Because I am a Girl | Plan International Skip to main content

Because I am a Girl

Challenging negative social norms and attitudes to achieve equality for girls.

Our research shows that girls continue to be the single most excluded group in the world.

They face discrimination and abuse simply for being young and female.

Girls and young women are often denied their right to education, to engage actively and equally in society, to take important decisions about their futures and bodies, to justice and equal opportunities and to protection from gender based violence.

A movement for girls' rights

Yet we know that investing in girls has the potential to transform the lives of entire communities and countries. For example, every year of schooling increases a girl’s individual earning power by 10 to 20 percent, while the return on secondary education is even higher.

We therefore advocate for greater attention to be paid to the specific rights and needs of girls in EU external action in both development and humanitarian interventions. 

Find out more about our work to help build a girls' rights movement at EU-level.