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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 International’s global initiative that supports the youth-led movement for girls’ rights and gender equality.

Globally, nearly

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

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WHY GIRLS?

Around the world, girls continue to face unique barriers that violate their rights and keep them from achieving their full potential. Discrimination against girls leads to grave injustices like gender-based violence, being forced to drop out of school, child marriage and early pregnancy.

Plan International is standing with girls and young women and creating pathways for them to become leaders and make change happen. We work with all community members and leaders, including men and boys, to help girls learn, lead, decide and thrive - because empowering girls is essential to achieving gender equality.

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STORIES FROM THE FIELD

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Samuel is working to end period shaming in Uganda

See how we’re working with boys to break down menstruation taboos and keep girls in school.

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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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Dorothy is championing girls’ rights in Malawi

Survivor of child marriage has a message for other girls in her community: Go to school! See how Dorothy is working to end child marriage in Malawi.

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How YOU can help

Girls are ready to champion change in their communities, but they need access to essentials like education, healthcare and clean water to make it happen. You can support our girls’ rights work in a few ways:

Sponsor a girl

Sponsor the BIAAG Project

Make a one-time donation