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.

1 million hands raised for girls’ education!

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

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Your donation to Plan’s girls’ fund will directly support our work to benefit girls in the world’s poorest countries.

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Sponsor a girl

Sponsoring a girl through Plan will create a direct and positive impact on the life of a girl in one of the 50 developing countries in which we work.

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Girl facts

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