A blog by Dominique-Dee Jones, a member of our Youth Activists Series for 2020. This week Plan International Youth Activists are proud to release their youth-led research, A Better Normal: Girls Call For A Revolutionary Reset.
Despite being among the hardest hit by COVID-19’s secondary impacts, girls and young women continue to redefine leadership and strive for a more gender-just world.
Around the globe, and in communities where Plan International works, girls are taking a stand and leading the fight to end female genital mutilation (FGM).
In Sierra Leone, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is seen as an essential part of a girl's initiation into womanhood, and for 15-year-old Marie, the likelihood of FGM was high. But, after learning about her rights and the risks posed by FGM through a Plan International project, Marie took a stand against the practice and has become a respected activist in her community.
As the decade draws to a close, we look back at some of the greatest milestones in girls’ rights over the past 10 years.
At 10 years old, Billie is one of our youngest and most dedicated supporters! She has been fundraising for Plan International Australia for the last two years – to immense success – proving that age is no barrier when it comes to making a difference for girls.
This festive season, Mrs Claus is coming to town! We’re partnering with The Body Shop Australia, to bring you three fierce and powerful celebrity Mrs Claus’, to give Santa’s better half the portrayal and acknowledgement she – and every other woman – deserves. And you can meet them!
There have been many evolutions of our Safer Cities work over the last four years, and looking back we have seen some incredible outcomes and progress as a result. Alice is one of our Sydney-based Youth Activists and here she reflect on her involvement with Free to Be.
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.
All parents want to give their sons the best start in life. But how can you raise a boy with the freedom to be his true self when society has rigid expectations of what it means to be a boy – and how boys should look and act when they grow up to become men?
These photographs – created, taken and captioned by girls in the Solomon Islands – represent the barriers that are preventing adolescent girls from accessing and completing secondary education.
Girls often go unseen and unheard in times of crisis and everyday inequalities are made worse. In honour of #WorldRefugeeDay we’re amplifying the voices of girls living in crisis settings and sharing their stories.
The fourth instalment in the series,' Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Voices from Beirut' is a joint report by Plan International and Monash University’s Gender, Peace and Security research centre, focussing on adolescent girls who are refugees in a city, particularly in the context of Lebanon.
Today we celebrated the official launch of our new youth-led reports in the Solomon Islands, and three of our inspiring Youth Champions made a speech to mark the occasion.
This research, by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and Plan International, gives girls' recommendations on redefining leadership and the place of girls as power-holders. Girls were surveyed about their leadership aspirations, experience, confidence, encouragement role models, discrimination and more.
With a greater understanding of her rights and an opportunity to occupy spaces of power generally reserved for men, Layza is realising her potential thanks to sponsorship through Plan International
This snapshot analysis from Plan International Australia looks at social media commentary around sportswomen, compared to sportsmen in Australia. It examines variations in the nature of comments on social media posts regarding sportswomen and sportsmen, as well as responses to comments and discussion among social media users, and identifies common themes.
Why is group street harassment by men towards women often viewed as harmless, part of normal, permitted, male behaviour when in fact for girls and young women it can be frightening, restricting and undermining? In this new research report, girls and young women share their stories and reflect on their experiences
Together as a global community, we have made incredible inroads to end extreme poverty and inequality by acknowledging that it’s our global responsibility. Climate change, which is inherently biased against those who are already impacted by inequality, is undoing that.
In Uganda, as many as one in ten girls have been affected by sexual abuse and exploitation — and girls like Namusanza, Jazeo and Joy and tell us that this is a real issue for them at work.
A builder left her fathers house half-built. So Dilhara decided to finish the job herself.
What reduces good humans to mere bystanders when someone is in trouble? We’ve put together a handy guide to help you break out of the bystander bubble next time someone needs a hand.
Disasters disproportionately affect those who are already held back by society and when they strike girls are often overlooked, and critically so.
After 2017 opened the floodgates of a growing global movement for gender equality, all eyes were on 2018 and what it would bring. Here are just some of the wins for gender equality from 2018.
Gender inequality can be so entrenched, that girls are ignored, excluded and held back from the chance to overcome it. Which is why it’s so important for allies – who hold the power to speak out or even stand aside – to recognise their position to help ignite change. Meet the allies who are doing just that.
A new life is something to be celebrated and nurtured. A child’s first 1000 days, spanning from the moment of conception up until their second birthday, will influence their health, growth and learning potential for the rest of their lives. But when extreme gender inequality exists, some babies are disadvantaged and discriminated against, because of one characteristic. They were born a girl.
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.
This International Day of the Girl, we decided to dust off a blog post from last year, detailing why this day is so important.
The Lake Chad Crisis is one of the world’s most severe humanitarian emergencies. We spoke to adolescent girls living through it.
Almost a million Rohingya fled Myanmar and live in camps in Bangladesh. We spoke to girls caught up in this crisis.
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.
What is life life for young people growing up in one of our closest neighbours?
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.
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.
More than half a million Rohingya people have fled Myanmar during the last few months. Among them, there are thousands of pregnant women.
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.
With every day uncertain for Syrian refugees in Jordan, we interviewed woman and girls on their hopes and dreams for a peaceful future.
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.
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.
Passionate about bringing change to her home, Juliana, 12, became the voice of her community.
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.
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.
Being a teenage girl is tough. Being a teenage girl refugee is infinitely tougher.
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.
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.
Periods should be the most normal thing ever, but for millions of women it is still considered unspeakable.
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.
Survey finds one third Australian girls report not feeling safe in public places after dark
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.
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?’
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.
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.
Elizabeth Broderick has stepped down after eight years of making change as Sex Discrimination Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission.
Violence against women and girls is still a major global issue...
Lena Heady, known for her role as Queen Cersei Lannister in HBO’s Game of Thrones is expecting her second child – a girl