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. Female Genital Mutilation At least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone a form of female genital mutilation (FGM). Ending violence against girls and women It’s estimated around 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lives. News New Urban Agenda makes cities safer for girls World leaders have committed to making girls’ needs a priority in the sustainable development of cities following campaigning by Plan International and partners. Girls’ voices crucial to make cities safe Plan International is calling on global leaders to listen to girls’ voices and address their needs in creating safe cities at the Habitat III conference (17-20 October) in Quito, Ecuador. Global petition on safe cities for girls launched Plan International has launched a global petition calling on world leaders to prioritise girls’ right to safe cities as they prepare to attend a United Nations urban development meeting in Ecuador. Day of the Girl: How girls took over the world Girls showed they have the power to change the world by taking over the positions of over 250 leading figures in a global action to mark the International Day of the Girl.