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girls DENIED equality

Defy normal

Globally more than



girls are not in school.

Every year, nearly



girls are married before the age of 18.




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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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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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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