The charity for girls’ equality, Plan International Australia, has today welcomed international film and television star and activist Isabel Lucas as an ambassador for girls’ rights.
“I am proud to join Plan International Australia on their mission to realise equality for girls and a better world for everyone,” Ms Lucas said.
“As we head into an uncertain future and particularly as COVID-19 is starting to impact the countries where Plan International works, it’s more important than ever before to support the work, particularly protecting girls in crisis and facilitating hygiene kits for families.”
Ms Lucas said she believes in a world where girls are free from violence, early marriage, lack of education, menstruation shame and sexism.
“It inspires me that Plan International empowers girls to speak up and to know their rights and that they work with girls at different stages: from girlhood, to adulthood. There are half a billion adolescent girls living on our planet right now and frighteningly, all of them will be affected by gender inequality at some point in their lives.
“Girls hold the power to literally change the world, because if girls have an opportunity to gain an education, manage their health, and can live free from violence, then half of the world’s population will be more empowered.
“I believe that societies and whole nations will benefit greatly when girls are welcome, valued and encouraged to speak up. If half of the world’s population is empowered to make future-based and solution-focused choices we will all benefit. Despite the challenges ahead, our communities, decision makers and people in positions of power and responsibility must continue to be educated about the potential of girls and young women playing a meaningful role in transforming families, communities, and countries.”
About Plan International Australia
Put simply, we’re the charity for girls’ equality. We tackle the root causes of poverty, support communities through crisis, campaign for gender equality, and help governments do what’s right for children and particularly for girls. We believe a better world is possible. An equal world; a world where all children can live happy and healthy lives, and where girls can take their rightful place as equals.