15 October 2012: Leading African musicians have released a pop song to celebrate and promote the global launch of Plan’s Because I am a Girl campaign.
The musicians, South Africa’s Yvonne Chaka Chaka – dubbed the ‘Princess of Africa’; African music legend Oliver Mtukudzi of Zimbabwe and the ‘Tracy Chapman of Africa’, Suzanna Owiyo from Kenya, attended the official pan-Africa Because I am a Girl launch in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 11 October 2012 - the first ever International Day of the Girl.
The ‘Because I am a Girl’ song highlights the challenges girls face across the continent, where millions of teenage girls are pushed out of school through forced or early marriage, gender-based violence and discrimination.
Through the song, the musicians hope to send a message to all generations that educating girls should be a top priority, as well as ensuring that girls are respected and protected.
Plan’s Because I am a Girl campaign aims to support millions of girls to get the education, skills and support they need to transform their lives and the world around them.