Why we’re campaigning for girls’ rights
‘Girls are not safe here’
Eight-year-old Priya lives in one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Delhi. She’s already well aware of the difference between being a girl and being a boy in India’s capital city. “My brother plays all the time. Because he is a boy, he does not have chores at home. I do not have much time to play,” she says.
Priya’s mum is already worried about the dangers her daughter will face when she gets older. “Girls are not safe here,” she says. “It will be difficult to let her go outside alone after she has reached puberty.”
‘I didn’t know anything about the man’
Around the world, girls growing up in crisis – like Amal – are facing poverty and an increased risk of child marriage and child labour. Now 11, Amal has spent the last six years living in a makeshift tent in Lebanon, after fleeing Syria with her family.
When we met her, she was working as a maid to help her mum and was next in line to be married. "Mum wanted me to be married off because she doesn't have any money,” explains Amal. “I didn't know anything about the man and said that I didn't want to, because I was too young.”
‘It was such a horrible experience’
Despite living in one of the richest countries in the world, girls in the UK are still being denied their rights. They’re facing harassment at school. They don’t feel safe online. They’re being judged by the way their body looks – and they’re scared every day on the street.
“I was in school uniform sat on a train and this guy kept trying to put his hand on my leg,” says Jess, 16, from Glasgow. “I ended up getting off the train that next stop and just being completely lost because I didn’t want to sit there anymore. It was such a horrible experience.”
When you stand with girls, you enable them to change their futures. With the help of our supporters, we’ve seen young people achieve amazing things, including:
- raising the age of marriage to 18 in Malawi and Guatemala
- successfully petitioning for improved sexual health services for young people in Uganda
- gaining support for a public awareness campaign on the dangers of trafficking in Nepal
- getting street harassment recognised as a form of gender-based violence in the UK.
Our Global Research on Girls’ Rights
We use research and the experience of the girls we work with around the world to shape our Because I am a Girl campaigns.
Discover more by reading our reports on the situation of girls' rights around the world or explore our policy blogs.
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