Seventh Day of Action: Finish the Phrase Because I am a Girl

Day 7:

We’d like you to do something for us. If you are a girl, complete the following phrase: “Because I am a Girl…”

What did you come up with? Tell us in a comment below. But before you do that, carry on reading. We have something important to tell you.

201203-NER-190-scrWe know that many females feel blessed to be born a girl. We learn about these positive feelings on television and read about women’s stories in magazines around the world. Girls and women today in many countries are empowered and feel they hold an equal position to boys and men at school and in the workplace. But that’s not always the case.

When we ask girls within our Plan programmes to complete this same sentence, their answers aren’t so positive. Many of them are not allowed to play outside with their brothers, walk alone to the shops, and in some cases, not allowed to go to school. Many are told to stay at home to do housework for the family and to marry young – sometimes to men much, much older than them.

Advancing girls’ rights 

At Plan, our 76-year history has shown us that, worldwide, no-one bears the brunt of poverty more than girls. Every day, young girls are being denied an education, forced into marriage and subjected to violence. Yet, girls hold the power to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty.

Plan’s Because I am a Girl campaign recognizes that with education and support, girls can transform their lives and be a powerful force for change.

While much progress has been made in advancing girls’ rights, much more needs to be done. That’s why Plan is calling for urgent action to ensure all girls and boys receive at least nine years of quality education.


Erase obstacles to girls’ education

On 11 October, the International Day of the Girl, Plan will display life-size erasable walls in some of the world’s most prominent cities, from London to New York. The giant walls, which show girls forced to work in a factory, can be erased to transform their future to reveal our vision for girls everywhere.

If you’re not near a life-size erasable billboard, you still have the opportunity to make a difference and help us erase the obstacles to girls’ education. Take action by erasing part of Plan’s online erasable wall before 11 October.

Erasable wall web buttonAs part of Plan’s website takeover, please spread the word on Facebook and Twitter by using the #transformherfuture hashtag and posting the following message to your networks:

Help erase barriers towards girls getting a quality education #transformherfuture #IDG2013 #bcimagirl

Thank you for helping to erase obstacles to girls’ education!

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10 thoughts on “Seventh Day of Action: Finish the Phrase Because I am a Girl

  1. Winifred Doherty

    Here under are comments from girls in Nolawi Services, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    Because I am a Girl…(Tshay,)
    I can do great things … I have potential and a bright future … I will overcome any obstacle

    Because I am a Girl…(Webalem,)
    I will work hard to attain goal in life … I fight for my dreams … I empower other girls around me-learning from others and my experiences

    Because I am a Girl…(Selam,)
    I can achieve my way in life … I have the power to change the world around me … I have great insight and understanding..

    Because I am a Girl…(Mulu,)
    I can be active in my village through education … I will teach my daughters the value that girls should have in society

    Because I am a Girl…
    I can be strong and compassionate at the same time … I have the capacity to care …I will help the people around me and help myself.

    Thanks to Ferew, Hana and Mimi for holding discussion on the Seventh Day of Action in preparation for the International Day of the Girl on October 11. Translation and internet services are always a challenge! Well done!

  2. Abby Manning

    Because I am a girl, I can flourish in the face of adversity, for my compassion, inclusiveness, and kindness will overcome any obstacle that blocks the growth of equality.

  3. Abby Manning

    Because I am a girl I can flourish in the face of adversity, for my compassion, inclusiveness, and kindness will overcome any obstacle the blocks the growth of equality.

  4. Rebecca Gaynier

    Because I am a girl, I can lift other girls around me up unlike adults, teachers, coaches or parents. Because I am a girl, other girls care about what I say and do. When I work hard to achieve my goals, I can set an example for other girls just like me. Because I am a girl, I can change the world.