Supporting partners

  

The Brookings Institute

The Brookings Institute

The Brookings Institution is a non-profit public policy organisation based in Washington, DC. Brookings’ mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations. One of Brookings’ core goals is to ‘secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system’.

Brookings is consistently ranked as the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tank.

Girls Not Brides

Girls Not Brides

Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of over 170 organisations working to end child marriage all over the world. The partnership aims to give a voice to girls at risk of child marriage, to defend their rights to health and education, and to give them the opportunities they need to fulfil their potential.

Girls Not Brides also aims to support children who are or have been victims of child marriage, to increase awareness of the scale and impact of child marriage, and to mobilise the support and resources needed to end child marriage.

Global Partnership for Education

Global Partnership for Education

The Global Partnership for Education is the only multilateral partnership devoted to getting all children in developing countries into school for a quality education.
Established in 2002, the Global Partnership for Education is comprised of 46 developing countries, and over 30 bilateral, regional, and international agencies, development banks, the private sector, teachers, and local and global civil society groups.

The Global Partnership for Education provides its developing country partners the incentives, resources, and technical support to build and implement sound education plans. Members of the Partnership mobilise and coordinate resources to support the achievement of these plans’ targets to help more children enrol in school and for a better education.

Global Campaign for Education

Global Campaign for Education

The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is a civil society movement that aims to end the global education crisis. GCE’s mission is to make sure that governments act now to deliver the right of everyone to a free, quality, public education.

GCE’s membership is comprised of a huge variety of national, regional and international civil society organisations, teachers’ unions and child rights campaigners. GCE aims to hold governments to account for their promises repeatedly made to provide Education for All.

UNGEI

UNGEI

The United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) is a partnership of organisations committed to narrowing the gender gap in primary and secondary education. It also seeks to ensure that, by 2015, all children complete primary schooling, with girls and boys having equal access to free, quality education.

UNGEI was launched in April 2000 at the World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal, by then United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan in response to a troubling reality: Of the millions of children worldwide who were not in school, more than half were girls – a reality that continues today.

UNGEI is determined and committed to accelerating action on girls’ education and revitalising the broad social mobilisation and high-level political action that is needed to ensure that every girl, as well as every boy, goes to school.

UNICEF

UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. UNICEF is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and is located in 190 countries through country programmes and national committees.

UNESCO

UNESCO

UNESCO works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilisations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values. It is through this dialogue that the world can achieve global visions of sustainable development encompassing observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty, all of which are at the heart of UNESCO’S mission and activities.

The broad goals and concrete objectives of the international community – as set out in the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – underpin all UNESCO’s strategies and activities. Thus UNESCO’s unique competencies in education, the sciences, culture and communication and information contribute towards the realisation of those goals.

In 2007, UNESCO designated gender equality as one of two global priorities for the 2008-2013 medium-term strategy.

UN Women

UN Women

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.

The main roles of UN Women are:

To support inter-governmental bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, in their formulation of policies, global standards and norms.

To help member states to implement these standards, standing ready to provide suitable technical and financial support to those countries that request it, and to forge effective partnerships with civil society.

To hold the UN system accountable for its own commitments on gender equality, including regular monitoring of system-wide progress.

Special Representative for Violence Against Children

Special Representative for Violence Against Children

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children (SRSG) is a global independent advocate in favour of the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against children.

The SRSG acts as a bridge builder and a catalyst of actions in all regions, and across sectors and settings where violence against children may occur. It mobilises action and political support to maintain momentum around this agenda and generate renewed concern at the harmful effects of violence on children; to promote behavioural and social change, and to achieve effective progress.

The SRSG reports directly to the UN Secretary General, chairs the United Nations Inter Agency Working Group on Violence against Children and collaborates closely with a wide range of partners, within and beyond the UN system.

In 2007, UNESCO designated gender equality as one of two global priorities for the 2008-2013 medium-term strategy.

Omnicom Group

Omnicom Group

Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) is a leading global advertising and marketing communications services company. Omnicom’s branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, digital and interactive marketing, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to more than 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.

Omnicom Group and its agencies AMV BBDO, GMR, OMD, Platinum Rye and Porter Novelli are providing valuable strategic and executional support of the Because I am a Girl (BIAAG) campaign and launch.

“Working with Plan on the BIAAG campaign and launch has been an honour for all of us at Omnicom. To a person, we have become passionate evangelists for Plan’s belief that a key to a better world is educating girls. We all proudly raise our hands in support of Plan and BIAAG.” Tim Love, Vice Chairman and CEO of Omnicom APMEA

KPMG

KPMG

KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm, is the US member firm of KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”). KPMG International’s member firms have 145,000 professionals, including more than 8,000 partners, in 152 countries.

KPMG LLP is a major financial sponsor of the global Because I am a Girl launch event and in October 2012 will also publish an ‘issues monitor’ on Bridging the Gender Gap: Tackling Women’s Inequality.

“Gender equality is one of the most important challenges facing the developing world today; the statistics on inequalities for girls in education, access to food, and health/mortality are staggering. The first annual International Day of the Girl Child and Plan International’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign will bring attention and create a call to action to deal with the important issues around gender and eliminate inequality. KPMG is proud to support this campaign as part of our stated commitment, through the KPMG Global Development Initiative, to work towards promoting gender equality and empowering women.” Timothy A. A. Stiles, KPMG, Global Head, International Development Assistance Services

PepsiCo Foundation

PepsiCo Foundation

As PepsiCo’s philanthropic anchor, the PepsiCo Foundation, established in 1962, is committed to developing partnerships and programmes in underserved regions that provide opportunities for sustained and improved health, environment and education. Through grant-giving, associate programmes and disaster response, PepsiCo Foundation seeks to help the most impoverished people and communities in the US and around the world.

PepsiCo Foundation is a financial sponsor of the global Because I am a Girl launch event, and PepsiCo’s CEO, Indra Nooyi will be supporting the event by providing a key note speech and inspiring the audience on why girls’ education matters.

Girl facts

open quotes An extra year of secondary school increases a girl’s potential income by 15 to 25%.close quotes

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