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Because I Am a Girl


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 is working to advance girls’ rights by helping them unleash their inherent power and potential.  


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 can exercise them, they can successfully advocate for change in their lives, in their community, or around the world. For example, we have seen girls at the forefront of movements to end Female Genital Mutilation (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. We are on Team Girl but that does not mean we exclude boys from our work, in fact we actively engage men and boys in our efforts to advance equality. Important shifts and real, lasting change require everyone to be involved in the process. Together, we can create a new and equitable normal over time.

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Is gender equality important during a crisis like COVID-19?

Yes! The impact of crisis is never gender neutral and COVID-19 is no exception. This global pandemic is actively unraveling decades of progress made towards girls’ rights around the globe.

In the next minute alone:

  • 20 Girls will drop out or lose access to school
  • 20 Girls under 18 will be married
  • 7 Girls will go through Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

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Globally, Nearly



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


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