Why equality for girls is crucial to achieving a just world
Every child has the right to be healthy, educated, protected, valued, respected and heard. However, the reality is that millions of children around the world are barred from accessing their rights. And girls are the most likely to suffer from these injustices.
Girls living in the regions of lowest income are among the most disadvantaged people on the planet. They are more likely to live in poverty, be denied access to education and be malnourished. And yet studies show that when you invest in girls, the whole world benefits.
If a girl has enough to eat, a safe environment and an education, she can begin to pursue her full potential and a better future of her own choosing. In communities where girls can equally access their rights and opportunities, societies can work to raise their standard of living and, in time, strengthen the economy of the entire country as well as help end cycles of poverty, gender-based violence and child marriage.
Why our work is critical
We work to improve the lives of girls while advancing their position and value in society. Gender equality underpins our programming, advocacy, communications and partnerships. We tackle the root causes of gender inequality because investing in girls is one of the most effective ways to fight global poverty and create more resilient, just communities.
girls are not attending primary or secondary school.*
Every day, girls around the world are denied their right to education because of poverty, malnourishment, gender norms and violence.
Every 2 seconds
a girl under 18 is married.*
Did you know that child marriage is a human-rights violation and increases a girl’s risk of domestic abuse, early pregnancy and HIV?
Read children’s real-life experiences
Looking for 5 ways to end poverty? The good news is that poverty rates have been on a steady decline and have been cut by more than half since 2000. But there is still lots of work to do as the fact remains that 10% of the world’s population or 734 million people live on less than $1.90 a day.
Plan International Canada helps support children, especially girls, access their rights to education, health, safety, nutrition and disaster relief.
How we work
As an inclusive charity, Plan International Canada uses a gender transformative approach to create sustainable change and advance children’s rights and equality for girls worldwide.
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