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Policy resources: Gender equality

Young mother with her daughter in Brazil

Gender Equality

Policy Resources

Our 80-year history has shown us that worldwide, no one bears the brunt of discrimination more than adolescent girls. Girls everywhere encounter barriers to accessing their rights and face challenges as a result of gender inequality, social norms, and power relations. 

We work to ensure gender equality is included in all our work by challenging the causes of gender inequality. We also ensure girls are empowered and supported to access their rights free from the threat of violence.

Our work on ending violence against women and girls includes preventing and responding to child marriage, school-related violence and female genital mutilation (FGM). This is a key part of our broader work to ensure aid is gender transformative and challenges the inequalities girls face globally.


Girl laugh together at Plan-supported school in Epworth, Zimbabwe

Counting the Invisible

Millions of girls around the world are 'invisible' to governments and policy makers because important data is not being recorded about their lives. Our 2016 report explores the state of gender data - it exposes the gaps and discusses how identifying girls' needs and listening to their voices will help make real change possible.

In 2017 we published three new reports that show how girls from parts of Pakistan, Nicaragua and Zimbabwe really feel about their circumstances and lives.

End discrimination against girls

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