1 million hands raised for girls’ education!
We’ve done it! We’ve smashed through our target of getting 1 million raised hands in support of girls’ education for the International Day of the Girl, 11 October.
More than 1.5 million people across the world – including Malala Yousafzai (pictured), who was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan for being a schoolgirl – have now backed Plan’s Because I am a Girl Raise Your Hand initiative, calling on the world to make girls’ education a priority.
Key to breaking poverty
Globally, 1 in 5 adolescent girls around the world is denied an education by the daily realities of poverty, discrimination and violence. Yet educating girls is a key to breaking out of poverty – transforming the lives of girls, boys, their communities, everyone.
We will shortly be taking the 1.5 million raised hands directly to the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, with the call to make girls’ education a priority for the post-2015 UN agenda.
4 million goal
Thanks to everyone who has helped us reach this amazing result so far – but the campaign does not stop there!
We’re now aiming for 4 million raised hands. Plan’s Because I am a Girl campaign aims to directly reach and improve the lives of 4 million girls across the world – and we need 1 raised hand to represent each one of them.
If you have not already done so, please Raise Your Hand now – and share the action with all your friends on social media.
See how we celebrated International Day of the Girl 2013
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Photo credit: A World at School 2013