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Stand up for girls on International Day of the Girl

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Stand up for girls

International Day of the Girl 2016

We led the campaign to establish International Day of the Girl so we have the opportunity to remind the world every year that we need to stand up for girls’ rights. 

Still today, one girl every two seconds is forced to marry before the age of 18. And more than one in ten girls have experienced forced intercourse or other forced sexual acts at some point in their lives. 

On this day, will you do one thing for girls? Join our Because I am a Girl campaign that strives to create a world that values girls, promotes their rights and ends injustice. We’ll send you updates on how you can take part in the campaign and stand up for girls across the world. 

Every 2 secondsa girl is forced to marry before the age of 18

1 in 5 adolescent girls are out of school

1 in 10 girlshave experienced forced intercourse or other forced sexual acts at some point in their lives

Stand up for girls

Join our Because I am a Girl campaign

What we’re doing

Girls are taking over the world

Across the world, on International Day of the Girl, girls are stepping into the shoes of presidents, mayors, head teachers, business leaders to demand a fair world where girls and boys have equal opportunities.

Check out the map to discover where and how girls are taking over the world. More than 160 takeover events are happening to highlight the power and strength girls have to change the world

Lupita Nyongo speaking at the Plan International UK Queen of Katwe screening

Screening Queen of Katwe

Yesterday we partnered with Disney to host a screening of the new film, the Queen of Katwe. Celebrities took to the red carpet at Picturehouse Central, to watch the first, exclusive screening of the new Disney film, set in Uganda, following the real-life story of a young chess champion, Phiona. Star of the film, Lupita Nyong'o introduced the film, before the audience settled down to watch the screening.

The film highlights the importance of education for all girls and shows just how much girls can achieve when they can fulfil their dreams and have teachers that will stand up for what they want to achieve. Queen of Katwe is released across the UK on 21 October. 

plan International UKs 2016 youth action festival

Young people change the world for a day

On Saturday we brought together 130 young people from across the country as part of our Youth Action Festival. We held workshops on the media's representation of young women and girls and gender, sexuality and stereotypes, as well as t-shirt activism pictured. Find out what changes young people in the UK want to see for all girls across the world and the solutions they came up with to create a just and equal world for both girls and boys. 

Girl in Niger caries water for her family

Growing up a girl

Tonight we’re holding a panel discussion on how stereotypes affect a day in the life of a girl. The event is hosted by Deputy Women's Editor for Telegraph Wonder Women and Plan International UK CEO Tanya Barron OBE, Youth for Change activist Larissa Kennedy and Professor Maxine Molyneaux will sit on the panel. Follow #StandUpForGirls for live tweets from the event.

Stand up for girls

Join the world’s biggest girls’ right campaign