Downton Abbey star Joanne Froggatt is the new ambassador backing our campaign to help some of the world’s poorest girls get an education.
“Having supported Plan for many years and seen their work for myself, I know what a life-saving and life-changing difference they make,” says Joanne.
“I’m really excited to become their ambassador. I’m looking forward to furthering my commitment to help raise awareness of children’s rights in the world’s poorest countries.”
The Because I am a Girl campaign aims to reach four million of the world’s poorest girls and young women with quality education.
Around the world 65 million school aged girls – more than the UK population – are reported to be missing from school. Child marriage, discrimination and violence are just some of the barriers keeping girls out of class.
“Girls and young women are hit hardest by poverty and discrimination around the world,” says Plan UK’s chief executive, Tanya Barron. “So often they are the last to eat and first to marry in the world’s poorest families.
“We’re thrilled that Joanne has become an ambassador to help millions of girls around the world. Joanne has supported us for many years and knows our work well through visiting our projects overseas and sponsoring a child.”
Day of the girl
Joanne’s ambassadorship comes just ahead of this year’s International Day of the Girl on October 11, a day campaigned for by Plan to highlight girls’ rights. Plan will be hosting a number of events on the day, including a World Wide Walk for schoolgirls and the unveiling of a giant erasable billboard in Trafalgar Square.
“This campaign and projects it supports help millions of girls get the education and support they need to move themselves and their communities out of poverty,” says Joanne.
“It includes campaigning against practices such as early and forced marriage, female circumcision and violence against women. I’m looking forward to contributing to that work in a small but important way.”