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Girls from our Champions of Wales programme

Champions of Wales

We’re working with young people to end gender inequality in Wales

Champions of Wales is a girls’ rights movement, working to change perceptions and attitudes towards girls so they can live free from gender inequality.

Run in partnership by Plan International UK and four local organisations, the programme will support at least two hundred young people over three years, enabling them to build skills, confidence and an understanding of girls’ rights and gender equality.

Champions of Wales is based on our innovative global programming. It will support young people to campaign on the issues affecting them and make positive change in their communities, to ensure Wales is a place where girls are heard and feel empowered.

A photo of three girls standing outside

Coronavirus update

Plan International UK have been closely monitoring the coronavirus situation, and following government guidance, we have suspended face-to-face delivery of the Champions of Wales programme.

The safety and wellbeing of everyone who engages with and supports our programmes is of paramount importance, and we will continue to monitor this situation and work with our partners to mitigate the impact of this crisis on young people. 

We are working with our delivery partners to develop digital solutions for participants until normal delivery can recommence, and launched a new digital programme for girls aged 13-25, Girls Shout Out, a safe online space for girls on Facebook or Instagram to discuss the issues that affect them.


A girl from our Champions of Wales programme


Through Champions of Wales, we’ll work with young people to:

  • Participate in workshops to build skills, confidence and understanding around gender equality.
  • Explore how and where they can champion girls’ rights locally, using digital mapping tools.
  • Amplify their ability to create change and influence local decision making via small grants, to pilot projects that champion gender equality in their communities.

To find out more about the programme, email

Our partners

Our local partners in the Champions of Wales programme are:

  • Bridgend County Borough Council: the Active Young People department is working with youth workers and researchers in Bridgend to deliver Champions of Wales through a local comprehensive school.
  • Pobl Group: Champions of Wales is being delivered to the Go Girls and Brothers, projects run in partnership by Pobl Group and Bron Afon Community Housing.
  • Safer Wales will be delivering Champions of Wales to young women engaged in their youth services.
  • YMCA Cardiff will be delivering Champions of Wales to young people through their youth clubs and programmes across Cardiff.


12 inspiring young people are challenging gender inequality across Wales