Because I am a Girl

What we do

100 Million Reasons to Act for Girls

Plan International has a bold new ambition:Together, we are taking action so that 100 million girls can Learn, Lead, Decide and Thrive.

We will work with all children, our partners and supporters over the next 5 years to help 100 million girls transform their lives.

Learn

So that vulnerable children have the skills they need to succeed in life and work, we are working to ensure:

  • Governments invest in more children completing secondary education;
  • Children, especially girls, in conflict and emergency settings are educated in safety;
  • Young people have the knowledge and opportunities to earn and manage money.

Hanin’s Story: Hanin, 14, fled Syria to seek safety in Egypt. “Everything changed in my life after I left Syria,” she says. “I miss my brother and sister, my home and my friends.” We are providing classes and school materials for refugee children like Hanin who have missed out on school due  to conflict. Hanin wants to become a doctor someday.

 

Lead

So that vulnerable and excluded children have the power to take action on issues that matter to them, we are working to ensure: 

  • Children and young people have a stronger voice;
  • Decision-makers build ways for them to voice their opinions;
  • Governments establish and enforce laws that advance their rights.

Christiana’s Story: Christiana lives in Sierra Leone and was forced into a marriage when she was 16. She managed to get divorced four months later and joined Plan International’s Girl Power project, advocating girls’ rights and promoting the dangers of child marriage, teenage pregnancies and sexual violence in schools. “I advocate for my friends because I do not want anyone to experience the same difficulties that I went through,” she said. “I pray to our government to stop these bad behaviours.”

 

Decide

So that children and young people, especially girls, have control over their own lives and bodies, we are working to ensure:

  • Communities eliminate harmful practices like child marriage and female genital mutilation;
  • Governments act for adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights;
  • Young people have access to quality sexual health services and sex education;
  • Young people play an active role in preventing sexual violence in emergencies.

Mayra’s Story: Mayra’s voice helped cut through old arguments supporting child marriage in Guatemala. The legal age for marriage in her country is now 18. “When I heard that they had approved the new law, I felt so much happiness because I had helped make it happen. I collected signatures and was part of the team that brought about the change. I felt so proud.”

 

Thrive

So that children and young people, especially girls, grow up cared for and free from violence and fear, we are working to ensure:

  • They receive the care they need to be healthy, educated and protected;
  • Governments and communities work together to end violence;
  • Governments prevent and respond to violence against children.

Larice’s Story: “Girls are more vulnerable in my community. You can’t walk alone or you might get attacked like my sister did,” says Larice, 18, from Sao Luis, north-east Brazil. But she is so determined that the threat on the streets will not stop her from going to school. “I learn a lot and I take part in activities and projects run by Plan International Brazil. I’m even part of the Girls Leadership Project, where I am speaking out about violence against girls and women and fighting for equality. I always feel safe when I get to school.”

 

Results for Children

We will work to transform the lives of vulnerable girls and boys, but girls are disproportionately disadvantaged compared to boys, whether in education, health, work or family life. By challenging the root causes of inequalities we will achieve large-scale changes, because gender equality will secure a better world for all children.

100 Million Reasons to Act

Girls have the power to change the world, but at current rates of change, it will take decades for girls and boys to be treated as equals. There are so many more girls we can work with to secure their rights and achieve their dreams. Working with our partners, young people and supporters, Plan International is scaling up our global efforts to achieve equality for girls.

Together, we will achieve something amazing by 2022.

Global Goal

Sustainable Development Goal 5Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

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