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.
Together we can create a better now for her, which means a better future for everyone.
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
“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.
“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 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.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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)