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Celebrating the Day of the Girl

  • Actress and Because I am a Girl ambassador, Freida Pinto, joins Plan youth delegates to light up the Empire State Building in New York bright pink

    Actress and Because I am a Girl ambassador, Freida Pinto, joins Plan youth delegates to light up the Empire State Building in New York bright pink

  • Freida flips the switch at a special ceremony...

    Freida flips the switch at a special ceremony...

  • The Empire State Building glows pink to celebrate the International Day of the Girl

    The Empire State Building glows pink to celebrate the International Day of the Girl

  • Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia, is next to go pink

    Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia, is next to go pink

  • Indonesian TV celebrity Anita Mae takes the plunge off Pramuka Island to promote the release of Plan's report on girls and how they are being failed in disasters

    Indonesian TV celebrity Anita Mae takes the plunge off Pramuka Island to promote the release of Plan's report on girls and how they are being failed in disasters

  • In the Netherlands, Plan lights up Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam

    In the Netherlands, Plan lights up Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam

  • News presenter Gillian Joseph (right) and  Lynne Featherstone MP take action to erase the barriers to girls' education on Plan's giant Erasable Wall in Trafalgar Square, London, UK

    News presenter Gillian Joseph (right) and Lynne Featherstone MP take action to erase the barriers to girls' education on Plan's giant Erasable Wall in Trafalgar Square, London, UK

  • The Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, glows pink

    The Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, glows pink

  • In Bern, Miss Earth Switzerland Djoa Strasbourg and rapper Knackeboul take action on Plan's giant Erasable Wall

    In Bern, Miss Earth Switzerland Djoa Strasbourg and rapper Knackeboul take action on Plan's giant Erasable Wall

  • La Torre Colpatria in Bogotá, Colombia, marks the International Day of the Girl

    La Torre Colpatria in Bogotá, Colombia, marks the International Day of the Girl

  • Celebrations at the fountain in Central Park, Guatemala City

    Celebrations at the fountain in Central Park, Guatemala City

  • The Monument of the Constitution glows pink in San Salvador

    The Monument of the Constitution glows pink in San Salvador

  • The International Day of the Girl at Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

    The International Day of the Girl at Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

  • The CN Tower in Toronto, Canada

    The CN Tower in Toronto, Canada

Glowing pink landmarks, giant erasable walls and Plan events across the world marked this year’s International Day of the Girl.

Huge thanks to everyone who took part and joined us in calling on world leaders to prioritise girls’ education.

Globally, 65 million girls are out of school – held back from accessing their right to education by poverty, violence and discrimination. Not only is this unjust, it’s a huge waste of potential with serious global consequences.

To mark the big day, Plan’s Because I am a Girl campaign for girls' education lit up some of the world's most famous landmarks in bright pink.

In New York, a Plan delegation of girls from Burkina Faso, Egypt and Nepal joined our global campaign ambassador, actress Freida Pinto, to illuminate the Empire State Building.

Erase it for girls

Giant Plan eraseable billboards also surfaced across the world for Day of the Girl – displaying the plight of girls being forced to work in a factory instead of going to school.

Thousands of people in New York, London, Amsterdam, Bern and Melbourne took up our invitation to ‘erase it for girls’ – picking up an eraser and rubbing out the image to reveal a fresco of girls learning in school.

Raise your hand

We smashed our target of getting 1 million raised hands in support of girls' education before the Day of the Girl. Now we need 4 million raised hands to show the United Nations that the world believes educating girls should be a priority.

Please join us and Raise Your Hand right now

State of the World’s Girls report

Plan released the 2013 edition of its State of the World’s Girls report series on the International Day of the Girl. This year's report focuses on adolescent girls and their experiences in disasters.

Read the report: In Double Jeopardy: Adolescent Girls in Disasters

Support Plan’s Because I am a Girl campaign