In this section HomeWhy girls? Priorities The Report Action for girls' rights Now is the time to realise girls' rights Join the movement Start campaigning Because I am a Girl is a global movement driven by Plan International to ensure girls everywhere can learn, lead, decide and thrive. Tweet Share Share Email Priorities Learn All girls have the right to quality, safe education and access to lifelong learning. Lead All girls and young women have the right to take part fully in the political life of their community and country. Decide All girls have a right to decide if and when to marry or start a family. Thrive Girls have a right to live free from violence and discrimination and have equal economic opportunities. Get the facts 120 million girls have experienced sexual violence Learn more 15 million girls marry each year before 18 Learn more 2 million girls give birth under 15 each year Learn more Transforming girls' lives Counting the Invisible Girls This new report from Plan International reveals how improving the data we have about girls will help create a just world and equality for all. Child Marriage 15 million girls marry before the age of 18 each year – the equivalent of one every 2 seconds. Girls' rights manifesto How individuals, organisations and networks can come together as a movement to harness the ambition of the Global Goals and create sustainable change for girls worldwide. Female Genital Mutilation At least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone a form of female genital mutilation (FGM). News Investing in girls now will pay dividends in the future Giving girls a fighting chance for economic equality leads to a social transformation that will benefit all, says Plan International CEO, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen. Lifecycle of Girls’ Economic Empowerment Harmful, discriminatory gender norms have a lasting effect on girls’ economic justice. A holistic, life-cycle approach is needed to address these issues. Be Bold for Change: Let Girls Lead Securing rights for women and girls is the key to achieving gender equality by 2030, says Plan International’s CEO, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen. Marriage loophole threatens girls' futures Girls' futures are being put at risk in Bangladesh due to an unclear loophole in the Child Marriage Restraint Act, says Country Director Soumya Guha.