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Step Up for Girls Challenge

Step Up for Girls

14 days. 140km. Step up and take a stand for girls’ rights today.

Are you ready to step up for girls’ rights?  Over 14 days of your choice, you’ll be walking (and/or running!) 140km, fundraising and joining a community that’s determined to tackle gender inequality. 

By taking part you’ll be raising critical funds for girls everywhere and the women they will one day become.

All you need to do is sign up, grab those trusty trainers and get out there! It really is that simple. It all starts with your next step…


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1Sign up

Enter your details below to take on the Step Up for Girls challenge. Our friendly team will be in touch to help you get started.
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2Set up your fundraising page

Choose a date for your challenge and set up your fundraising page. We recommend using JustGiving and setting a £150 target. We’ll send you a link once you sign up so you can start fundraising straight away.
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3Share with your friends

Share your page with your friends and on social media to kick start your fundraising. Once you raise £50, we’ll send you a Plan International UK T-shirt.
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4Track your distance

We recommend using an app like Strava to track your progress. Walk or run your way to 140km!

Step Up for Girls your way

Adapt your distance

Not ready to walk 140km or want to try a bigger challenge? Choose your own distance and step up for girls’ rights your way, no matter how far you walk.

Team up with friends

Why not challenge your friends and keep each other motivated, or fundraise as a team to make even more of a difference for girls everywhere?

Walk at work

Bring Step Up for Girls to your workplace with a staff walking challenge and get everyone involved in taking steps for girls.
Isatu from Sierra Leone receives her dignity kit
Isatu receives her dignity kit in Sierra Leone, as part of Plan International's coronavirus emergency response.

How you’ll be making a difference

Many girls have had to manage without the essentials they need to stay safe and healthy during the coronavirus crisis, so protecting girls' rights has been our priority.

By taking the Step Up for Girls challenge, you’ll help raise vital funds for girls – during the pandemic and beyond. Your £150 fundraising target could provide more than 12 dignity kits, like the ones we’ve delivered to young women in Sierra Leone. Containing items such as soap and period products, the kits enable girls to manage their periods the way they choose.


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Frequently asked questions

What happens after I’ve signed up?

Once you’ve signed up to Step Up for Girls, our friendly team will be in touch to help you get started. We'll provide plenty of tips and ideas to help you make your fundraiser a success. You can also begin your fundraising journey straight away, by setting up a JustGiving page.

How do I get my free T-shirt?

All you need to do to receive your Plan International UK T-shirt is raise £50 through your JustGiving page! Let us know your preferred size and address when you sign up and make sure to wear your T-shirt whilst you take on your 140km – and remember to take lots of photos!

How do I raise money?

Simply create a JustGiving page and share it with your family and friends, asking them to donate in support of your challenge. You can also raise awareness of your fundraiser by sharing it on social media with the hashtag #StepUpforGirls.

Can I set my own distance?

Walking 10km daily to reach 140km equals roughly 13,123 steps a day. If you’re not up to walking 140km or want to set yourself a bigger challenge, then please choose your own distance and target. You can even make it a team effort and split the distance between friends and family. There are so many ways to Step Up for Girls!

How do I fit in my walking?

140km might seem daunting, especially with coronavirus restrictions, but there are plenty of ways to get your steps in safely. You can walk, run, dance – even moving around the house or doing laps of your garden can contribute towards your challenge!

How do I track my steps/distance?

You can track your progress every day using a pedometer on a smart phone – it should also measure kilometres. You can usually find this in the 'health' app on your phone. You can also track any longer walks using an app like Strava.

It all starts with your next step

If you have any questions about Step Up for Girls, you can get in touch with our friendly team at