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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.


Have you noticed boys being offered different opportunities to girls? Do you feel frustrated with gender pay gaps and the lack of women in positions of power? Do you believe social media platforms aren’t doing enough to protect girls and women from online abuse?

We’re offering Young Change Maker grants of up to £2,000 for young people to implement ideas and projects that will make positive change for girls and young women in their community.

  • To apply, you must be aged 13 to 25 and living or studying in Wales.
  • Your project needs to be delivered in Wales.
  • You will need a reference (someone who can support your application). They must be a professional over the age of 18.
  • If you are under 16, you must have a responsible adult to support your project.
  • The closing date for applications is 30th April.  

To apply, please read the application information (available in Welsh and in English) and complete our online form by clicking one of the buttons below.

You can also email to receive a copy of the application form.

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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.


What life is like for girls growing up in England and Wales