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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Aceh earthquake

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Plan and Etsy launch second Make for Good campaign

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Plan International Australia calls for immediate release of children suffering in offshore detention

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Internet troll receives 12 month good behaviour bond

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Royal Commission into Don Dale

Royal Commission into Don Dale torture of children must be national: Plan International Australia

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South Sudan five year independence anniversary

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Coalition foreign policy does nothing for the poor

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Petition demands Julie Bishop stand up for girls forced into child marriage

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Plan International Australia welcomes Greens commitment to restoring foreign aid

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ALP commitment to aid welcome

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Survey finds one third Australian girls report not feeling safe in public places after dark

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Response to the budget

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Australians mistakenly believe government gives 13 per cent of federal budget to help poor

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Child marriage and trafficking reported to be on the increase in disaster affected regions of Nepal

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Ecuador earthquake

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Australian girls aged 15 to 19 report endemic online abuse and harassment

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In some of the coastal villages in Ra Province Fiji nothing has been left standing

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How to talk to your kids about climate change and out of control fires

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Fiji threat of dengue and zika in coming days is real

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Children the loser in High Court decision

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Plan International responding to Zika virus as outbreak spreads “explosively”

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El Nino in Ethiopia: 10 million people in need of emergency food aid

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Burundi violence continues to flare - refugee crisis escalating in East Africa

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Plan International ready to respond as Typhoon Melor threatens Philippines

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Plan International welcomes Paris agreement

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Border Force Curtails Right to Play

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PM's $1 billion dollar climate change commitment a disappointing aid diversion

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Turnbull must back Senate bill and release detained kids by Christmas

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Overstretched and underfunded refugee camps put over 110,000 Burundians in Tanzania at risk

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Child marriage report details underlying causes and support for early marriage

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Haiyan two years on Children still vulnerable says Plan International

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91 percent of young Australians condemn Federal Government on climate: report

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Plan International ready to respond after earthquake rocks South Asia Content

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Nepal quake six months on Thousands of children remain vulnerable

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Plan International welcomes commitment to replenishing aid budget calls for bipartisan support

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Plan International Australia launches appeal for Syrian refugees caught up in crisis

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Plan International welcomes government commitment to Syrian refugees

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Refugee crisis in Europe: act now to protect children

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National Handwashing Day: ‘Handwashing? Australia, you’re doing it wrong!’

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All children must be released from offshore detention now: Plan

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Nepal quake 4-months on: kids’ malnutrition danger growing, says Plan

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Kids, youth let down by Federal Govt’s disappointing emission targets: Plan

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Plan delivering Myanmar aid; 100% of water contaminated in some areas

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Plan International gearing up to respond to Myanmar floods

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