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Reports and publications from Plan International’s Because I am a Girl initiative. The objective of this initiative is to ensure girls everywhere gain the education, skills and support they need to move from poverty to a future of opportunity.

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Counting the invisible

The Global Goals for Sustainable Development promise to transform the world by 2030. They strive to “leave no one behind” and include commitments to end poverty and hunger, tackle inequality, improve health and education, and combat climate change.

Goal 5 is to end gender inequality in all its forms. Understanding the full extent of gender inequities and determining how to address them, however, requires reliable data on the current reality of girls around the world, data that in many cases don’t exist. As a result, millions of girls are currently ‘invisible’ to governments and policy makers.

In Plan International’s 2016 report, Counting the invisible, we look at the current state of gender data and identify some of the approaches that will be needed during the next 15 years. We also introduce a vibrant new partnership that Plan International is spearheading to address the shortcoming of current gender data.

» Download Counting the invisible (PDF)

State of the World’s Girls reports

This series of reports examines the development of girls around the world. Each report is based on a different theme.

Unfinished Business pdf document

2015 – The Unfinished Business of Girls’ Rights

The 2015 report looks at the progress made with respect to girls' rights since the 1995 UN World Conference on Women in Beijing, as well as the work that remains.

Journalists, poets, politicians, activists, business leaders, economists and academics have contributed to this report, sharing different viewpoints, including dissent and discussion, optimism and pessimism.

» Download the 2015 report

Pathways to power pdf document

2014 – Pathways to Power

The 2014 report examines the importance of addressing the needs of girls at the different levels of power in society, in order to create sustainable change across developing countries.

By analyzing the visible and invisible barriers that girls face along their own pathway to empowerment, this report offers insight into how policy-makers, communities and organizations like Plan, can work together to challenge and change these situations.

» Download the full 2014 report

» Executive summary of the 2014 report

» Youth summary (2014)

 Adolescent Girls and Disasters pdf document

2013 – In Double Jeopardy: Adolescent Girls and Disasters

The 2013 report looks at what happens to adolescent girls when disaster strikes around the world, and why.

Report findings show that when disaster strikes, girls are discriminated against when they are at their most vulnerable. Adolescent girls have particular needs for protection, healthcare and education that are not being met, and are largely overlooked by governments and the humanitarian community.

» Download the full 2013 report

 Learning for Life pdf document

2012 – Learning for Life

The 2012 report focuses on girls' education, particularly the importance of keeping adolescent girls in school for at least nine years, in order to help them live longer, healthier, happier lives.

Quality education for girls is a shared responsibility and must be made a top priority on the global agenda – and by quality education we mean an education that is relevant to girls’ needs, rights, and aspirations.

» Download the full 2012 report

» Executive summary of the 2012 report

» Youth summary (2012)

What about boys pdf document

2011 – So, what about boys?

The 2011 report, the fifth in the State of the World’s Girls series, focuses on the important role men and boys play in achieving global gender equality and eliminating poverty.

Since 2007, when we began monitoring the State of the World’s Girls, we have been asked: “What about boys?” Boys too are affected by poverty, discrimination and lack of opportunity in many parts of the world. This report looks the benefits of gender equality for everyone.

» Download the full 2011 report

» Chat sheet on Canadian survey (2011)

Digital and Urban Frontiers pdf document

2010 – Digital and Urban Frontiers: Girls in a Changing Landscape

The 2010 State of the World’s Girls report focuses on the lives of adolescent girls in two of the fastest growing arenas in the world today – the urban environment and the digital world. The study examines the tremendous opportunities and the unique challenges girls face living in the 21st century.

» Download the full 2010 report

» Executive summary of the 2010 report

» Youth summary (2010)

Girls in the Global Economy pdf document

2009 – Girls in the Global Economy

When money is short, families are not sending their girls to school, which is costing developing countries many billions of dollars each year. This report examines the important role women and girls play in the economic growth of society, and the missed opportunities communities are faced with when failing to invest in their futures.

» Download the full 2009 report

» Executive summary of the 2009 report

» Youth summary (2009)

In the Shadows of War pdf document

2008 – In the Shadows of War: Girls in Conflict

The 2008 report examines the plight of girls in post-conflict countries. These hostile environments threaten the survival and potential of women and girls. All girls should be given the right to lead normal lives that include obtaining an education, protection and access to health care during and after conflict.

The report also looks at the opportunities for change in post-conflict environments that will improve the lives of everyone living in affected communities.

» Download the full 2008 report

State of the World pdf document

2007 – State of the World’s Girls

Plan International’s first report on the state of thw world's girls examines the rights of girls throughout their childhood, adolescence and as young women. Many of the challenges girls face start from the moment they are born, following them throughout their life. This report documents the discrimination girls face, but also highlights the opportunities to improve the future of the world’s girls.

» Download the full 2007 report



Other reports

Getting the Evidence pdf document

Getting the Evidence: Asia Child Marriage Initiative (2015)

This comprehensive report provides an in-depth look at underlying causes of child marriage in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Indonesia.

» Getting the Evidence report summary

Hear Our Voices pdf document

Hear Our Voices: Do Adolescent Girls’ Issues Really Matter? (2014)

Plan International spoke to over 7,000 adolescent girls and boys aged 12-16 in countries across Asia, Africa, Central and South America about girls’ rights.

» Download Hear Our Voices

Right to Learn Without Fear pdf document

A Girl’s Right to Learn Without Fear (2012)

This report focuses on the prevalence of gender-based violence in and around schools, and offers constructive recommendations to combat this violence.

» Download A Girl’s Right to Learn Without Fear

Growing Up in the Commonwealth pdf document

Because You’re a Girl: Growing Up in the Commonwealth

Plan research reveals the best and worst places in the Commonwealth countries to be born a girl.

» Download Growing up in the Commonwealth

Mapping Plan’s Experience in Improving the Lives of Girls pdf document

Because They Are Girls: Mapping Plan’s Experience in Improving the Lives of Girls

This report examines the difference Plan projects and programs have made to girls’ lives.

» Download Mapping Plan’s Experience in Improving the Lives of Girl