plan international - Campaigning for girl’s rights

For more than 80 years, we’ve been taking action and standing up for every child’s right to fulfill their potential. On a daily basis, our energy is devoted to making a difference for children living in poverty. We stand up for children’s rights. We listen to the children we work with and find the best way forward together. We trust in what we do and strive to be open, accountable and honest. We are different. We are Plan International.

12 Million Girls

marry before the age of 18 each year – almost one every 2 seconds

Girls married early...

are more likely to experience violence, abuse and forced sexual relations

Girls who stay in school

increase their income as adults and break the cycle of poverty

Be a supporter of change

Right now, girls are in fear of child marriage. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Yekaba was just 12 years old when her father tried to marry her to a man almost twice her age, as he could no longer afford to send her to school.

Yekaba was scared and wanted to finish her education, so with support from Plan International she persuaded her father to cancel the wedding.

Now Yekaba is back in school and planning for a future where she will finish her education and marry only when she is ready.

How can we stop child marriage?

Your donation can help girls avoid marriage, stay in school and decide for themselves whether and when to marry.

Plan International helps children and young people, as well as parents and their community to understand the damage caused by child marriage, and to keep girls in school instead.