Why we campaign for girls' rights
MAKING CHILD MARRIAGE ILLEGAL IN TANZANIA
Child marriage impacts a girl’s education, her health and her chances for the future. It makes her more likely to have to drop out of school, to have a child before her body is ready, and to be subject to violent abuse.
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.
STICKING IT TO PERIOD SHAME
Periods. They’re a normal part of life for millions of girls and women. But around the world, they’re still shrouded in secrecy and shame – and we think it’s time that changed.
That’s why, to mark International Day of the Girl, we launched our very own Plaster Pads and asked: why are girls expected to hide their sanitary pads away, when no-one thinks twice about putting on a plaster?
A year of incredible campaign wins
In less than a year, we were thrilled to celebrate four amazing campaign wins. At the UN Habitat III conference, we delivered a petition to global leaders, and secured a commitment from them to make cities safer for girls. In 2017, we helped change the constitution of Malawi, making child marriage illegal.
In Uganda, we asked Parliament to ensure girls have access to adolescent-friendly sexual health services – because of this, health workers will now be trained to provide these services to young people. And right here in the UK, we secured a pledge from the Government to make relationships and sex education mandatory in schools in England.
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.
We're calling for a period emoji to make the conversation around periods easier
Stand with girls in Uganda to give girls better access to sexual health services
Join our Because I am a Girl campaign to stand with every brave girl and take action for girls' rights
Young people are calling for mandatory sex and relationships education, stand with them
As world leaders meet in Ecuador to discuss the way future cities will be built, will you make sure they prioritise safety for girls?
In Malawi young people are on the verge of ending child marriage