Why we campaign for girls' rights
Girls' Rights in the UK 2020
In 2016 our research revealed that, despite living in one of the richest countries in the world, girls across the UK were being denied their rights.
Now, at the turn of the decade, our latest report shows the true extent of gender inequality in the UK. It reveals that girls are ‘fed up and frustrated’ with the lack of progress on gender equality, and are continuing to face very real threats to their safety in public, sexism in school and a lack of control over their bodies.
STREET HARASSMENT: I say it’s not ok
Across the UK, girls are being harassed in public places and told it's just part of growing up – and they've told us they want it to stop.
Will you stand with them and say 'It's not OK'?
Say No To Trafficking in Nigeria
In North East Nigeria, humanitarian crisis and conflict have put girls’ safety in jeopardy. Traffickers are luring girls and young women with promises of well-paid jobs and tricking families into giving up their daughters, but what seems like a way out is a path to exploitation.
We’re standing with youth advocates Tama and Gift as they champion a girl-led movement to say no to the trafficking of girls and young women in Nigeria. Will you stand with them?
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.
Period poverty: the toxic trio
Since launching our Menstrual Manifesto, we’ve been taking on the three issues UK girls identified as creating a ‘toxic trio’ of period poverty: the cost of sanitary products; a lack of education about periods; and shame, stigma and taboo.
Our Locked Out campaign highlighted the issue of girls not being able to go to the toilet during lessons at school, even when they get their period. Meanwhile, your support for our period emoji campaign has secured a new way to smash the period taboo, using one of the world’s fastest growing global languages.
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.
Millions of girls are growing up in crisis. It’s time to listen to their voices.
Will you stand with Tama and Gift and say #NoToTrafficking?
Join our Because I am a Girl campaign to stand with every brave girl and take action for girls' rights
Girls are missing out on achieving their dreams because they’re being held back by worries about their body image.
Every day, girls across the UK are being harassed in public places – and told it’s just part of growing up.
It’s time to stop locking girls out of school toilets when they have their period.
Growing up in crisis is putting girls’ education and their futures in jeopardy.
Thanks to your amazing support, our period emoji is appearing on phones and keyboards everywhere.
Stop the sexual exploitation of girls at work in Uganda
Trafficking is a horrendous abuse of girls’ rights. It has to stop. Stand with young campaigners today and sign their petition to end trafficking in Nepal.
Stand with girls in Uganda to give girls better access to sexual health services
Young people are calling for mandatory sex and relationships education, stand with them
Around the world, girls aren't feeling safe in the cities they're growing up in.
In Malawi young people are on the verge of ending child marriage
246 million children are affected by violence at school. Let's end this