October 2013: Glowing pink landmarks, giant erasable walls and Plan events across the world marked this year’s International Day of the Girl.
Huge thanks to everyone who took part and joined us in calling on world leaders to prioritise girls’ education.
Globally, 65 million girls are out of school – held back from accessing their right to education by poverty, violence and discrimination. Not only is this unjust, it’s a huge waste of potential with serious global consequences.
To mark the big day in 2013, Plan’s Because I am a Girl campaign for girls' education lit up some of the world's most famous landmarks in bright pink.
In New York, a Plan delegation of girls from Burkina Faso, Egypt and Nepal joined our global campaign ambassador, actress Freida Pinto, to illuminate the Empire State Building.
Erase it for girls
Giant Plan eraseable billboards also surfaced across the world for Day of the Girl – displaying the plight of girls being forced to work in a factory instead of going to school.
Thousands of people in New York, London, Amsterdam, Bern and Melbourne took up our invitation to ‘erase it for girls’ – picking up an eraser and rubbing out the image to reveal a fresco of girls learning in school.
State of the World’s Girls report
Plan released the 2013 edition of its State of the World’s Girls report series on the International Day of the Girl. This year's report focuses on adolescent girls and their experiences in disasters.