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Day 7 – Girls Takeover

To mark this years International Day of the Girl on 11 October, we are setting up girl takeovers in places of power and spaces where girls' voices aren't usually heard. We want to highlight the might of girls and their right to a voice on issues that influence them. More than 150 #GirlsTakeover events are taking place across the globe to demonstrate girls’ strength, power and ability to change the world.

To mark this years International Day of the Girl on 11 October, we are setting up girl takeovers in places of power and spaces where girls’ voices aren’t usually heard. We want to highlight the might of girls and their right to a voice on issues that influence them.
More than 150 #GirlsTakeover events are taking place across the globe to demonstrate girls’ strength, power and ability to change the world.

Day 7: Girls must count and be counted
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Girls worldwide are stepping into the shoes of presidents, mayors, head teachers, business leaders and more this International Day of the Girl on 11 October to demand a fair world where girls and boys have equal opportunities.

Girls failed in disasters, reveals State of the World’s Girls report

BIAAG_report cover_2013-scrGirls are “invisible” to aid workers and their needs are frequently ignored in emergencies, reveals the latest edition of Plan’s annual State of the World’s Girls reports – launched today on the International Day of the Girl.

In Double Jeopardy investigates what happens to adolescent girls in disasters and how to better protect their rights and well-being. Girls have particular needs for protection, healthcare and education, which are not being met, or even recognized, by governments and humanitarians in emergencies.

The research shows that girls are more likely to be pulled out of schools during emergencies – and least likely to return after. It also shows girls are given less food when it is scarce, and are more vulnerable to violence, rape, and HIV infection.

Disasters and emergencies also increase the likelihood that they will be forced into childhood marriage, domestic work, or transactional sex as ‘coping strategies’.

Forced into danger
Plan Chief Executive Officer Nigel Chapman said: “Emergencies have an immediate traumatic impact but prolonged humanitarian crises also have a lasting effect for young women which shape the rest of their lives – bringing an abrupt end to their education and forcing them into poor and ill-informed decisions like early marriage, dangerous work and sex work. We must pay more attention to the risks they face.”

Primary research found that since the Haitian earthquake there has been an alarming rise in women involved in selling sex, including adolescent girls who are exploited in the streets and establishments of Jimani, on the Dominican border.

In Haiti pregnancy rates in refugee camps were 3 times higher than the average urban rate. Pregnancy among 15 to 19 year olds is already a leading cause of death.

Listen to girls
The report says donors, governments, decision makers and the humanitarian community must start listening to what girls have to say and allow them to play a role in disaster reduction planning, if they are to begin understanding the differing needs of girls in emergencies.

“I want someone who I can go to if there are problems. We should be able to tell our government that we need help, that we need shelter, food, jobs, school, places to wash privately. I want a way that I can be heard,” said Sheila, 16, from the Philippines.

Read In Double Jeopardy: Adolescent Girls in Disasters here: plan-international.org/girls/2013report.php