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Mustafa Kudrati, President & CEO of Plan International USA

Mustafa Kudrati, President and CEO of Plan International USA, on the state of the world’s girls and supporting girl-led organisations. Celebrating International Day of the Girl Child 2022!

The State of the World’s Girls 2022 Report has just been launched by Plan International and Mustafa Kudrati sheds light on its key findings.

The report is focused on girls’ and young women’s political participation, based on a survey of close to 29,000 girls and young women ages 15-24 from 29 countries. How girls perceive their ability to participate in the political process might surprise you.

Mustafa also introduces Plan International’s initiatives in Guatemala and Brazil; going beyond grant-making by supporting girl-led organisations on the ground, elevating local voices and co-designing.

We learn about Plan International’s “We are the Girls” campaign and also delve into the relevance of women’s economic empowerment in influencing girls' expected life outcomes.

This episode is for anyone who is interested in tackling gender inequality and learning about the latest thinking in this field.

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About Mustafa Kudrati

Mustafa Kudrati is the President and CEO of Plan International USA, an international humanitarian and development organization that partners with girls and their communities around the world to overcome oppression and gender inequality.

Appointed to this role in the spring of 2022, Mustafa has long admired Plan’s commitment to girls’ rights and unique approach to engaging young people. For more than 30 years, he has focused his work on reproductive health rights, social inclusion, local ownership and diversity, equity and inclusion. Mustafa joins the organization following four years at EngenderHealth, where he served as vice president of programs, and more than a decade at Pathfinder International in a variety of roles.

Born and raised in Tanzania, Mustafa began his career as the co-founder of the Kuleana Center for Children’s Rights. The Center, based in Tanzania, focused on integrating homeless children into their home communities and formal education. UNICEF has recognized Kuleana with the Maurice Pate Leadership for Children Award for exemplary innovation and inspirational leadership, and the organization went on to become one of the largest nonprofits in the country.

Mustafa holds a bachelor’s degree in development studies from Hamilton College and a master’s in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. In his free time, he enjoys reading books on a wide array of subject matter, eating ice cream and spending time with his family, including three teenage children.

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