Name of organization/institution

Plan International

Website URL

Organization details

Civil Society Organization

Description of your organization/institution

Plan International is a humanitarian and development cooperation organization committed to working for vulnerable children in more than 75 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, with a special focus on girls and young women. Plan International does this by eliminating the disadvantaged position of girls and young women so that they have the same opportunities and rights as boys. We stand up for children's rights worldwide and for greater compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child. We also endorse the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and contribute to achieving them. Plan International works for concrete and lasting improvements in the lives of children worldwide.

Description of your main WPS related activities

The Leaders of Peace Programme - a consortium of Plan International, HealthNet TPO, Pax and the South Sudanese partners EVE and AMA - focusses on the participation of women in the peace process, with a special focus on young women and girls. Policy and regulations on gender-based violence (GBV) and the protection of women and girls are improved, including access to psychosocial services and self-care. This is done in part by strengthening ABC courts, supporting the gender-based violence court and training police and prison staff on GBV legislation, human rights and gender and inclusivity. Survivors of gender-based violence are supported in their self-care and peer-to-peer psychosocial services. Furthermore, case management and referral systems are strengthened. In addition, leadership tracks are developed for young women through symbolic take-overs: young women have the change to take over the offices of power holders. This action enables young people to take up and practice leadership roles. Youth are mentored by female politicians or business leaders. We also sub-grant and aid capacitation of CSOs and CBOs in their lobby and advocacy work, campaigning and platform building. This leads to a strong joint lobby on the WPS agenda in South Sudan. The programme has established and strengthened Children and Young Person’s Parliaments (CYPP), creating a national platform that will enable youth to influence the peace process and activate policy makers and gatekeepers to promote the NAP1325/WPS agenda. We organize a Champions of Change training for boys and girls – including in-school, out-of-school and cattle camp youth – that supports young people to self-organize. The training enhances a youth-led social movement, challenging social norms and gaining support for gender equality and girls’ rights. It includes special Peace modules, which are also used in our humanitarian programming. Every year at the Annual Women’s gathering the progress of the WPS agenda in South Sudan is monitored. The annual forum challenges negative attitudes that exclude women from the ABC court system and enables women and men to improve policy and regulations, while the jointly developed lobby and advocacy strategy is rolled out in close collaboration with all stakeholders and other networks. Leaders of Peace has a strong gender transformative approach, tackling the root causes of gender inequality. Engagement of boys and men is an important part of our strategy to change attitudes and beliefs regarding gender-based violence. Our strategy further facilitates inclusion, promotes gender equality and the implementation of the WPS agenda.

Strategic outcome

1. Participation - More women hold leadership positions, and women participate equally and meaningfully in decision-making processes at every level in the interests of peace and security, including conflict prevention and resolution, peacebuilding, protec, 2. Prevention - Conflict prevention and the prevention of violent extremism, including of related violence against women and girls, is based on the human rights approach and starts from the principle of human security. Prevention policy and its implementa, 3. Protection - Women and girls, as well as men and boys, in and from conflict situations, are protected against all forms of conflict-related violence, including sexual and gender-based violence. Their rights are safeguarded and enforceable, 4. Relief, reconstruction and recovery - Meet the needs and contribute to the empowerment of women and girls, 5. WPS Mainstreaming - A gender lens is applied to every reorganisation, improvement, development and evaluation of analysis, policy and policy implementation with regard to peace and security.

Sub-outcome 1

1.1 Enhanced enabling conditions for equal and meaningful participation of women and girls, 1.2 Support for meaningful participation women- and diaspora organisations, human rights defenders and peace builders who work on women’s rights and gender equality, 1.3 Peace processes and peace declarations are inclusive and bottom up.

Sub-outcome 2

2.1 Local, multi-dimensional peaceful conflict prevention is given priority.

Sub-outcome 3

3.1 Women and girls have access to security and justice systems, 3.2 Impunity for violent offences against women and girls combatted.

Sub-outcome 4

4.1 Improved physical, mental, psycho-social health of women and girls, 4.3 Humanitarian response is conflict- and gender -networks sensitive and - responsive; main role for local women’s organisations.

Sub-outcome 5

5.1 Peace and security personnel gender aware; applies gender lens, 5.2 Gender responsive budgetting endeavoured, 5.3 Organisations have positive gender norms; specific focus on role men and boys, 5.4 Improved coordination of actors in peace and security.

What type of investments will you make to contribute to the selected outcome(s)?

Financial, Policy, Advocacy, Progammitic


South Sudan

What is the time frame for your pledged outcome(s) and investment(s)

5 years - 2025