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PIA: 12 Peace Promotion Fellows showcase projects

With support from Plan, USAID and Equal Access International, 12 young people showcase their ideas for building peace in Lanao provinces in the Philippines following three months of training sessions.

The Economist: Covid-19 threatens girls’ gigantic global gains

Adolescents is a crucial juncture for girls. A recent study by Citigroup and Plan International estimates that, if emerging economies ensures that 100% of girls complete secondary school, it could lead to a lasting boost to their GDP of 10% by 2030.

The Economist: Awesome, weird and everything else

Being a girl is special, difficult and better than it used to be. "All the girls are angry about the gender pay gap and sexual harassment. This does not mean they see themselves as feminists, a term which only 28% of 10- to 19-year-old-girls in America use to describe themselves, according to a Plan International survey."

Red Tricycle: Decorate Your Front Door and Help Girls Around the World

October 11 is International Day of the Girl, a day dedicated to raising awareness of the need for girls’ rights. It's also the perfect opportunity to teach your kids —boys and girls—about the importance of gender equality and girls' rights around the world. Show support for girls and young women and unlock their power and potential by decorating your front door in honor of International Day of the Girl.

Devex: Opinion: Our collective vulnerability

Vanessa Kerry, John Kerry's daughter, discusses the weaknesses in global health care. She mentions Plan International's work in South Sudan and Syria to strengthen health systems for refugees.

Global Citizen: Gender equality faces new set of obstacles amid COVID-19

There is not a single country in the world that has achieved gender equality. Equal Measures 2030 in March found that more than a third of countries have been moving too slowly or in the wrong direction to address four of the five core issues targeted by the Global Goals. “The time is now to ring alarm bells because the progress made to date on gender equality is in danger of being erased." 

Devex: Check Your Bias, Gender Data Experts Warn

Less than one percent of the research published on Ebola and Zika at the time of the outbreaks explored their gendered impacts. There has been a concerted push to avoid the same mistakes with the coronavirus pandemic and to collect more quality data disaggregated by sex, gender, and age. But ongoing data collection work on COVID-19 has some experts, like Plan International USA CEO Tessie San Martin, wondering about new, widening information gaps.

Devex: It's Time To Stop Guessing How Much Donors Spend On Gender Equality

Friends of Publish What You Fund and Publish What You Fund, with partners Plan International and Save the Children, are launching a new project to drive progress on development and ensure that foreign aid helps women and girls. Tessie San Martin co-authors an article announcing this project.

Affinity: Plan USA Is Working To Assist The LGBTQI+ Community During The Pandemic

COVID-19 pandemic has shaken our world upside down and affected every single one of us in different ways. However, there’s an urgent matter that very few seem to be talking about: the particular vulnerability of the LGBTQI+ community during this time. Jorge, a member of Plan’s Youth Advisory Board who’s currently a high school senior in an under-resourced community in Oklahoma City, talks about how the organization is working to tackle the previously mentioned issues.

Affinity: The Danger Of Being A Refugee During A Pandemic

Living during a pandemic is dangerous for anyone, but refugees around the world are particularly vulnerable during this time. Night Jean is a former Rwandan refugee who lived in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) before being moved by UNICEF to Rhode Island. He shares his own experience and his thoughts on how COVID-19 in impacting this community.

Plan USA And Affinity Discuss How COVID-19 School Closures Are Affecting Students

After the growing spread of COVID-19 in America, many schools across the nation were forced to shut at the beginning of March. While homework and research papers are the least daunting challenges one could face in the midst of a pandemic, many students are struggling as school continues remotely. Affinity Magazine interviewed Rose, Plan Youth Advisor Board member and a student immensely affected by her school’s closure.

GritDaily: Girls Are COVID-19 Victims In Developing Countries

COVID-19 has turned our world upside down, and girls in developing countries and refugee camps have become its frontline victims. Along with other countless international organizations, Plan International USA has escalated its COVID-19 response to meet the unique needs of girls and children in marginalized communities most impacted by the pandemic.

The Manila Times: USAid launches first Mindanao Youth Innovation Summit

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Plan International organized the YOUth Innovate! Summit to engage and recognize young innovators. The summit is part of the US government’s support for economic recovery and rehabilitation of areas in Mindanao affected by the 2017 Marawi siege.

Philanthropy Women: Dr. Tessie San Martin On Leading For Girls

Dr. Tessie San Martin, President & CEO of Plan, shares insight into how philanthropy can support gender equality and Plan's strategy to transform the lives of 10 million girls around the world to ensure that girls are safe, educated, and economically empowered.

The Atlantic: The Miseducation Of The American Boy

Peggy Orenstein interviews young men to learn what masculinity and toxic masculinity means in society today to them. She draws on the findings of Plan's The State of Gender Equality for U.S. Adolescents survey for some of her conclusions.

SSC: Her Success Story

Listen to Dr. Tessie San Martin, President & CEO of Plan International USA and a seasoned executive with more than 25 years of experience working in education policy, economic growth, capacity-building, corporate governance, and political reform around the world, discuss the benefits of young leaders and the similarities between for-profit companies and nonprofits.

IAVE: Employees Volunteer To Help Girls Take Over

Plan's International Day of the Girl celebration included organizing more than 1,000 takeovers for young girls around the world like Alisha, a member of the Plan's Youth Advisory Board. Alisha spent the day in a leadership role where she led and attended meetings with executive producers and writers helping to empower girls and provide a diverse perspective.

Global Citizen: Uganda Must Tackle Period Poverty to Achieve SDGs, Education Ministry Warns

Nearly a quarter of Ugandan girls between the ages of 12 and 18 drop out of school when they begin menstruation. Addressing the lack of access to menstrual health education and sanitary products plays a crucial role in Uganda achieving several of the 17 SDGs, from good health and quality education to gender equality and access to water and sanitation for all. 

InStyle: Meet the Women Who Are Changing the World

From donating uneaten food from Oscars parties to the homeless to being an ambassador for Plan International, which addresses children’s rights, actress-activist Freida Pinto, who co-stars in the sex-trafficking drama Love Sonia, knows no bounds.

Creators: Out of the Box Caregiving

In addition to his duties as a journalist, Richard Lui has worked as an ambassador for Plan International USA, where he works to advise, identify and talk about the role that males have in gender equality.

USA Today: Female Candidates' Impact on the Young

The way female candidates ran for office in 2018 not only shows how women are fighting back against gender-based pressures and norms, but also provides young people — particularly young girls — with important role models in politics.

Gender & Youth Equality

WASHINGTON POST: If We Want to Make Change Against Sexual Misconduct, Get Young People Involved

recent survey we conducted at Plan International USA explored factors affecting the views on gender equality and sexism held by 10- to 19-year-olds in the United States. Girls and boys are not growing up in a vacuum; they are absorbing the thoughts, ideas and perspectives of those around them at home and school when it comes to gender roles, pressures and expectations.

Her Success Story: Dr. Tessie San Martin

Women inspire me every single day. Their tenacity, wit, enthusiasm, power and grace have provided the world with amazing businesses that have transformed industries. Her Success Story is a podcast that allows these impactful and fascinating women to share their success journey with the world.

NEW YORK TIMES: What Teenagers Think About the Allegations Against Brett Kavanaugh

Despite the rise of #MeToo, girls said they still felt objectified by their male classmates. A recent nationwide survey by Plan International USA, found that about three-quarters of girls 14 to 19 said they felt judged as a sexual object or unsafe as a girl. And compared to boys, they were more likely to say they felt pressure to put others’ feelings before their own.

NYLON: Teen Girls Are Feeling More Empowered And More Objectified

Growing up in a society that tells girls that they can be whatever they want and simultaneously sexualizes them from a very young age was bound to mess with young girls’ self-perceptionsA new nationally representative poll conducted by research and polling firm PerryUndem questioned 1,000 kids and teens ages 10-19, and found that the girls they polled felt more empowered yet more objectified than ever.

JEZEBEL: Girls Feel Both More Empowered And More Objectified These Days

A new poll created by PerryUndem of 1,000 respondents aged 10 to 19 finds that girls and boys report similar goals when it comes to things like having a career, having children, or naming math or science as their favorite subject, the New York Times reports. But when it comes to how girls feel about their bodies the results did not, unsurprisingly, line up with what boys reported. And it’s truly depressing:

Forbes: Premiere: Conway On Her New Single, 'Woman,' And App Creating A Place For Women

As singer/songwriter Kassia Conway sits with me in a Silver Lake, California cafe talking about her superb, catchy new single, “Woman,” and the app she created, she almost starts to tear up at times. For Conway, the song and the message it carries of showcasing the strength and inner beauty of women worldwide is incredibly powerful and emotional.

Humanitarian Response

TIME: The Fight Against Famine Needs More Voices

Last month, eight of America’s largest international relief organizations — including CARE, International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Oxfam, Plan International, Save the Children and World Vision along with partners GooglePepsiCoVisa, and Twitter — launched a collective fundraising and awareness campaign, the Global Emergency Response Coalition.

Love Our Girls Monthly Newsletter: Because I am a Girl

Plan's Because I am a Girl initiative highlights the magnitude of the issues faced by the least empowered people on the globe: girls. It works to create space and resource for girls to have a fighting chance, to see themselves through to a better tomorrow. 

DEVEX: 12 Memorable Global Development Quotes of 2016

At the center of the events around 2016 are global development leaders like Plan International USA CEO Tessie San Martin, whose spoken words have inspired, provoked, or helped us think differently about development and humanitarian work.

DEVEX: When Gender Data Became Cool

Once relegated to fringe conversations, gender data saw its name printed on agendas at Women Deliver 2016 and its quantitative and qualitative potential uttered aloud and debated by small startups and donors alike.

DEVEX: Sanitation for All: Scaling Up is Hard to Do

Successfully working at scale means planning for scale from the beginning and understanding “what works” in program design and implementation. Jan Willem Rosenboom, a senior program officer in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Strategy for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, points out that while acting on observations seems conceptually simple, it is harder in practice. 

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