Plan International report: Boys and men putting need for social acceptance ahead of girls’ right to feel safe
Groups of boys and men see street harassment, from catcalling and making lewd comments to following or chasing girls, as a form of entertainment and male bonding, according to a new report in five global cities from child rights organisation Plan International.
Plan International welcomes parliamentary committee’s strong vision for future of aid
Leading girls’ rights agency Plan International Australia has welcomed the strong vision set out in the first report of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade’s Inquiry into Australia’s aid program.
Stingy and short sighted: Declining aid budget to negatively impact girls around the world
After Treasurer Josh Frydenberg delivered the Australian Government’s budget, Plan International Australia CEO, Susanne Legena, said: “Tonight, the Government has once again put being a good global citizen – and alleviating extreme poverty, inequality and injustice - at the bottom of its priority list, with aid declining for the sixth consecutive budget.
Plan International scales up response to Cyclone Idai with hundreds of thousands in desperate need
Plan International has scaled up its response to Tropical Cyclone Idai across Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, with hundreds of thousands in desperate need of assistance.
Girls displaced by Cyclone Idai face increased risk of gender-based abuse and discrimination, Plan International warns
Adolescent girls displaced by Tropical Cyclone Idai in Southern Africa face increased risk of gender-based abuse and discrimination, Plan International has today warned.
Plan International responds to Cyclone Idai after Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi declare disaster
Plan International’s emergency response teams are carrying out rapid needs assessments in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, as part of the organisation’s Tropical Cyclone Idai response.
Plan International Australia stands with young people striking for climate action
Leading girls’ rights agency Plan International Australia is standing in solidarity with young people in Australia and around the world who are going on strike today to demand action on climate change.
Plan International calls for children to be brought back from Syria
Plan International is calling on the Australian Government to urgently transfer an Australian woman living in a Syrian refugee camp and her young children back to Australia so that the children can receive much-needed medical care.
Plan International Australia welcomes Labor commitment to strengthen Australian aid
Leading girls’ rights agency Plan International Australia has welcomed the commitments to Australian aid made by Shadow Foreign Minister Penny Wong last night, including an announcement of $32 million funding over four years for the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).
Australia’s fearless girls growing into fearful young women, Plan International Australia research finds
Girls in Australia suffer a dramatic loss of confidence as they grow up to become young women, according to research from leading girls’ rights agency Plan International Australia.
Plan International Australia calls for end to Australian weapons exports to Yemen, welcomes humanitarian support
Plan International Australia is calling for an end to Australian defence exports to any parties involved in the conflict in Yemen, after the Australian government pledged $10 million in aid to the humanitarian crisis.
Plan International Australia recognises landmark court decision for justice for survivors of sexual abuse
Plan International Australia CEO Susanne Legena has recognised today’s landmark court decision for justice for survivors of sexual abuse in Australia.
Humanitarian support for Rohingya refugees must prioritise adolescent girls and education: Plan International
It is critical that education, and the particular needs of adolescent girls are prioritised in the humanitarian response for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, says Plan International.
Plan International Australia welcomes significant moment for refugees
Plan International Australia has welcomed the passing of a bill in Parliament to help bring sick refugees in offshore detention to Australia for medical treatment.
Period emoji gets go-ahead to be added to emoji keyboard: Plan International
A period emoji has today been given the green light and is due to hit smartphone keyboards in early 2019, giving women and girls a much-needed new way to talk about their periods.
Plan International urges support for bill, demands certainty for refugees
Plan International Australia is urging federal politicians to back an independent member’s bill to speed up medical transfers to Australia of sick refugees detained on Nauru and Manus Island.
Venezuela’s girls at risk of violence and exploitation amid political turmoil, says Plan International
Plan International is extremely concerned about the impact of the current political turmoil in Venezuela on the country’s children, especially girls, and is responding to support those affected.
Plan International Australia statement in response to tragic death of Aiia Maasarwe
Plan International Australia has made a statement in response to tragic death of Aiia Maasarwe. Hayley Cull, Plan International Australia’s Director of Advocacy, said: “Once again we are mourning the tragic loss of a young woman cruelly taken from her family and friends, and standing by them in their unimaginable grief.
Plan International in Indonesia preparing to respond to Indonesian tsunami
After a tsunami struck beaches around the Sunda Strait in Indonesia on 23 December, killing at least 160 people, Plan International in Indonesia is preparing to deploy an assessment team to survey the situation in preparation for an aid response.
Plan International Australia deeply concerned at Government’s lack of commitment to aid
Plan International Australia has expressed deep concern at the Federal Government’s lack of commitment to Australia’s aid program after effectively cutting the aid budget yet again in its Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO), despite the forecast return to surplus.
Plan International calls for federal politicians to step up and get children off Nauru
Plan International Australia is calling for federal politicians to support an independent member’s bill requiring the urgent evacuation of refugee and asylum seeker children from Nauru.
Plan International launches new podcast Sexism and the City
Media personality Jan Fran tackles the important questions we need to be asking in Sexism and the City, a new podcast by girls’ rights organisation Plan International.
Phelps to serve Morrison with 170k signatures calling for Kids Off Nauru
The Prime Minister and Opposition Leader will be delivered a powerful message today to protest Australia’s inhumane practice of trapping refugee children and their families indefinitely in offshore detention.
Plan International deeply concerned Federal Government won't sign migration compact
Plan International expresses deep concern at the Federal Government’s announcement that it will not sign the United Nation’s Global Compact on Migration.
Supporting the prevention of sexual misconduct in the international development sector
Plan International Australia welcomes the findings of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine’s independent review on sexual misconduct in the international development sector.
Girls worldwide facing catastrophic consequences of conflicts reveals Plan International study
Adolescent girls worldwide are facing catastrophic consequences of conflicts and forced displacement as they battle sexual violence, isolation and feelings of suicide, a new report by child rights organisation Plan International reveals.
Plan International calls for genuine action to address gender pay gap
Plan International Australia has called for urgent action to tackle inequality in the workplace, as new figures show women still make, on average, about a fifth less than their male counterparts.
Child marriage Facebook auction reminiscent of slave markets says Plan International
An auction has been held on Facebook to facilitate the child marriage of a 16-year-old girl in South Sudan.
Plan International responds to Australian government's renewed Pacific focus
Plan International responds to Australian government's renewed Pacific focus.
Plan International calls for government to immediately remove all children from Nauru
Plan International is calling on the Australian Government to immediately remove all children from Nauru.
Plan International urges action after research finds Australian government failing the most vulnerable children
Plan International is urging action after a new report finds the Australian government is failing the country’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children.
Plan International calls for urgent action to get children off Nauru
Child rights organisation Plan International is strongly urging both sides of Parliament to ensure all children on Nauru are brought to Australia or resettled in New Zealand as soon as possible.
A blind spot in Australia’s aid program is leaving millions of girls out of secondary education, a new report from child rights organisation Plan International reveals.
A blind spot in Australia’s aid program is leaving millions of girls out of secondary education, a new report from child rights organisation Plan International reveals.
New report highlights harassment and abuse of girls in cities
From masturbation in public to being groped and sexually assaulted, girls are suffering relentless harassment and abuse in cities worldwide, a new report from child rights organisation Plan International reveals.
Plan International in Indonesia is deploying an emergency response team to the island of Sulawesi
Plan International Indonesia’s emergency response team is on the ground in Palu and Donggala to carry out a rapid needs assessment as part of the coordinated response to the Indonesia earthquake and tsunami.
Plan International in Indonesia is deploying an emergency response team to the island of Sulawesi
Plan International in Indonesia looks to support needs of girls and women in wake of devastating tsunami. Working through partner organisation Yayasan Plan International Indonesia, the child rights agency will assess the needs of children – and girls and young women in particular – alongside other organisations on the ground.
Plan International joins 30 strong coalition to get kids off Nauru
Child rights organisation Plan International Australia has joined a 30-strong coalition of human rights and development agencies to demand the Coalition Government release all children held in detention on Nauru by 20 November. The Kids Off Nauru campaign launched in Canberra today. It gives the Government 92 days – or until International Children’s Day – to release the 119 children currently imprisoned on Nauru.
How to talk to kids about the global refugee crisis
A new guide for parents to help their kids make sense of the worsening global refugee crisis has been launched by global child right’s organisation Plan International Australia to mark World Humanitarian Day (19 August).
Foreign aid is quietly failing teen girls
Teens in the developing world are being overlooked in aid funding, according to an international report spanning 15 years of data, released by the Murdoch Children’s Research Centre and Harvard Medical School today.
Children in Lombok scared and anxious after earthquake
As recovery efforts to free trapped survivors from a major earthquake that has claimed 105 lives in Lombok enters day three, thousands of children remain without adequate shelter and out of school.
Plan International emergency team responds to Lombok earthquake
As the death toll from a second powerful earthquake to strike Lombok in less than a week rises, Plan International staff on the ground are preparing to scale up its humanitarian response.
Girls have little to no desire to pursue a career in politics
Girls and young women in Australia are reluctant to pursue a career in politics, saying they worry about being treated unfairly, according to research from global girls rights group Plan International Australia.
South Sudan girls tell of heartbreak and hoplessness
Australian researchers have revealed one in four South Sudanese girls have contemplated suicide as the conflict-ravaged country enters its fifth year of war and its second year of severe food shortages.
Rohingya girls reveal horrific stories of abuse
Speaking out for the first time since fleeing violence in Myanmar, Rohingya girls aged 10 to 19 have shared their stories of horrific physical and sexual violence, their isolation in the camps, and their hopes of attending school.
Councils and city planners must step up to make cities safer
The tragic death of Eurydice Dixon has prompted women across the country to discuss their fears, frustrations, and how they move around their cities after dark.
Sexism in the City report reveals harassment linked to mental health problems
A new report from global girls’ rights group Plan International Australia has found a concerning link between multiple experiences of street harassment and poor mental health among young women. The Sexism in the City report, released today, is a survey of 500 women aged 18 to 25 in Sydney. It revealed one in three young women who have been harassed more than once a month self-report anxiety or depression as a direct result. The most common forms of street harassment reported were: cat-calling (83%), menacing behaviour (55%), being told to smile (44%), having their path blocked (30%), being touched inappropriately (30%), physical violence/sexual assault (10%).
2018 Federal Budget response
Plan International Australia has responded to the 2018 Federal aid budget.
Majority of young women in Sydney feel unsafe after dark
Research from Plan International Australia has revealed young women in Sydney overwhelmingly feel unsafe at night, on public transport and while navigating the city alone, even during the day.
Aid budget cuts would be utterly shameful
Plan International Australia CEO Susanne Legena on reports the government is considering a ten per cent cut to the Australian aid budget.
Teen pregnancy rates in the Asia Pacific are rising
An increase in teen pregnancies in the East Asia-Pacific over the past decade has prompted calls for an urgent new focus on teenage girls in Australia’s aid and development program.
Australia is failing teenage girls
More than half a billion girls worldwide are being ignored in foreign policy and funding, despite facing insurmountable problems and suffering intense hardships, according to a new report released today. Girls’ rights organisation Plan International Australia’s Half a Billion Reasons report is the first thorough analysis of issues facing teenage girls worldwide. The report focuses on child marriage, teen pregnancy, and lack of access to education, gender-based violence and discrimination faced by 500,000,000 teenage girls currently living in the developing world.
3D Printers turn plastic trash into treasure
Solar powered 3D printers designed to repurpose ubiquitous plastic rubbish and help improve access to clean water supply have been successfully trialled in the Solomon Islands.
Susanne Legena appointed new CEO of Plan International Australia
Leading child rights and development agency Plan International Australia has today announced Susanne Legena as its new CEO to further the organisation’s mission of championing girls’ rights and lifting children out of poverty.
Wild elephants and snakes, violent men lurking in the forest and human traffickers on the prowl during the night. These are among the most pressing fears identified by Rohingya children who fled fighting in Myanmar to Bangladesh, according to a new report launched today by Save the Children, Plan International and World Vision and to coincide with the six month mark of the crisis.
No country on track to achieve gender equality by 2030 as world leaders convene at the Davos World Economic Forum
Not a single country is on track to achieve gender equality by the 2030 target world leaders set under the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, girls’ rights organisation Plan International has revealed.
Response to Royal Commission Final Report
“Now is the time for government and institutions to step up and ensure this never, ever happens again."
Young women say lack of opportunities biggest barrier to politics
Young women in Australia are reluctant to pursue a career in politics and feel being a woman and having to care for children are the biggest barriers to becoming a politician. The Plan International Australia She Can Lead: Young people in Australia share their views on politics report surveyed 530 young men and young women aged 18 to 25 to gauge their interest in and desire to enter politics, the barriers to political life and their views on how women are treated in Parliament.
Metro hosts girls takeover
In celebration of International Day of the Girl, three Plan International Australia Youth Activists will shadow Metro Trains Melbourne’s Leadership Team for a day.
Australian girls say they are not treated equally
Australian girls report they are treated unfairly in all areas of their lives: at home, at school and in popular culture, a new survey of 1,745 girls aged 10 to 17 – released for International Day of the Girl - reveals. Almost all (98%) say they receive unequal treatment to boys. Plan International Australia’s The Dream Gap: Australian girls’ views on inequality report investigates girls’ experiences of inequality, their ambitions to lead and their views on gender stereotypes as they grow into adolescence and young adulthood.
Girls to take over top job at Google to celebrate girls in leadership
Young women will take over Google Australia’s headquarters on Tuesday October 10, as Google CEO Jason Pellegrino hands over his job in recognition of girls’ leadership ahead of International Day of the Girl.
Ian Wishart to depart Plan International Australia
After 16 years at the helm of one Australia’s leading humanitarian agencies, Plan International Australia CEO Ian Wishart has today announced he will depart the organisation at the end of 2017.
Millions of children at risk under intensifying climate change
THE CLIMATE COUNCIL and aid organisation Plan International Australia have called on the Federal Government to meet its climate change aid and relief commitments, as extreme weather events continue to intensify around the world.
Survey of 1000 Australians shows changing face of sponsorship
An Australia-first survey to gauge public attitudes on child sponsorship has revealed surprising insights into the motivations of people who sponsor and common misconceptions among those who don’t. The Plan International Australia and IPSOS survey of 1000 Australian adults – It Takes a Village: Australians’ Views on Child Sponsorship – has been released for the United Nation’s World Charity Day (September 5).
Survey shows dads want to teach gender equality
A Plan International Australia and Whole Kids survey of 500 Australian fathers reveals an overwhelming consensus among Aussie dads to teach kids about gender equality, healthy eating and for fathers to take an equal role in parenting.
Womens safety on public transport in Melbourne
The best and worst public transport stations for young women’s safety in central Melbourne has been revealed in a Monash University analysis of public spaces.
Fears for girls as Australia cuts family planning funding
Australia’s commitment to reproductive, maternal and sexual health in developing nations has halved in only three years, sparking concerns from major aid agencies.
Social media commentary on the East Africa food crisis
An investigation into social media comments posted on news reports on the devastating food crisis affecting 20 million across the East and Central Africa has uncovered eight common negative attitudes to the emergency.
Thousands worldwide declare period undies the winner of emoji campaign
A pair of undies has been chosen as the winning design following a campaign to create a new period emoji by girls’ rights charity Plan International Australia.
Agencies join forces to swiftly respond to disasters
In an Australian-first move, 22 of Australia’s aid agencies have joined forces to respond to emergencies both globally and closer to home in the Pacific.
Period emoji campaign to smash stigma around menstruation
Global girls’ rights organisation Plan International has launched a social media campaign to include an official ‘period emoji’ on the global emoji keyboard. Half of women aged 18-34 Plan International surveyed said a period emoji would make it easier for them to talk about their periods with friends and partners. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the challenges women and girls face all around the world when experiencing their period. The winning design will be submitted to the Unicode Consortium that manages the distribution of emojis worldwide.
Millions to vanish from aid budget
Plan International Australia is disappointed the Coalition Government has once again cut funding from Australia’s foreign aid, with $303 million to disappear from the budget over the next four years. Responding to the Federal Budget, Plan International Australia CEO Ian Wishart says the cuts to aid as short-sighted and disappointing.
Foreign aid is not an ATM for national security
Plan International Australia is disappointed at reports the Federal Government is planning to ‘divert’ money from life-saving foreign aid to bolster its national security programs in today’s Budget.
Solar powered 3D printers turn trash into treasure
Solar powered 3D printers may soon solve the developing world problems of ubiquitous plastic rubbish and lack of access to clean water supply. Deakin University is currently working on the world-first technology capable of printing plumbing and sanitation supplies using discarded plastics, to be trialled in the Solomon Islands by children’s charity Plan International Australia later this year.
Children in Nepal return to school
A $5 million project to rebuild Nepal’s destroyed schools is nearing completion, as the world marks two years since a devastating 7.8 Richter quake decimated parts of the country (April 25 2015).
Survivors tell of Boko Haram violence three years after Bring Back Our Girls campaign
Three years after #BringBackOurGirls, the Boko Haram conflict is far from over, as Nigeria’s girls face extreme violence, oppression and an escalating food crisis which may soon tip over into widespread famine.
Syrian children die from gas attack
Children’s rights organisation Plan International Australia is calling for the Syrian Government to allow immediate access for independent investigators to investigate the site where 11 children have been killed by a chemical weapon in northern Syria.
One million facing death by starvation in South Sudan just tip of iceberg
The newly declared state of famine in parts of besieged country South Sudan heralds the beginning of a domino effect for the North and East Africa region, says Plan International Australia. The aid organisation, which has worked in the region for decades, is gravely concerned at the escalating crisis - the first famine declared in six years - and warns Somalia may soon follow.
Australian petition helps end child marriage in Malawi
Malawi has made an historic amendment to its constitution to outlaw child marriage after years of youth campaigning supported by Plan International Australia. The amendment, voted through by the Malawian Parliament late yesterday (14 February) removes a legal loophole that allows children between 15 and 18-years-old to marry with parental consent. Malawian Parliamentarians voted 131 to 2 in favour of removing this provision.
Whole Kids and Plan International to deliver nutritious breakfasts for children in Cambodia
Plan International Australia has partnered with Whole Kids, the award-winning Australian organic food company, to give children in Cambodia a healthy breakfast in 2017. With the shared belief in creating a healthier and happier world for all children, Whole Kids and Plan International aim to deliver 500,000 nourishing meals of rice and protein, food rations to take home, and cash to ease the strain on families.
How you can help girls feel safer in cities this Christmas
Teach a girl how to be safe in Hanoi this Christmas. For $45, you can teach a girl how to be safe in Hanoi, Vietnam, as part of Plan International Australia’s safer cities and gifts of hope programs.
Women in their thousands respond to interactive city safety map
Women have highlighted over 850 spots on the interactive map Free to Be, and over 10,000 have visited the website - a joint initiative created by Plan International Australia and CrowdSpot.
Global child rights and humanitarian organisation Plan International is coordinating closely with the National and Local Disaster Management Agency, community partners and other in-country humanitarian agencies.
New gender equality strategy by Victorian State Government welcomed
Children’s rights and gender equality organisation Plan International Australia welcomes the new gender equality strategy launched today by the Victorian State Government, particularly its work directed towards adolescent girls.
Children not criminals work in the Philippines
Plan International is working to halt the Philippine Congress’ attempt to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 9.
Girls and young women in Melbourne invited to develop interactive city safety map
Girls and young women in Melbourne invited to develop interactive city safety map. Plan International Australia and CrowdSpot have joined forces with Victorian girls to work towards a more welcoming, safer and inclusive city for girls and young women.
Super Typhoon Haima leaves 800km path of destruction
Parts of the Northern Philippines have suffered massive flooding, landslides and severe structural damage to homes, schools, evacuation centres and government buildings, as slow-moving but dangerous Super Typhoon Haima continues to cut an 800 kilometre swathe of destruction.
Survey reveals everyday sexism is still rife across Australia
Australian girls think sexism is preventing them from fulfilling their potential. That’s a key finding in a survey of 600 Australian girls aged 15-19 years commissioned by Our Watch and Plan International Australia.
Adelaide business world gather to demand an end to child trafficking
Hundreds of local Adelaide business people, high school students and supporters of women’s rights will gather in Adelaide to call for an end to human trafficking. The fifth annual Plan International Australia's Because I am a Girl breakfast will be held Tuesday 27 September 2016 at the Adelaide Oval.
An end to violence against women and girls impossible by 2030
An end to violence against women and girls in Australia by 2030 ‘impossible’ at current rates
Funding boost to ensure all girls are counted is vital to ending violence
Plan International Australia warmly welcomes Julie Bishop’s commitment to ensuring accurate data on the profound social, economic and health problems experienced by girls and women worldwide is collected.
Aussies believe we are a generous nation but refugee policy suggests not
Most Australians say we’re an altruistic bunch who will always chip in when someone is in need, a new survey of 1000 Australians by Plan International Australia and national polling agency Ipsos shows.
Plan and five aid agencies condemn slow pace on 12000 refugees promise
The nation’s leading humanitarian and human rights organisations are calling on the Australian Government to resettle the promised 12,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq by the first quarter of 2017.
Plan and Etsy launch second Make for Good campaign
Plan International Australia calls for immediate release of children suffering in offshore detention
Internet troll receives 12 month good behaviour bond
Royal Commission into Don Dale
Royal Commission into Don Dale torture of children must be national: Plan International Australia
South Sudan five year independence anniversary
Coalition foreign policy does nothing for the poor
Petition demands Julie Bishop stand up for girls forced into child marriage
Plan International Australia welcomes Greens commitment to restoring foreign aid
ALP commitment to aid welcome
Survey finds one third Australian girls report not feeling safe in public places after dark
Response to the budget
Australians mistakenly believe government gives 13 per cent of federal budget to help poor
Child marriage and trafficking reported to be on the increase in disaster affected regions of Nepal
Australian girls aged 15 to 19 report endemic online abuse and harassment
In some of the coastal villages in Ra Province Fiji nothing has been left standing
How to talk to your kids about climate change and out of control fires
Fiji threat of dengue and zika in coming days is real
Children the loser in High Court decision
Plan International responding to Zika virus as outbreak spreads “explosively”
El Nino in Ethiopia: 10 million people in need of emergency food aid
Burundi violence continues to flare - refugee crisis escalating in East Africa
Plan International ready to respond as Typhoon Melor threatens Philippines
Plan International welcomes Paris agreement
Border Force Curtails Right to Play
PM's $1 billion dollar climate change commitment a disappointing aid diversion
Turnbull must back Senate bill and release detained kids by Christmas
Overstretched and underfunded refugee camps put over 110,000 Burundians in Tanzania at risk
Child marriage report details underlying causes and support for early marriage
Haiyan two years on Children still vulnerable says Plan International
91 percent of young Australians condemn Federal Government on climate: report
Plan International ready to respond after earthquake rocks South Asia Content
Nepal quake six months on Thousands of children remain vulnerable
Plan International welcomes commitment to replenishing aid budget calls for bipartisan support
Plan International Australia launches appeal for Syrian refugees caught up in crisis
Plan International welcomes government commitment to Syrian refugees
Refugee crisis in Europe: act now to protect children
National Handwashing Day: ‘Handwashing? Australia, you’re doing it wrong!’
All children must be released from offshore detention now: Plan
Nepal quake 4-months on: kids’ malnutrition danger growing, says Plan
Kids, youth let down by Federal Govt’s disappointing emission targets: Plan
Plan delivering Myanmar aid; 100% of water contaminated in some areas
Plan International gearing up to respond to Myanmar floods