Change for girls

By joining our regular-giving program, Change for Girls, you’re supporting girls and their families around the world to thrive. When girls are educated and supported, their entire family and community benefits.

Change for Girls supports our work in addressing the immediate needs of girls and their families, and the deep-rooted barriers to gender equality! Your support can mean girls and young women around the world are free from violence and have choices for their futures.

A gift of just $20 every four weeks can create long-term transformation for girls.

Nowhere in the world are girls treated as equals.
You can help change that.

Support every four weeks
info_outline Right now, there are over half a billion adolescent girls on the planet. These girls hold the potential to completely transform our world – for themselves, their families, their communities and the planet.

$25

Can provide sanitary pads to girls in school

$39

Can provide girls with meals for school

$49

Can give young women access to vocational training

By joining Change for Girls, you’re helping create a world where girls can stay in school, choose if and when to marry, find meaningful work, have a say in their communities and be free from fear and violence.
Together we can create a better now for her, which means a better future for everyone.


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Why Girls?

130M girls
130M girls
Globally, more than 132 million girls are not in school.1
12M girls
12M girls
Every year, nearly 12 million girls are married before the age of 18.2
12M girls
12M girls
Approximately 12 million girls aged 15-19 years give birth each year.3

But when girls are educated and supported,
they can create incredible change.

  • 12 years of education for every girl would reduce child marriage worldwide by 64 per cent.
  • For every year a girl stays in school, her country’s climate resilience measurably improves.
  • 5 to 10% is how much infant mortality rates are reduced for every additional year of school that a girl completes.

Girls have the potential to change the world. Join Change for Girls.

Stories Of Powerful Young Women

Marie is creating long-lasting change in her community

Marie is creating long-lasting change in her community

“So far, none of my friends or any other girls my age have been forced to undergo FGM or get married. Because of our work, that practice has been stopped – taking younger girls to be initiated. I have not seen that happen since I have been part of the activist group and it is a great feeling to know that I am helping to make a difference.”

 

Marie is a 15-year-old from Sierra Leone and the daughter of a former practitioner of female genital mutilation (FGM). Despite her mother’s involvement with the practice, Marie has become an outspoken advocate against FGM and has refused to undergo the procedure.

 

Marie’s activism has had a profound impact on her mother, who both supported Marie’s refusal to undergo FGM and stopped practicing the procedure on others.

Ayalnesh has made it her mission to combat child marriage.

Ayalnesh has made it her mission to combat child marriage.

“I got married when I was 12 years old …The worst thing about being his wife was not being able to speak to people or make my own decisions. He was controlling and wouldn’t listen to me.

 

“I finally got the strength to leave him when I was around 25 …I told him I wanted a divorce. He said he wouldn’t give me any money to support me and tried to keep one of my children. But I left him anyway, taking the three children with me. We went to live in a little hut in my family’s compound where we still live today. As soon as I left my husband, I set up my own business selling beer with the help of a microfinance loan … I also started studying what I’d missed from school.

 

“I’ve been living as a single mother for seven years now and life is a lot better.”

Ksheeraja is a youth advocate with the Girls Advocacy Alliance

Ksheeraja is a youth advocate with the Girls Advocacy Alliance

Ksheeraja learned to stand her ground after losing her father when she was just 15.

“When he died everybody around us expected us to ask for money, but we didn’t. Alongside my schooling, I immediately started work, not just to help my mother make ends meet but because I wanted to be independent.”

 

19-year-old Ksheeraja from India is a member of the Girls Advocacy Alliance (GAA), a youth group run by Plan International. She is part of a growing network of girls who have been trained to improve the position of women through lobbying and activism. The main objectives of the GAA are to reduce child marriages, child trafficking and violence against girls and young women.

 

“I see a role for myself in changing the perceptions and opinions of parents … All-too-often I’ve seen child marriages decline into domestic violence, and that really saddens me.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Frequently Asked Questions

Change for Girls is Plan International Australia’s regular-giving program. When you give regularly though Change for Girls, you’re supporting our work addressing the immediate needs of girls and their families around the world, and the deep-rooted barriers to gender equality.

A gift every four weeks can create long-term transformation for girls. When you join Change for Girls, you’re part of a community of incredible people who are making the world a more equal one; one where girls can stay in school, choose if and when to marry, find meaningful work, have a say in their communities and be free from fear and violence.
Right now, millions of girls are being married as children. Forced out of school. Killed by violence. Half the world’s population is being held back by inequality, but it doesn’t have to be this way. When girls are supported and empowered to speak up, know their rights and lead, they can create a better, more equal world. And a better now for girls, means a better future for everyone.

When girls are educated and supported – their entire family and community benefits, including boys and men. Because gender inequality affects absolutely everyone. By standing with girls and supporting them to speak up, know their rights and lead, we’re working towards a better, more equal world for all.
We pride ourselves on being the charity for girl’s equality, but our commitment to girls is never to the exclusion of boys.

Not only do our programs work with boys and girls, providing access to services that support them through emergencies, conflicts, poverty, violence, abuse, or exploitation – our programs also challenge gender norms and stereotypes so that everyone is able to pursue their dreams and reach their full potential, regardless of their gender.
As a regular-giver through Change for Girls, you will receive a welcome pack introducing you to the program, our monthly e-newsletter and our biannual magazine, Ubuntu. You will learn more about our mission, the communities we work with, and the progress we’re making together for gender equality.

We are so grateful for the generosity of our supporters who help create change for girls, and are always excited to share stories of the incredible and powerful girls that we’re supporting.
Through your regular gift, Plan International Australia is able to increase the value and impact of our work. This means we can best serve the people and communities that we work with. Your support can help us achieve our mission of an equal world for all children.

Your gift could fund our programs that support girls to access education and critical health services. It can provide families living in poverty with everything they need to keep their families healthy and safe, it can provide safe spaces where girls can learn about their rights, gain life skills, and get the support they need to overcome the barriers holding them back.

You can view the latest version of our Annual Report to see snapshots of our global work, examples of how we’re working towards our goals and commitments, and details about our finances for the last financial year.

Help create a world where girls can unleash their full potential

1 UNICEF, unicef.org/education/girls-education
2 Girls Not Brides, girlsnotbrides.org/about-child-marriage
3 World Health Organisation, Adolescent Pregnancy (2020)