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.
We 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.
Help erase barriers towards girls getting a quality education plan-international.org/eraseit #transformherfuture #IDG2013 #bcimagirl
Thank you for helping to erase obstacles to girls’ education!