Why are equality important

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In its work, Plan International advocates children's rights and equality between girls and boys. The Children's Fund supports girls and boys equally, but also takes gender-specific disadvantages into account.

What does equality mean?

Equality is an essential one Part of human dignity and a basic human right. The basis for this term can be found in the first article of the Declaration of Human Rights:"All people are born free and equal in dignity and rights".

In addition, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child also states that any form of Discrimination against children forbidden is. So equality applies to everyonewhether grown up or not. In many countries, girls and women are disadvantaged compared to boys and men.

Equal rights for girls and boys

Plan International is convinced that the Gender equality is of central importance for achieving a just world in which all children - girls and boys - can realize their potential and in which the Rights and dignity of all people be respected. In order to achieve equal coexistence between girls and boys, it is important to analyze and reduce the causes of gender-based discrimination.

International agreements like that Convention on the Rights of the Child or the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women provide a clear framework for this with the prohibition of discrimination. This also applies, for example, to the payment of women and working mothers who do the same work as men but receive less money for it.

Children's rights

The children's rights approach, with which Plan International also works, is based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and focuses on children's rights.

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 “I learned to value girls and women and not to see them as sexual objects; they have the same rights as us men. As a group of boys, we want to work together to counter violence against women. " Elmar, 16 years old, El Salvador

Targeted support for girls

International studies and estimates show that girls and women disadvantaged worldwide and cannot exercise their rights. They are often socially worse off than boys and men, have less freedom of choice and their human rights are violated on a daily basis. In addition, they are often not viewed as full members of society. Many do not have the opportunity to express their opinions freely or to have a say in decisions that affect them directly.

The causes for various disadvantages lie in gender discrimination, a traditional Understanding of roles as unequal distribution of power. In many families and communities, positions of power are held almost entirely by men. In addition, the boys often grow up knowing that girls and women are less valuable. They are also taught that they should not show any weakness or feelings in their lives and that they have power over women. These stereotypical roles rarely have anything to do with the actual interests of the boys.

International plan works together with girls and boys as well as women and men to ensure that all children can exercise their rights and those equal opportunities receive. That is also the goal of our globalCampaign "Girls Get Equal", with which we fight against various forms of discrimination.

Challenges and solutions

Worldwide there are more than 650 million girls and women who were married before their 18th birthday. Often they are not allowed to decide for themselves whether and whom to marry. The fathers or other male family members decide about the daughter's future. Early marriage is often justified by cultural tradition. But poverty and displacement also play a major role. Many see early marriage of their children as the only way to secure the economic supply and protection of the family.

Many family members are unaware or ignored the risks that come with an early marriage. Because an early marriage often means that many girls have their first child as minors. Early pregnancies and complications during pregnancy and childbirth are among the leading causes of death for young women between the ages of 15 and 19. In addition, because of motherhood and childcare, those affected can no longer attend school. There is also a lack of access to sexual and reproductive health offers. Many women cannot adequately protect themselves against sexually transmitted diseases and hardly have the opportunity to take part in educational events.

What we do: We at Plan International are committed to ensuring that families no longer forcibly marry their children. To this end, we show, among other things, the advantages when girls and boys have equal rights and have extensive access to qualified education.

In addition, we give girls and young women in particular the best possible and comprehensive access to sexual and reproductive health and rights. To this end, we work with young people, communities and other organizations to organize information events and sex education in schools. We want to give young people a voice and actively involve them in these issues.

Girls and women are still exposed to a variety of forms of violence today. According to the WHO, around 35 percent of women worldwide experience physical and / or sexual violence. In addition, more than 200 million girls and women worldwide are affected by female genital mutilation, even though the practice is a grave human rights violation. The procedure is very painful and carries many risks, such as infections, mental disorders and infertility. The tradition is particularly widespread on the African continent, although FGM is prohibited by law in some African countries, such as Burkina Faso.

What we do:We at Plan International have carried out several projects against female genital mutilation in Africa in recent years. In the African state of Guinea, for example, we have been campaigning for the abolition of female genital mutilation since 2007. To this end, we do educational work in the communities in the federal states, organize dialogue events and present alternative initiation rites for African women. We also provide information about the serious health and mental consequences of the procedure.

Girls are often prevented from attending and finishing school for social, cultural and economic reasons, such as early marriage, violence or malnutrition.

What we do: We at Plan International are convinced that education in particular is the key to more equality and better economic cooperation. In school, they not only learn to read and write, but also learn a lot about their rights and become more self-confident as a result. Only with school education do they have the chance of a self-determined future and can contribute to the sustainable development of their communities. Equal access to education alone lowers the risk of poverty, improves maternal and child health, avoids early and unwanted pregnancies and promotes economic development.

Gender-transformative project work

With our Girls Get Equal campaign, we are also calling for politics real equality for women and men: equal rights, equal opportunities, equal opportunities - in all countries and areas worldwide. Young women should be respected as leaders and active members of society. That is why we at Plan International design all of our strategies, programs and projects gender transformative: We actively question and change old gender norms and positions of power.

As part of our project work, we followtwo goals:

  • For one thing: there is enough education, health care, water, etc. for everyone
  • On the other hand: All people also have the same access to it.

For example: We not only want the children in our nutrition projects to have enough to eat, but also that parents understand why girls and boys have the right to get the same amount of food and that they all have to treat their children equally well . Equality is our central goal. That is why we address the causes of gender-specific discrimination in order to overcome unequal power relations.

We involve children, families and community members in our project work.Because if we can convince the participants in our projects through our work that girls and boys have the same rights, we break down the deeply rooted notions that girls are less worthy than boys and therefore may be treated worse. This social change can only succeed in close cooperation. Therefore, boys and men are also important partners in our program work in the countries. This is how we ensure that all children, regardless of gender, have theequal opportunities receive. This equal opportunity is important for sustainable positive development - in our projects, in our partner communities, but also for themwhole world.

The international states have also recognized this and adopted the so-called Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs for short). These United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are to be implemented by 2030. SDG 5 “Gender equality” has its own sustainability goal specifically dedicated to gender equality. For us at Plan International, this goal is oneCore part of our work represent.

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What about the boys?

More equality helps boys get away from Say goodbye to outdated masculinity roles allowed to. For example, if they are allowed to express their feelings, doubts and insecurities, this usually has an effect positive on their relationships to others.

In the project "Champions of Change" Plan International has developed materials for working with boys on the subject of equality and has made a video (Spanish with English subtitles) about four boys in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and the Dominican Republic:

  • Handbook for young people "Changing the world" (4.92 MB, download PDF)
  • Final report plan "Strong boys for equality" in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras (3.28 MB, download PDF)
  • Plan report "Because I am a Girl, The situation of girls in the world 2011 - And what about the boys?" (553.91 KB, download PDF)
  • Training manual "Champions of Change" (9.99 MB, download PDF)
  • Training manual "Champions of Change" - Module 1 (17.94 MB, download PDF)
  • Training manual "Champions of Change" - Module 2 (18.74 MB, download PDF)
  • Training manual "Champions of Change" - Module 3 (14.28 MB, download PDF)
  • Training manual "Champions of Change" - Module 4 (13.99 MB, download PDF)
  • Training manual "Champions of Change" - Module 5 (13.71 MB, download PDF)
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