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.
This week, we want to say a very special, and heartfelt thank you to all of you – our incredible supporters – who have donated, advocated, fundraised, volunteered or even just shared our work with their friends and family during this difficult period – without you, we simply could not do the work we do. And to celebrate you, we're paying homage to some of our incredible supporters in the Plan International Australia community.
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.
Our latest report, Living Under Lockdown: Girls and COVID-19 is a review of evidence into how emergencies and humanitarian crises affect girls differently and includes interviews with girls specifically impacted by COVID-19.
In 2019, we were able to reach more than 40 million children with our work in communities around the globe. What we do wouldn't be possible without the generosity and collective action of our supporters, and to say thank you, we wanted to show you the incredible impact you made over the course of a year.
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!
In October, we introduced #GiveEqual, a way for you to help girls get equal for International Day of the Girl. By giving equal to the amount you spend on a nicety over a month – like your daily coffee – you were able to reflect on how even a seemingly small amount can have a huge impact in the life of a girl. Together we made a difference – here’s how!
Saffura overcame a personal challenge to take on one of the most coveted treks in the world during our Girls Trek to Peru this year, and she managed to raise over $5k for girls’ rights. We chatted to her about her experience and she let us in on some of her most successful fundraising secrets.
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.
Give Equal is a simple and impactful way for you to show your support for girls’ rights, while raising funds for projects that make the world a more equal place for girls. Our Communications Officer, Hannah decided to document her Give Equal experience and it might help you decide what you'd like to Give Equal to.
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.
Long standing advocates for children and gender equality, Friends of Plan Canberra are a community group who have supported Plan International for 40 years. In that time, they've raised an incredible $74,612 to support our life-changing projects around the world, and here they share their fundraising secrets!
Almost every issue affecting girls today boils down to one thing: a lack of options. A lack of choice is what holds girls back. From getting an education. From reaching their potential. And from choosing when and if they want children. At only 15, Celinda had this choice made for her.
This October, get behind International Day of the Girl by donating the amount you spend on the month’s niceties to provide girls with everyday necessities that help them get equal.
Are you considering taking part in our Trek for Girls Vietnam adventure, but not sure what to expect? Two years ago, our CEO Susanne completed the Sri Lanka challenge, and despite the different location, her story will you give you some insight into what it’s like out there on the trail!
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.
Two ground-breaking, youth-led reports featuring photographs taken and captioned by adolescent girls in the Solomon Islands that represent the barriers stopping adolescent girls from accessing and completing secondary education, and the change they want to see.
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.
It’s not every day that a 12-year-old girl stops her own child marriage but in northern Ethiopia, that’s exactly what Yekaba did.
Education has always been close to the hearts of Satwant and Doug Bridson and the 32 children they’ve sponsored through Plan International are living proof.
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.
Cycling 268km across Cambodia is no easy feat, but these dedicated Plan International supporters did it in the name of girls, raising an incredible $33,385 in the process!
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
Child marriage denies girls the freedom to make their own decisions, to be in charge of their bodies and in control of their futures, and you’ve been quick to mobilise and stand with us every time we’ve raised our voice to end this harmful practice.
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.
For a family like Helena’s living through the South Sudan crisis, these everyday items have been life-changing.
When Vai was young, she spent two days trapped in a tree without food when the floods came. But this time, she and her daughter nine-year-old Sen were ready.
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.
Klever, a 22-year-old activist in Chimborazo is embracing traditional folklore and symbolism to broach subjects that are far from traditional.
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.
In Melbourne to launch the final instalment of our Adolescent Girls in Crisis series, Plan International's Global CEO, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen spoke of the importance of listening to girls caught up in crises situations, in an opinion piece published by ABC online.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Driven by the death of her friend in the slums of Kampala Faridah is leading a group of girls making their city safer.
2017 was one step away from feeling like the whole world was ablaze. It's time to start celebrating our wins.
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.
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.
Plan International Australia is teaming up to quickly respond to disasters in 88 countries
A little while ago we got a lovely surprise — a video created by Year 10 students Lottie and Sophie from Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College.
Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is forbidden” in the original Hausa, has made no secret of its strong opposition to education.
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.
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.
From 25 November to 10 December we’re joining with organisations around the world to demand an end to violence against women and girls.
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.
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.
By Plan International’s community fundraising officer, and champion trekker, Christina Taylor