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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.

Thanks to your amazing support we celebrated some huge successes in 2017. Brave girls across the globe led campaigns and changed their futures, taking on issues from child marriage to sexual health and living safely in the world’s cities. But we’re still a long way from achieving gender equality.

That’s why we've launched a first-of-its-kind report, highlighting girls' experiences of periods in the UK. It's why we're fighting to break the silence surrounding periods by calling for a period emoji. And it's why we asked you to help ensure the new Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) curriculum includes the issues that matter most to young people.

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

Sabina, left, 17, and Sarita, right, 15, are campaigning to end trafficking in Nepal.

Standing with brave girls in Nepal

Every day, girls are being trafficked within Nepal, across the border into India and overseas. Once they’re taken away from their homes, they're being sexually exploited in brothels, and forced into child marriage, domestic servitude and to work in clothes factories.

It's a horrendous abuse of girls' rights, and it has to stop. That's why we asked you to support youth advocates like Sarita and Sabina, as they campaign to get their Mayor to take action. 

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.

Because I am a girl

Stand with every brave girl

Making child marriage illegal in Tanzania

In Tanzania, 1 in 3 girls get married before they turn 18. That’s why we asked you to stand with young people and brave girls, as they campaign to change the law and make child marriage illegal – and we were overwhelmed by your support, with 49,125 people from around the world signing the petition.

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.