Why gender equality is good for everyone

Gender equality is good for everyone

Plan International’s Because I am a Girl is a global initiative to promote girls’ rights and end gender inequality. To achieve gender equality, we know that engaging boys and men is part of the solution. We know when both girls and boys have equal access to education, healthcare and other basic human rights, everyone wins!

In fact, Plan International’s Because I am a Girl: “So what about boys?” report revealed how gender equality is good for boys and men too! Gender equality can give young boys and men the chance to break gender norms and stereotypes – helping them build positive relationships, based on mutual trust, while embracing their own identities.

Meet some of the boys and men who proudly champion gender equality around the world.


Father holding his daughter.

5 fathers championing gender equality for their daughters!

Meet 5 dads from around the world who are proudly standing up for equality, taking action to support their daughters and inspiring other men to do the same!


A man speaking into a mic.

One-on-one with Malala’s father, Ziauddin Yousafzai

“Don’t ask me what I did; ask me what I did not do. I did not clip her wings. I did not stop her from doing things. I let her be her, and that makes a big difference.” – Meet the inspiring Ziauddin Yousafzai, the father of Nobel Peace Prize recipient and girls’ education advocate, Malala.


Brother and sister holding hands

Brothers and sisters tackle girls’ rights together

What happens when brothers start speaking up for their sisters’ rights? In Hatibandha, Bangladesh, boys and young men with sisters are seeing the benefits of gender equality and making the commitment to create change in their communities.


3 ways boys are busy supporting girls’ rights!

The girls’ rights movement isn’t just about girls – it’s about ensuring that everyone has equal rights, regardless of their gender. Like any social movement, it needs widespread support – from girls, and boys alike – to ensure a better future for all. Here are 3 ways boys are campaigning for gender equality around the globe!