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Day of the Girl: Pledge your support for girls' rights

It’s that time of year again – the International Day of the Girl is just around the corner. And this year, on October 11th, the world will be celebrating its fourth official Day of the Girl. To say we’re excited is an understatement.

That’s because Day of the Girl is an opportunity to raise awareness and to fight to improve girls’ rights around the globe. It’s also a time to recognize what’s been accomplished to date to achieve gender equality.

Why girls’ rights matter

Young girl writing at her desk.

Around the world, millions of girls are missing out on an education.

Every year, millions of girls around the globe are denied their most basic human rights, simply because they are girls. In fact:

  • In the developing world, girls are 2x as likely to suffer malnutrition as boys.
  • 63 million girls around the world are out of school.
  • Pregnancy and childbirth is the 2nd leading cause of death among girls aged 15 to 19 in the developing world.
  • Every year, 15 million girls under 18 will be married; that's 41,000 each day, and nearly 1 girl every 2 seconds.

These are just a few of the startling realities that highlight the importance of championing girls’ rights. Gender inequality is a global issue that has a far-reaching impact on society, and yet it’s proven that when we invest in girls, everyone benefits.

How Plan is working to achieve gender equality

Here at Plan, we’re focused on improving the lives of girls, their families and their communities by working to end child marriage, gender-based violence and enhancing education for girls in the developing world. Our goal is to provide a safer, more inclusive environment in which girls can live, learn and build a brighter future.

Here's where you come in

International Day of the Girl is an opportunity to put a spotlight on girls’ rights and celebrate the progress that’s been made to date in the quest for gender equality, while acknowledging the work that remains.

We’re asking Canadians to step up and take the pledge in support of girls’ rights. By taking the pledge, you’re demonstrating your commitment to stand up for girls’ rights and help create a #BrighterFuture for everyone. It’s easy, it’s online and it packs a big punch: For every pledge taken, Sears Canada donated $1 to Plan’s Because I am a Girl campaign.