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Often, real, tangible change can feel like an impossible task. Yet there is incredible power in numbers, especially when it comes to advocacy work. Here at Plan International Australia we have seen firsthand the progress that is possible when our community comes together for a common cause. This is what change looks like.
Saúl Zavarce is Venezuelan-born, a passionate advocate for gender equality and a great dancer, He is also Plan International Australia’s Campaigns & Youth Officer and recently he delivered the following speech to a 600-strong audience at a breakfast event organised by the International Day of the Girl Adelaide committee.
Schoolgirls in the community of Hatibandha, Bangladesh once had to wade across a dangerous river just to get to class, but they no longer need to thanks to the new girl's dormitory at their school.
According to our latest report, gender equality won’t be possible for the next generation of women if adolescent girls, aged 10-19 continue to be left out of our aid and development agenda.
This World Food Day (16th of October), we’ve teamed up with our partners at Whole Kids to recognise the powerful role of grandmothers, both here and overseas, in the passing of recipes from generation to generation, and the nurturing impact this has on children.
Girls realised their potential as leaders, experienced how it feels to be heard and saw that they are capable of bringing about great change. This is International Day of the Girl.
Sydney and Kampala may seem worlds apart, but that didn’t stop our youth activists from each city sitting opposite one another to discuss their experiences of safety in the city.
We’re launching the findings our Unsafe in the City report, which reveals startling levels of street harassment and an overwhelming feeling from girls that they are powerless to change it.
This International Day of the Girl, we decided to dust off a blog post from last year, detailing why this day is so important.
Local girls in Kampala, Uganda are taking a stand with a petition against violence and street harassment and they need your signature.
All over the world, women and girls face street harassment every day. But we can end harassment in cities across the globe.
We want kids to know that their dreams don’t have to be dictated by their gender, their background or their abilities.
The Lake Chad Crisis is one of the world’s most severe humanitarian emergencies. We spoke to adolescent girls living through it.
One year on, girls are finding strength through forging fierce friendships.
It can be overwhelming and difficult for kids when they see other children like them suffering.
The stereotype about millennials being lazy, and self-absorbed is well and truly due to be put to bed.
We know so many young people care about the world, so what are some of the things parents and guardians can do to foster these motivations in a way that steers them to finding fulfilling work?
NAIDOC week is here. It’s a time to recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Almost a million Rohingya fled Myanmar and live in camps in Bangladesh. We spoke to girls caught up in this crisis.
We asked parents what it's like to raise children in a new world. Their answers are a portrait of bridging their past and present to create a better future for their children.
How can we help kids have a say in their future when climate change is a constant threat?
Our recent report with Monash University aims to bring forward the voices of adolescent girls living in South Sudan, their struggles, their fears and hopes for the future.
To help smash the stigma surrounding that time of the month, we asked women to tell us about their very first period.
What is life life for young people growing up in one of our closest neighbours?
It often feels like girls bear the brunt of the pitfalls of our rapidly evolving online world.
We asked our Youth Activists how we as adults, parents, colleagues, uncles, aunts, grandparents and friends can help empower young people to take on the world.
Healthy eating can help give kids the best start in life.
Only five percent of all village chiefs in Timor-Leste are women. But they're inspiring women in girls to take control of their futures.
We want to feel confident that we’re raising the next generation of boys to be allies.
How can we encourage our children to build diverse, inclusive friendships?
For International Women’s Day, we spoke to women blazing trails in their field, to show girls that they too can take on the world.
How can we make the internet a safe, inclusive space for our kids?
Talking to your kids about staying safe online can be tricky to navigate. We decided to turn the tables and get sixteen-year-olds to interview their parents about internet safety.
After FGM caused martial issues for her daughter, Fatoumata refused to take her granddaughters to be cut.
Imam Naga Sacko lost his only daughter after she was cut. His story is driving change to end the harmful practice in his village.
Meet the grandmother determined to end female genital mutilation.
We asked three young people how they navigate the rapidly evolving online world.
Driven by the death of her friend in the slums of Kampala Faridah is leading a group of girls making their city safer.
Over half those who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar are children.
2017 was one step away from feeling like the whole world was ablaze. It's time to start celebrating our wins.
More than half a million Rohingya people have fled Myanmar during the last few months. Among them, there are thousands of pregnant women.
Using plastic and wood to make toys, Rohingya children are finding ways to play and be kids in extraordinary circumstances.
Rohingya couple Dilara and Rahimullah grapple with this question every day.
For girls living with a disability, it's near impossible to access quality health care and family planning.
Child marriage cuts across countries, cultures, religions and backgrounds.
For some, it seems to be the most offensive day of the year.
With every day uncertain for Syrian refugees in Jordan, we interviewed woman and girls on their hopes and dreams for a peaceful future.
In a country with a teenage pregnancy rate of 24 per cent, the Timorese government is currently considering the introduction of an alarming new family planning policy.
It’s a sad fact that the world’s poorest children, who have contributed the least to climate change, are the worst affected by it.
This is Georgia’s story about why she strives for change in the world and why she became one our Youth Activist Leaders.
At the young age of 13, Sanita stopped her own child marriage. Now 10 years later, she is a champion for girls’ rights and a role model in her community. This is her story.
We want you to know the facts about face-to-face fundraising and to let you know exactly where your donations go.
We've highlighted five negative attitudes towards the food crisis in East Africa and how you can help correct the record.
This World Refugee Day we're addressing the importance of birth registration for displaced children.
Plan International Australia is teaming up to quickly respond to disasters in 88 countries
Mary spent three years searching for her two sons who were kidnapped by Boko Haram. A month ago, she was finally reunited with her boys.
A little while ago we got a lovely surprise — a video created by Year 10 students Lottie and Sophie from Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College.
I could have been at a parenting class anywhere in the world. No sense of pain from a brutal war. No sense of hardship faced as a refugee. Just a bunch of mums chit-chatting about being mums.
Storytelling has always been an important part of Ethiopian culture, but refugee life has a way of threatening even the most entrenched traditions.
Meet Sue and Doug Hair, child sponsors since 1972, who have held onto their old letters and photos over the years.
Lindsay Sparrow has a long connection with Plan International but there’s another thing he shares with us: this year, like us, he’s turning 80.
Plan International is 80 years old. So how has the world and our role in it changed?
A frequent visitor to Vietnam, Dr. David Booth has seen first-hand the change in his sponsored children’s community.
Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is forbidden” in the original Hausa, has made no secret of its strong opposition to education.
Famine has been declared in South Sudan. Here's what you need to know.
Just when you think we’ve become apathetic, overwhelmed or fatigued in the face of global challenges, people surprise you. Where change seems impossible, people rise to the occasion.
All around the globe the rights of girls are in the balance, their freedoms are at risk and governments are making decisions that could change girls’ lives forever.
Nine-year-old Amel is determined to see the end of female genital mutilation in her village.
Meet the men taking a stand against female genital mutilation in Egypt.
Despite being outlawed for years, female genital mutilation is still widely practiced in Egypt and it's doctors who are failing young women and girls.
We're teaming up with Whole Kids to deliver 500,000 nutritious breakfasts to kids in Cambodia this year.
For young people like Resty, Nololo and Sarak in Uganda, learning to start their own business means life-changing independence.
Passionate about bringing change to her home, Juliana, 12, became the voice of her community.
These key moments from 2016 make us optimistic about the future for children’s rights in 2017.
Girls from around the world have made their presence felt by standing up for their rights. Here’s a run-down of some of the inspirational girls and young women who made a positive difference in 2016.
For Syrian children forging a new life, schooling and psychosocial support can provide friendship, community and a sense of belonging to help them feel safe and be kids.
From 25 November to 10 December we’re joining with organisations around the world to demand an end to violence against women and girls.
The majority of those affected by humanitarian emergencies are children.
Saturday October 15th is Global Handwashing Day, a day to promote and recognize the importance of handwashing with soap as an affordable and effective way to maintain health and wellbeing.
We’re wishing the Global Goals a happy first birthday! On this day last year, Australia was one of 193 countries that signed up to an ambitious set of goals and targets, known as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Every single child, regardless of where they were born and where they are now, has the right to feel safe.
Being a teenage girl is tough. Being a teenage girl refugee is infinitely tougher.
It's been six months since the worst cyclone in Fiji's history. Our Humanitarian Advisor, Evan Davies reports on how disaster preparedness can save lives when disaster strikes.
Aid workers at Plan International Australia have shared their defining moments from the field to mark World Humanitarian Day (August 19).
As the world’s attention turns to Rio, Brazilian girls and women want to see the end of gender based violence and discrimination. These are just some of their stories.
The violence in South Sudan is leading to a children’s crisis.
Plan International is collecting signatures from people around the world who wish to stand in solidarity with courageous young campaigners in Malawi.
I don’t know who came up with #nowomanever, but I love what it represents: a global groundswell of calling out threatening, harassing behaviour in all of its many forms.
To realise our vision of a fairer world for all, it’s vital that we overcome division.
Plan International is setting out a new purpose so that we can focus on the most marginalised group of children: girls.
For those that survived, loss, stigma and ill-health mean recovery will be a long journey.
Periods should be the most normal thing ever, but for millions of women it is still considered unspeakable.
Plan international's Imogen Wilson recently traveled to Timor-Leste and saw the devestating impact drought was having on its people.
Beauty, an orphan, lives with her grandmother and three younger siblings. There is no food at home. Each day, Beauty wakes at 4 am to fetch water and pound dry corn with a stick before setting off on the 18 kilometre walk to school.
Food and water distributions are helping communities survive despite El Niño fueled droughts but long-term needs remain, writes Plan International’s Jonathan Mitchell.
Survey finds one third Australian girls report not feeling safe in public places after dark
The Ecuador earthquake has claimed the lives of over 650 people and injured over 16,600. According to the UN, over 280 schools have been damaged, leaving 120,000 children without access to education.
After months of planning, the first deaf school in Nepal’s Dolakha district was built. Three weeks later the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck, devastating the country.
This week is National Youth Week, so we’re celebrating examples of young people stepping up to make a change, just like Santiago.
What does it take to raise healthy kids, free from life-threatening illnesses? An entire village.
For more than a year, Daniela has been out on the streets signing up child sponsors for Plan International Australia. Here, she talks about the highs and lows of her day job.
For many Syrian women and girl refugees, exploitation, abuse and sexual harassment is a daily threat.
This International Women’s Day, on 8 March, we're celebrating the girls who will grow up to become tomorrow's #WonderWomen. They are the leaders, role models and heroines of the future.
New survey data published by Plan International and Our Watch in the report titled ‘Don’t send me that pic’ reveal Australian teenage girls’ perceptions about uninvited sexually explicit images, pressure to take and send sexy photographs and cyberbullying.
Wide-eyed and intensely focused, Vai holds onto every word as a local Plan staff member reads a letter from her sponsor.
Right now, throughout the world, children are feeling the impacts of climate change.
The effects of El Niño have devastated parts of Africa, with severe drought causing widespread food shortages and destroying livelihoods.
Aussie kids are back to school this week – that means new pencils, a few nerves, big smiles and growing up. We love back-to-school week at Plan International.
I discovered the Because I Am a Girl campaign in the early days of my work with Plan International. The campaign resonated with me because, as the eldest of four girls, I grew up with people constantly saying to my parents ‘you poor things’ or ‘are you going to keep trying for a boy?’
Escalating political violence in the East African nation of Burundi is fueling a refugee crisis in neighbouring countries. As hundreds of thousands of people flee, resources are being pushed to breaking point.
There’s a humanitarian disaster unfolding that isn’t making headlines. El Niño, the most severe weather phenomenon in history, is driving millions of people into debt, hunger and poverty.
Plan International Australia CEO Ian Wishart shares five questions people rarely ask before sponsoring a child.
OK, World. You’ve signed up to achieving gender equality. Great stuff! When you signed up to achieving 17 Global Goals to end poverty, we were thrilled to see gender equality make it up there. Now the world’s girls need you to make it happen.
We have seen you get behind countless causes, people and campaigns that demand a fairer world for women and girls. And your collective voice has made change. Here are ten achievements the whole world can be proud of.
Through a Plan International project, young people are able to access skills training, and paid internship placements to kick start their careers. This opportunity can be the difference between a life of poverty, and one of earning, and dignity.
All children must have access to their rights. This International Day of People with Disabilities, meet five kids living with disabilities and taking life on.
With new skills, Noy's village is building brand-new toilets for each other, with each other.
By Plan International’s community fundraising officer, and champion trekker, Christina Taylor
As a 30-something-year-old, my birthday is now a bit of a non-event. Gone are the days where you can’t sleep the night before in anticipation, and where you go to bed early just so the day will come quicker.
Six months ago, Manju’s life turned upside-down after the earthquakes destroyed her village in Nepal. She lost her home and her school.
Elizabeth Broderick has stepped down after eight years of making change as Sex Discrimination Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission.
Before the April earthquakes in Nepal, around 30% of Nepali people had no access to basic sanitation.
At Plan, we're in the game of counting one of the most important things in the world: children.
Violence against women and girls is still a major global issue...
Children and their families are fleeing for a safe place to sleep - in the millions.
Plan International is responding to the devastating Myanmar floods currently impacting thousands of children and their families. Of serious concern is the water contamination in some areas. You can help Myanmar today.
Climate change is having a real impact on the lives of children, especially children living in poor communities.
One million schools were destroyed in the Nepal quake. Yet one per cent of funding globally is spent on education in disasters.
Many girls miss four or five days of school when they get their period each month and fall behind in their learning.
Lena Heady, known for her role as Queen Cersei Lannister in HBO’s Game of Thrones is expecting her second child – a girl
Plan Australia’s Policy and Advocacy team conducted some research into something that happens to women every month: the almighty period.
How has the world been tracking since the Millenium Development Goals were set in 2000?
Nepal quake: children highly vulnerable, in urgent need of aid