October 12, 2017: Metro leadership team hosts a 'girls takeover' for International Day of the Girl
In celebration of International Day of the Girl, three Plan International Australia Youth Activists will shadow Metro Trains Melbourne’s Leadership Team for the day. 

Metro has been working with Plan International Australia following the result of last year’s Free To Be project which surveyed young women’s experiences with public transport.

Metro’s Executive Director Network Integration, Neal Lawson, said Metro is committed to creating safe spaces for girls at stations and on trains.

“We are thrilled to be hosting three young women on Thursday to shadow senior executives across our network, including at stations and our control centre with the Victoria Police Transit Safety Division. At the end of the day, the young women will report back into our executive team on their ideas for improvements on how we could make the network safer for women and girls.”

“Metro embraces gender equality and diversity is critical to our success.  We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Plan International, but it’s not just for one day.  It’s an ongoing commitment and we  look forward to continuing to work together in the future,” Mr Lawson said.

Mr Lawson joins a global movement for girls’ leadership including Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Finland Juha Sipilä, and El Salvador’s Minister for Health Dr Violeta Menjívar.

“Girls worldwide face a wall of resistance in their struggle to progress and realise their dreams. They often have no power over the decisions they make or the choices they have,” said Susanne Legena, Deputy CEO of Plan International Australia.

“The takeover action is an emphatic statement of girls’ power and potential.  When girls get equal opportunities and equal chances in life, they can transform their lives and their communities.”

By participating in the takeovers, more than 1,000 girls will stand alongside Plan International in calling on governments to make girls’ rights a global political priority, to encourage other girls and young women to step forward as leaders and decision-makers, and to have their voices heard on the great challenges they face.

Takeovers will be documented live across the world here by using the #girlstakeover hashtag.