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Leading development and humanitarian agencies ask global leaders to “save lives by prioritizing education for girls in crises”


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A young girl writes Dari letters on a black board in a mosque that serves as a community-based school, in Kamar Kalagh, a village on the outskirts of the north-western city of Herat, Afghanistan. © UNICEF/UNI118304/Nooran

TORONTO, Ont. (April 18, 2018) – As momentum builds toward the G7 Summit in June, a coalition of Canadian leading development and humanitarian agencies is amplifying the voices of concerned Canadians who want G7 leaders to take action on the most neglected, yet critical, issue in the world today: the education of girls in crises and conflict.

With millions of children around the world caught in conflict and disaster, education is a lifeline, especially for girls, according to Plan International Canada, Save the Children, UNICEF Canada and World Vision. Access to education protects them from violence today, while giving them a chance to pursue a better life tomorrow. Education saves lives.

Prime Minister Trudeau has committed to advancing gender equality and empowering women and girls. The G7 is an unprecedented opportunity for Canada to lead that fight on a global stage. Canadians can join the movement by asking leaders for a G7 Declaration to Educate and Empower Girls in Crises to change the course for millions of out of school girls. Without action now, we could face a lost generation of girls.


  1. Speak Up. Tell the Government of Canada you want it to prioritize the education of girls in crises at the G7.
  2. Take Action. Join Fatuma, a former refugee girl by signing the petition to give girls in crises and conflicts access to education.
  3. Get Involved. Spread awareness about the importance of education by taking the Throwback Challenge.


  • 75 million children and youth, predominately girls, are out of school in 35 crisis-affected countries.
  • Families uprooted by conflict spend on average 26 years as refugees or as internally displaced people.
  • Girls are 2.5 times more likely to be out of school than boys during crises.
  • Education protects girls from harmful practices: in countries with the highest prevalence of child marriage, girls with secondary schooling are five times less likely to marry as children compared to girls with little or no education.
  • Canadian can learn more about the importance of educating girls in crises at


About Plan International Canada and the Because I am a Girl initiative

Founded in 1937, Plan International is one of the world’s oldest and largest international development agencies, working in partnership with millions of people around the world to end global poverty. Not for profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, Plan International strives for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Because I am a Girl is Plan International’s global movement to transform power relations so that girls everywhere can learn, lead, decide and thrive.

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Media contact:

Leah Siversky
Media and Public Relations Specialist, Plan International Canada
T: 416-920-1654 x361