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About Because I Am A Girl

Because I am a Girl

Creating a world that values girls, promotes their rights and ends injustice

Because I am a Girl

Girls continue to be among the most discriminated against and excluded in the world. One in five adolescent girls around the world is denied their right to an education by the daily realities of poverty, conflict and discrimination.

Every day, girls are taken out of school and forced into work or marriage where they risk isolation and abuse. Missing out on school can mark the end of a girl being able to choose her own future. Our Because I am a Girl campaign is campaigning to see a world in which girls can realise their rights by accessing a safe and fulfilling education, living a life free from violence and being heard.

We work with girls and their communities to eliminate all the barriers that stand in the way of gender equality – such as child marriage, violence in and around schools, poor sexual and reproductive health and rights, and economic insecurity.

15 million girls will never have the opportunity to learn to read and write in primary school

More than 1 in 10 girls have experienced forced intercourse or other forced sexual acts at some point in their lives

15 million girls marry before the age of 18 each year – the equivalent of one every 2 seconds

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Our work to end injustice

Our Global Research on Girls’ Rights

We use research and the experience of the millions of girls we work with to shape our Because I am a Girl campaigns and advocacy work.

Discover more facts by reading our latest and past reports on the situation of girls' rights around the world.

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Our cohort study Real Choices: Real Lives follows the lives of 142 girls from birth to 18 from nine different countries across Africa, South America and Asia. Our latest report from the cohort documents the first ten years of the girls and their families’ lives. Meet nine of the girls from the study from around the world and discover their stories and struggles of being a girl from birth to ten years old.  

Your questions answered

Why does the campaign focus on girls?

Plan International's 79-year history has shown us that worldwide, no-one bears the brunt of poverty more than girls. Yet, in the right environment, girls can break the cycle of poverty.

What is female genital mutilation (FGM)?

FGM is a practice dating back thousands of years which involves the full or partial removal of a girl's external genitalia.

What about men and boys?

Our programmes do not only work with or target girls because we recognise that to positively change the relations between girls and boys we need to work with both groups.