Because I am a Girl is Plan International’s global campaign to create a world that values girls, promotes girls' rights and ends injustice. We are committed to driving a global movement that transforms power relations so girls everywhere can learn, lead, decide and thrive.
The Because I am a Girl campaign empowers girls and boys to become agents of change. Putting children’s voices at the centre of the social movement is a core belief that underpins Plan International’s work and our desire to create lasting change.
Girls' rights and gender equality
Girls continue to be amongst the most excluded and discriminated people in the world. Education is a key human right, but at least 1 in 5 adolescent girls around the world is denied their right to an education by the daily realities of poverty, conflict and discrimination. Every day, girls are taken out of school and forced into work or marriage where they risk isolation and abuse. Missing out on school can mark the end of a girl being able to choose her own future.
Through our ongoing and extensive studies and via our report series, The State of the World’s Girls, our research identified and substantially documented eight barriers that stand in the way of gender equality:
- lack of early learning foundations
- poor nutrition
- burden of domestic work
- economic insecurity
- early marriage
- poor sexual and reproductive health rights
- violence in and around schools
- poor treatment by teachers, the curriculum and school environment.
The solutions to these barriers work at three core levels of change: with girls and boys, households and communities, and policies and laws.
This isn’t fair or right. Through the Because I am a Girl campaign, we have led the call for girls’ rights to be recognised as human rights. The only way to achieve this is through the power of quality education.
Promoting the rights of girls
An educated girl is more likely to marry later and have fewer, healthier children
Our research demonstrates the transformative power of education. An educated girl is more likely to marry later and have fewer, healthier children. She will have a better chance of staying healthy and remaining alive. Children born to mothers over the age of 18 are much more likely to survive than those born to younger mothers.
For each year a girl stays in school, her income will rise by 10-20%. With opportunities to earn a living, she will pull herself out of poverty, and bring her family and community with her. She will invest what she earns in her children’s health, education, and futures. An educated girl will grow up to gain her rightful place in society and be a force for change, raising the status of girls and women.
We believe that girls’ education and gender equality are central to achieving long-term change. We have a vision of a world that values girls, promotes their rights and ends injustice. We strive to achieve this by collaborating with children, communities, civil society, governments and other partners to implement long-term programmes that target the root causes of inequality.
By implementing innovative programmes, and engaging in strategic advocacy, the Because I am a Girl campaign is committed to ensuring that all girls can learn, lead, decide and thrive.