Girls in the poorest regions of the world often face many barriers to making the choices that we take for granted.
- 66 million girls are not in school
- 1 in 7 girls in the developing world will be married before they are 15, some as young as 5 years old.
- 140 million women and girls are living with the consequences of female genital mutilation (FGM)
- 150 million girls under 18 have experienced rape or other forms of sexual violence
- Girls who give birth before the age of 15 are five times more likely to die in childbirth than women in their twenties
The power of girls
Girls hold the power to break the cycle of poverty. With education, skills and the right support, they transform their world and go on to improve the lives of those around them. It's the right and fair thing to do.
- An educated girl is more likely to marry later and have fewer, healthier children. She has a better chance of staying healthy herself
- For each year that a girl stays in school, her future income rises significantly. With more opportunities to earn a living, she can pull herself out of poverty, and her children. She will invest what she earns in their health, education, and future
- An educated girl is more likely to understand her rights and be a force for change. She will help raise the status of all girls and women
The Plan for girls
For 75 years, Plan has been protecting and promoting the rights of the most vulnerable children and young people around the world.
Over the next five years, our Because I am a Girl campaign aims to directly impact the lives of 4 million girls by:
- Working with girls directly so they have the opportunity to be at the heart of decisions that shape their lives
- Providing access to quality primary and secondary education in a safe and supportive environment
- Supporting vocational, business and life skills training
- Increasing girls’ participation and leadership in youth clubs, children’s networks, school clubs and associations
- Providing alternative sources of income or scholarships for families who might otherwise take their daughter out of school to earn an income
- Working with communities, traditional leaders and governments to grow understanding of how important girls’ rights are – both for girls and for ending poverty
Join the Plan: to give girls more choice about their future.