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The State of the World's Girls 2008: In the Shadow of War


Because I am a Girl: The State of the World's Girls 2008 – Special Focus: In the Shadow of War

Because I am a Girl: The State of the World's Girls 2008 is the second in a series of reports published by Plan International examining the rights of girls throughout their childhood, adolescence and as young women.

The 2008 report, subtitled ‘In the Shadow of War’, examines the state of girls in conflict situations around the world and looks at what happens to them before, during and after war is over. It makes recommendations for change at international, national and local levels.

It is aimed at all those who have a duty of care for young women – particularly those in power who have the responsibility to ensure that girls survive, are protected, can realise their potential, and are able to participate in decisions made about their lives. Nearly every country in the world has agreed that girls should have these rights by ratifying the Convention on the Rights of the Child and yet they continue to be ignored and deprived of their rights on a daily basis, especially, but not only, in conflict situations.