent decades, inequalities for women persist across many areas of life, gender stereotypes remain powerful, and discrimination on the basis of sex still occurs in many contexts.

Everyday Sexism 5.2Mb

The evaluation examined outcome indicators from the 4CA logical framework as well as criteria based on relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, cross-cutting issues (gender, disability, child centredness, inclusion of ethnic minorities, rurality) and sustainability.

Child Centred Climate Change Adaptation Project Evaluation 2.8Mb

Plan International Australia and Our Watch commissioned a survey of 600 Australian girls and young women aged 15–19, asking their views on personal safety and gender equality, including their sense of security in public spaces.

A Right to the Night 420kb

Responses to our questions about online safety indicate that girls and young women in Australia report endemic levels of abuse and harassment online.

Don't Send Me That Pic 735kb

This year marked the penultimate year of our five-year strategy and was, in many ways, our toughest year yet. We have seen swinging cuts to Australian aid that have reduced it to levels not seen since the inception of our nation’s overseas aid program more than four decades ago.

Annual Report 2015 5.67Mb

It has been a year to celebrate progress, to call for scaling up action, to question what is hindering gender equality and to make a renewed commitment to empowering women and girls.

BIAAG 2015: The Unfinished Business of Girls Rights 12Mb

In 2007, a 15-year-old girl in Nepal told us that despite all her efforts her parents “only have praise for my brother”. In the years to come we must ensure that her daughter, and girls everywhere, will never utter those words.

BIAAG 2015: Executive Summary 1.6Mb

This report includes voices from hundreds of young people around the world and carries their messages about how climate change affects them, the action necessary to fix it and their right to be part of the solution. Much of this report was written by children and young people based on consultations conducted by them.

We Stand As One: Children, Young People and Climate Change 9.4Mb

Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) is a core program area for Plan, in recognition of growing evidence from Plan’s own programs, as well as from around the world, that young children will only grow up to fulfil their potential when their rights to survival, protection, development, education and participation are guaranteed through integrated, quality and holistic early childhood programs.

Social Protection Programs and Early Childhood Development: Unexplored Potential 1.7Mb

This report is the result of a collaboration between Plan International and Save the Children, and was made possible through funding from the Australian Aid program’s Community-Based Climate Change Action Grants.

Child Centred Climate Resilience 6.8Mb

Every child has the right to education and the benefits it brings. In the developing world, an education can transform a child’s life and help to break the cycle of poverty. Education is also fundamental to achieving gender equality.

A Girls Right to Learn Without Fear 3.22Mb

The financial year 2014 was the third full year of our current five-year strategy. It was a period in which we took stock of how far we’ve come, and made some necessary changes to our operations to ensure we stay on track to meet our goals. It was also a year in which both our political and funding context changed, and we adapted accordingly.

Annual Report 2014 9Mb

This is the eighth in the annual ‘Because I am a Girl’ report series, published by Plan, which assesses the current state of the world’s girls. While women and children are recognised in policy and planning, girls’ needs and rights are often ignored.

BIAAG 2014: Executive Summary 6.5Mb

This is the eighth in the annual ‘Because I am a Girl’ report series, published by Plan, which assesses the current state of the world’s girls. While women and children are recognised in policy and planning, girls’ needs and rights are often ignored.

BIAAG 2014: Full Report 6.7Mb

This report explores the causes and harmful consequences of child marriage globally, with a special focus on our region and Australia. Child marriage occurs on an alarming scale around the world, including in many parts of the Indo-Pacific region – at least 14 million girls under the age of 18 marry every year globally.

Just Married, Just a Child: Child Marriage in the Indo-Pacific Region 11.2Mb

As is the case worldwide, gender inequality in Uganda continues to be prevalent. Socialisation into prescribed gender roles and unequal gender relations starts early – in fact, in utero. Early childhood is a critical time for the development of boys’ and girls’ sense of themselves and their place in the world.

Gender in Early Childhood Care and Development in Uganda 2.5Mb

The financial year 2013 was the second full year of our current five-year strategy: a period of consolidation and strengthening for Plan in Australia, setting the stage for further growth in scale, reach and quality in the years to come.

Annual Report 2013 9.59Mb

Our explicit aim is to frame the issues facing youth in development in more positive terms – to suggest that young people are not themselves an issue to be addressed, but are a key partner in development processes and capable of making significant contributions to solutions.

Reframing Youth: Reflections from the Child Rights Working Group Conference 1.84Mb

This 2013 ‘Because I am a Girl’ report looks at what happens to adolescent girls in disasters, and why. Using original research, reviews of secondary material, and the voices of girls themselves, we show how adolescent girls’ rights are being ignored before, during and after disasters.

BIAAG 2013: Adolescent Girls and Disasters 11Mb
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