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NORMAL IS
girls DENIED equality

Defy normal

Globally more than

130

million

girls are not in school.

Every year, nearly

12

million

girls are married before the age of 18.

Approximately

16

million

girls aged 15 to 19 years give birth each year

 

Girls’ rights are human rights

Every day, millions of girls around the world are denied their basic human rights – simply because they're girls. Because I am a Girl is Plan lnternational's global initiative that supports the youth-led movement for girls' rights and gender equality.

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WHY GIRLS?

Around the world, girls continue to face unique barriers that violate their rights and keep them from reaching their full potential. Discrimination leads to grave injustices like gender-based violence, limited or no educational opportunities, child marriage and early pregnancy.

Plan International is standing with girls and young women by providing a platform, opportunities and support for them to become leaders and make change happen. Once girls are aware of their rights and have an improved social position, they can successfully advocate for change in their lives, in their community, or around the world. We have seen girls at the forefront of movements to end FGM in their community or ban child marriage in their country.

Equality will not be a reality until the world recognizes the inherent power and potential of youth – especially girls. Our focus on girls does not mean that we exclude boys from our work, in fact we actively engage men and boys in our efforts to advance equality.

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STORIES FROM THE FIELD

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Oumou is working to end child marriage in Senegal

Meet Oumou and see how a vibrant, young women like her are working to end child marriage and early pregnancy in Senegal through education and youth empowerment.

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Meet 3 boys who are putting an end to sexual harassment in Egypt

These boys are no longer accepting sexual harassment or inequality faced by girls in their communities as 'normal'. They are standing up to Defy Normal.

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“Love Yourself” art project is empowering girls in Peru

Teenage girls in Peru participate in an innovative at project and learn how to express themselves, embrace self-love, and discover their true potential!

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