Desiree Buitenbos

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World Refugee Day: How is COVID-19 impacting refugee girls and women?

| Jun 17, 2020

Based on our research, COVID-19 is having a significant impact on refugee girls and women – on their health, safety, education and livelihoods. Read more »

Period poverty and COVID-19: How the pandemic is impacting access to menstrual products

| May 22, 2020

Period poverty is being exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. See how we're working to alleviate this reality and ensure access to menstrual health supplies Read more »

Helping others during a pandemic: Meet 3 inspirational youth making a difference

| May 7, 2020

From stopping child marriages to sewing face masks, meet 3 inspiring and empowered youth who are making a difference by helping others during this pandemic. Read more »

Coronavirus in Africa: how the pandemic will exacerbate humanitarian crises

| Apr 23, 2020

As confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Africa grow, see how we are responding to prevent the spread and support those already impacted by humanitarian crisis. Read more »

Supporting global health: 4 health care workers making a difference

| Apr 4, 2020

Meet 4 inspirational health care workers supported by Plan International, and see how they’re protecting and saving lives every day. Read more »

8 tips for talking to children about coronavirus (COVID-19)

| Apr 3, 2020

Talking to children about coronavirus is crucial. Based on our expertise as a child rights organization, we're providing 8 tips to ensure children feel safe. Read more »

Gender and coronavirus: why women are bearing the brunt of COVID-19

| Mar 30, 2020

Gender norms and expectations play a role in how women are impacted by coronavirus. See 5 reasons why women are bearing the brunt of COVID-19. Read more »

3 ways children are impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19)

| Mar 20, 2020

Although children appear less affected by COVID-19 than adults, the coronavirus pandemic can alter their lives. See the 3 ways COVID-19 can impact children. Read more »

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to know

| Mar 13, 2020

What is coronavirus and where did it come from? Get the answers and find out what you need to know about the new coronavirus, COVID-19. Read more »

Meet 3 inspiring women shattering gender norms in the workplace

Meet Ann, Quline and Winnie. These 3 exceptional women share 1 common goal: to remove barriers for women who want to pursue careers in male-dominated fields. Read more »

Solar empowered women: Kenya’s renewable energy entrepreneurs

See how Plan International Canada's Kilifi Solar Project is working to combat climate change while also empowering women to become successful entrepreneurs. Read more »

Forced to undergo FGM at 12 then told to get married: Isha’s story

Isha* was 12 when she was forced to undergo FGM. Soon after, her family expected her to get married but she refused. This is Isha's story in her own words. Read more »