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UK Programmes

Our work in the UK

Our UK programmes connect girls with their rights through advocacy and campaigning

Girls’ rights are global, and the challenges that affect girls are universal. From Cairo to Cardiff, girls are still held back from reaching their potential because of their gender. Our vision is to end girls’ invisibility through girl-led campaigning and advocacy.

As an international development charity, we believe there is huge value in translating our tried and tested programmes and approaches from around the world to a UK context, and recognising the universality of the issues affecting girls.

Our research findings reveal that girls in the UK are faced with specific challenges. They don’t feel safe in school, in the street or online, and where girls grow up significantly impacts their experiences and the fulfilment of their rights.

How we work with girls

We listen

Our Girl Centred Design approach applies a gendered lens to programming. ‘Find her’, ‘listen to her’ and ‘design with her’ ensures that our programmes respond to girls' needs.

We partner

We seek to partner with local and national organisations, schools and youth clubs to reach girls and communities, so we can champion gender equality and girls can enjoy their rights.
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We learn

We develop expertise and research, continuously learning from girls to shape our programmes. We share our findings with the public and decision makers to challenge the systems that hold girls back.
Youth activist Eva from the UK

Girls shout out

Our Girls Shout Out programme provides a safe online space for girls aged 13 to 25 to learn about activism and discuss the issues that affect them. From body image to street harassment, periods and gender equality, these girls share their experiences of what it's like to be a girl today.

Running in partnership with The Body Shop UK, this innovative project is the first time we’ve hosted conversations between UK girls in this way. 

If you're interested in taking part or finding out more about this project please get in touch

Kiah-Ann, 17, Nottingham

Let's talk. Period

As a result of our ground-breaking report Break the Barriers in 2018, Plan International UK partnered with Brook, a young people's health and wellbeing charity, to tackle the 'toxic trio' of period poverty in the UK. Our report found that period poverty is underpinned by the 'toxic trio' of the cost of period products, the lack of education about periods and the stigma surrounding menstruation.

Our programme Let’s Talk. Period is funded by the Department of Media Culture and Sport and supports girls and other menstruators to champion period positivity locally and nationally.

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Champions of Wales

Champions of Wales is a uniquely powerful and innovative youth programme that works with girls and boys in four locations in Wales. Together, they're challenging gender inequality through campaigning and exploring how and where they can champion girls’ rights locally, using digital mapping tools.

The aim of the project is to challenge decision makers to champion girls’ rights. 

Want to get involved with our work in the UK?