You are here:

Your favourite stories from 2018

Your favourite stories from 2018

2018 was an incredible year. With your support, we were able to do even more to give every child, every chance, to promote children's rights, and to continue to campaign for equality for girls everywhere. 

To celebrate an amazing 12 months, we share your most-read stories from the last year.

Beverley Knight is a singer and actor. She sponsors a child through Plan International UK.

'That little lift of joy'

In April, singer and actor Beverley Knight told us about her experience of being a sponsor with Plan International UK, and how much the experience has meant to her. Over the last 13 years, she’s sponsored two boys from Haiti – and learnt all about the impact it’s had on their lives and the wider community.

Enlightening, edifying and humbling. That’s my child sponsorship experience in three words.

In Tanzania, Melody was a member of one of Plan International’s youth groups.

Taking on taboos around the world

In March, we celebrated International Women's Day with the stories of brave girls and women around the world who are creating change in their communities: Melody, a sexual health advocate in Tanzania (pictured), Weyinitu, an ambassador for the Uncut Girls’ Club in Ethiopia, and Madame Agatha, a period educator in Uganda.

Because I am poor, it does not mean that I must give up my right to an education and the right to decide my own future.

– Melody, Tanzania

Our Menstrual Manifesto

In March, we launched our first-of-its kind report, Break the Barriers, looking at girls’ experiences of periods in the UK.

It shows that periods are still a source of stigma and shame – and we believe that has to change. That’s why we’re demanding action through our Menstrual Manifesto, to end the challenges girls face and to break down the taboos that continue to make them feel ashamed of their bodies when they have their period.

Street harassment: 'It's not OK'

In October, we marked International Day of the Girl with the launch of a new film and a new report, looking at street harassment in the UK. It reveals that UK girls are facing shockingly high levels of harassment, with 66% of girls aged 14 to 21 having experienced unwanted sexual attention or harassment in a public place.

In response, we asked you to share the message that 'It's not okay' and highlighted nine ways we can all take a stand against street harassment.

An icon of a girl with blood droplets

What makes a period a healthy period?

Do you know how often girls should expect their period, which sanitary products are available to help you manage your period every month, or whether periods can impact your mental health?

Take our quiz to discover how much you really know about periods and health – and why this knowledge matters in more ways than you might think (or have ever been taught)…

Stand with brave girls in 2019

Join our Because I am a Girl campaign

Latest stories for you