• Visit us on Facebook
  • Visit us on Twitter
  • Visit us on Google+

Silent Night?


On the 9th December celebrities descended onto Trafalgar Square for Plan UK’s first ever pop-up charity carol concert - in aid of Plan UK's campaign 'Girls Without Voices'.

Celebrities sing at Plan UK's pop-up carol concert - with the women gagged. Photo: Matt WrittleVisitors to Trafalgar Square at 5pm saw legendary soul singer Kym Mazelle lead a host of celebrities including Camilla Dallerup (star of Strictly Come Dancing), Jasmine Harman (A Place in the Sun), Zoe Tyler (vocal coach to the stars), Syed Ahmed (star of the Apprentice), Amy Studt (singer) and Lucie Cave (Executive editor Heat magazine), participate in a carol concert  for Plan UK. But this was a carol concert with a difference! 

As part of Plan UK’s campaign Girls Without Voices, highlighting the lack of education opportunities for girls in the developing world, celebrities formed a choir of both men and women. However, only the men were allowed to sing and the girls were prevented from singing - with gags across their mouths.

The sound of all male voices ringing out across Trafalgar Square symbolised the loss of opportunities for girls in some of the world’s poorest countries, where there are currently 43 million out of education.

The harsh reality of a girl’s life in these countries is that they are pulled out of primary school and pushed into domestic work, child labour, forced marriage and the sex trade putting them at risk of exploitation and sexually transmitted infections. Plan UK is calling for more people to sponsor a girl to help put a stop to child discrimination.

Celebrity support

Later in the evening the women joined the men. Photo: Matt Writtle.Celebrities including Kym Mazelle, Beverley Knight, Anne Diamond, Francine Lewis and singer Amy Studt are also lending their support to Plan UK.

Kym Mazelle commented, “It’s easy to take our education and healthcare privileges for granted when they’re readily available to us. It’s shocking that, in today’s age, such discrimination is still taking place. We just can’t ignore this any longer, we need to take action!”

Singer Beverley Knight has shown her support, “As a nation, we need to sit up and take notice of the challenges and discriminations girls face in the developing world. As a Plan UK sponsor myself, I urge people to support Plan’s fight for a girl’s right to an education, just as hard as someone once fought for ours.”

Marie Staunton, CEO at Plan UK said, “It is fantastic to see that there are so many high profile people committed to helping us raise awareness to these important issues. We want others to understand that by sponsoring a girl in the developing world you can help remove them from a life on the sidelines, a life of missed opportunities.”

By sponsoring a girl with Plan, you can help put a stop to child discrimination. You can help get girls into school, where their enormous potential won’t go to waste. You’ll help give them a voice, ensuring they aren’t condemned to a life of poverty, but have a better chance of a brighter future.

You may also like...

Latest News
  • Ha Giang in Vietnam has particularly low school attendance rates among girls from minority groups. Plan International has been working with the local government to build new school dormitories and improve girls’ access to education in the area.
  • "I feel safe when I get to school." Larice has to endure a risky, half-hour journey to get to her school gate. She doesn't even carry her ID card with her as she is afraid it could get stolen.
Latest Blogs
  • Often women are underrepresented in the humanitarian sector, especially in management positions. However, on World Humanitarian Day, which focuses on incredible aid workers, we're highlighting the female managers in our Tanzania office, working with the Burundi refugees.
  • Malawi has one of the world’s highest child marriage rates. Young girls who are victims of child marriage are often taken out of education leaving them with little choice over their future. For the next two weeks Plan International UK is collecting signatures in solidarity with young campaigners in Malawi who are looking to amend the constitution and end child marriage. Tionge tells us why she's campaigning to change the law.

Registered Charity no.276035

0300 777 9777