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Girls learn at a Plan International Digital Learning Centre in India.

Because I am a Girl

Stand with brave girls everywhere as they campaign for equal rights

At Plan International UK, we believe girls shouldn't be discriminated against just for being girls. Our Because I am a Girl campaign focuses on giving girls an equal opportunity to boys, and our campaigns tackle the real issues girls and young women face every day around the world.

With your amazing support, brave girls across the globe have led campaigns and changed their futures, taking on issues from the trafficking of girls in Nepal to child marriage in Tanzania, accessing sexual health services in Uganda and living safely in the world’s cities. But we’re still a long way from achieving gender equality.

That’s why we’re taking action on street harassment and highlighting girls' experiences of periods in the UK, in our first-of-its-kind report, Break the Barriers. And it’s why we asked you to stand with youth advocates Faridah, Fiona and Rowlings, to stop the exploitation of girls at work in Uganda. 

Why we campaign for girls' rights

41,000 girlsare forced into marriage every day

6 out of 10UK victims of reported sex offences on school premises are girls or women

Only 12%of girls and women in India have access to sanitary products

Kadie from Birmingham talks about body image

International Day of the Girl

Around the world, including here in the UK, girls are experiencing huge pressure around their appearance – and it’s holding them back from going to school, getting their voices heard and achieving their dreams.

No girl should miss out because society says she should look a certain way. That’s why, on International Day of the Girl 2019, we’re asking you to #ListenToGirls about body image.

Left Out, Left Behind

If you’re a girl affected by conflict or disaster, you’re more likely to be married before the age of 18 than to finish school. But in places like South Sudan, Nigeria and the refugee camps of Cox’s Bazaar, girls are telling us they want an education more than anything. 

Will you stand up for every girl’s right to an education?

Raisa, 17, Birmingham


Across the UK, girls are being harassed in public places – and told it's just part of growing up. 

Our latest survey shows that 38% of girls are experiencing verbal harassment like catcalling, wolf whistling and sexual comments every month, while 15% are being touched, groped or grabbed – and they've told us they want it to stop.

That's why we're asking you to say 'It's not OK', as we call on the government to recognise harassment in public as a form of gender-based violence.

My story in virtual reality: Mamie's Dream

“Because I was born a girl, I’ve had to face many difficult challenges along the way – from avoiding FGM, to teenage pregnancy, and getting an education.”

In a country where 73% of girls don’t finish their education, Mamie’s dream of becoming a teacher in Sierra Leone seemed impossible – but she was determined to succeed. This is her story.

Because I am a girl

Stand with every brave girl

Our work in the UK

A photo of Sugi, from the UK.

Break the Barriers

When you start your period it’s all hush, hush. You can’t talk about it. It should be seen as a natural human thing.

- Sugi, 20, Middlesbrough

Our first-of-its-kind report reveals girls' experiences of periods in the UK, and how a culture of stigma and silence is putting girls' physical, sexual and mental health at risk.

Kiah-Ann, 17, Nottingham

Let’s Talk. Period

In the UK, period stigma, combined with the high cost of period products and a lack of education, has led to a ‘toxic trio’ of period poverty, and it’s impacting girls’ lives – as our 2018 report, Break the Barriers, revealed.

Now we’re delivering Let’s Talk. Period, a new project committed to ending period poverty in England, which we’ll be delivering with young people’s sexual health and wellbeing charity, Brook, funded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

A girl from our Champions of Wales programme

Champions of Wales

Run in partnership by Plan International UK and five local organisations, Champions of Wales is a girls’ rights movement, working to change perceptions and attitudes towards girls so they can live free from gender inequality.

Over three years, the programme will support at least two hundred young people, enabling them to build skills, confidence and an understanding of girls’ rights.


Locked out

It’s time to stop locking girls out of school toilets when they have their period.