Plan, one of the oldest and largest children’s development organizations in the world is launching a new campaign, “Because I am a Girl”, in their plight against the abuse and ill education of girls and women and the promotion of gender equality.
Why girls? Globally, 1 in 3 girls (75 million) around the world are denied an education by the daily realities of poverty, violence and discrimination. For millions of girls, reaching puberty can be the first step towards a forced marriage. 1 in 7 marries before they reach the age of 15 years old. Upon marriage, they are taken out of school, isolated from their friends and forced into marriage and motherhood when they are still children themselves.
Gender- based violence and sexual violence have been identified as significant barriers to girls moving beyond primary education. 150 million girls under 18 have experienced rape or other forms of sexual violence. Fear of violence from other pupils and even teachers prevents girls attending school. Enforcing legislation to criminalize gender-based violence will remove this barrier to girls’ education, allowing more girls to make the essential transition to secondary education.
A girl who makes it through both high quality primary and secondary education is…
…less likely to experience violence or marry and have children while she is still a child.
…more likely to be literate, healthy and survive into adulthood, as are her children.
…more likely to reinvest her income back into her family, community and country.
…more likely to understand her rights and be a force for change.
How can you get involved?
Make a donation. Your donation to Plan’s girls’ fund will directly support their work to benefit girls in the world’s poorest countries.
Sponsor a girl. Please support Plan’s long-term development work by sponsoring a child in a developing country.
Raise your hand for girls. We want YOU to join us in helping educate girls worldwide by “raising your hand” and liking the Facebook campaign page and celebrating International Day of the Girl Child on October 11th, 2012.
Imperfect Women is excited about the “Because I Am A Girl Campaign” and we have decided to not only promote and support this campaign but to also sponsor a child.
How does child sponsorship work?
Your sponsorship links you with a child and family in a poor country — while your ongoing contributions make possible life-changing programs in health care, education and a better quality of life for children, their families and communities. Instead of providing direct support to one child at a time, we combine funds from sponsors around the world to help entire communities become places where children can grow to reach their potential.
Please take a moment to watch the videos below and when you are finished take a moment to raise your hand by liking the Because I Am A Girl Campaign Facebook Page.