Plan calls for equal opportunities for all children. But gender inequality and discrimination against girls mean they are often denied their rights. We will not stop until girls can live, love and lead without fear or discrimination. This is why Plan puts girls first.
Around the world girls experience discrimination and are being undervalued, undermined and underestimated. By today’s standards and speed, it will take another 200 years to fully achieve gender equality.
Girls and boys have equal rights - but not in reality.
- To achieve gender equality, we need to put girls first. It’s about time. Kari Helene Partapuoli, generalsekretær i Plan International Norge.
Where abortion is illegal
My family planned this wedding because I’m a financial burden.
Child marriage is often linked to poverty. Parents often feel they have no other choice but to marry off their daughter. As the daughter gets older, it gets more difficult to secure her future.
Girls around the world are still dealing with stigma around their monthly period. In some countries, girls are considered to be “dirty”. Without access to tampons, sanitary pads or even toilets, many girls stay at home rather than going to school. For a whole week. Every month.
A woman is 47% more likely to be seriously injured in a car wreck than a man.
Medication for men.
...Yet we use women 90% of the time when we research anti-aging products.
Criado Perez, Caroline (2019): Invisible Women, Chatto & Windus (page 203).
Putting girls first means that Plan supports and encourages local initiatives giving girls equal access to attend school and the same education as boys. In countries where we work for children’s rights, more girls than boys quit school once they reach puberty. To keep girls in school, they need safe and separate toilets, and they need to be able to get to school without being harassed or feeling afraid walking to school. Both boys and girls need sexual education. Girls need parents who understand the importance of education – and girls need boys to respect them.
Plan's programs include both girls and boys in our work for gender equality.