With an efficient and convenient transport system in Hong Kong, it is easy for students to opt for different modes of transport to go to school. However, children living in mountainous regions may have to take risky and unimaginable routes in order to receive the education that some of us may take for granted.


World Toilet Day is a United Nations observance each November 19. The subject of World Toilet Day may sound humorous to you as we are used to having access to sanitation. However, for many girls, all they wish is to have access to safe and clean toilets.


It is estimated that about 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced sexual or physical violence in their lifetime, and most of them are being abused by their parents or partners! Violence against women is a violation of human rights and many girls lose their right to receive education, work and socialize.


Each year, 15 million girls are married before the age of 18 – the equivalent of one every 2 seconds. In many developing countries, women are still perceived as inferior, and the communities fail to recognize the importance of girls’ education.


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To celebrate the United Nations’ International Day of the Girl Child on 11 Oct, Plan International Hong Kong is holding the 5th “Because I am a Girl – Donate a Pencil” campaign from 10 Oct – 22 Oct. This year, the event lasts 13 days and is held in 4 locations in Hong Kong.


Kanie Siu, CEO of Plan International Hong Kong visited some child brides in Ha Giang, Vietnam in late August. There, 44% of girls have to quit school and marry early to survive. The motivation behind is the patriarchal mindset of perceiving women as inferior. Meanwhile, the community fails to recognize the importance of girls’ education. Very often, marriages are arranged for underage girls to ease the financial burden of households.


CEO Message and Agency News 

Dear Youth Circle friends,


Plan International is one of the world’s leading development organisations specifically focusing on children, We strive for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We cordially invite students to join ‘Because I am a Girl ─ Be a Change-maker 2018’. Throughout an interactive process of ‘Learn, Lead, Decide and Thrive’ from October 2017 to May 2018, participants will take the first step towards becoming global citizens.


In 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed by the United Nations. It sets out fundamental human rights to be universally protected. According to the Declaration, all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person. Living in Hong Kong, we often take these rights for granted. However, there is a dark and evil world where people are deprived of human rights and considered as property for sale. Victims are trafficked for the purpose of forced labour, sexual exploitation, organ removal, etc.