Plan is an independent global child rights organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We strive for a just world, working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners. By actively connecting committed people with powerful ideas, we work together to make positive, deep-rooted and lasting changes in children’s and young people’s lives. For over 75 years, we have supported girls and boys and their communities around the world to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to claim their rights, free themselves from poverty and live positive fulfilling lives. The commitments to gender equality, and to girls more specifically, across the 2030 Agenda provides the global community and Plan, with a solid foundation from which to address the unfinished business of realising the rights of girls, and to bring transformative and lasting change to their lives – enabling them to learn, lead, decide and thrive. Importantly, children have a right to be involved in the decisions that affect them, and governments have an obligation to ensure their views are heard. Plan works closely with young people around the world to enable them to participate in these decisions that affect them, because we believe that their insights and innovation are critical to success as plans to implement and monitor the SDGs are developed. If girls, boys and young people are to inherit the benefits of the SDGs, they must be fully consulted and informed, as they are in the best position to comment on their everyday experiences and challenges, as well as the specific impact of laws and policies.


The Shift helps members to make use of the global framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to map their societal ambitions.

4. Quality education

1 in 5 adolescent girls across the world is out of school. Plan works to ensure that all girls are able to attend school and receive a quality education. Our sustainable solutions: addressing the financial barriers that keep girls out of school; ensuring that schools are well lit, sufficiently staffed and the provision of separate sanitation facilities; ensuring that teaching methods and curricula promote gender equality; advocating for a greater number of female teachers, who can help ensure that education environments are sensitive to girls’ needs and at the same time act as role models for girls.

1. End poverty

One in three children – 200 million globally – fail to reach their full physical, cognitive, psychological or socio-emotional potential due to poverty, poor health and nutrition, insufficient care and stimulation, and other risk factors to early childhood development. Girls are often particularly at risk. Plan International works to achieve greater gender equality, which is one of the root causes of global poverty. Our sustainable solutions: We believe that advancing children’s rights in areas such as education, health, protection from violence and access to water and sanitation is intricately linked to ending child poverty. We also work to ensure that families living in extreme poverty have access to social protection floors, and can access financial services and be able to increase their income long term in order to break transmission of poverty across generations.

5. Gender equality

If the number of child marriages continues at the current rate, more than 140 million girls will be married by 2020. Furthermore, 200 million girls and women alive today are estimated to have been subjected to female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). Women are generally under-represented in leadership positions, face discrimination in accessing financial resources and control and ownership of property. Our sustainable solutions: we are committed to the promotion and protection of girls’ rights and the achievement of gender equality through gender transformative programming. We work on removing barriers to quality education for girls and young women, access to essential health services, including sexual and reproductive health services and information.

8. Decent work and economic growth

More than a billion young people will be entering the labour market during the next decade. Equal access to work is a long way off and women face structural barriers which hinder them to find a job or starting an enterprise. By tackling these barriers we want to build assets and increase opportunities for young people, especially women. Plan wants to protect children and youth from (forced) child labour and trafficking. Our sustainable solutions: career counselling, mentoring, peer support, market driven vocational training promoting less gender-stereotyped forms of work, business training, support and mentoring for starting and building an enterprise and promoting savings.

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