Because I am a Girl

Because I am a Girl is a global equality movement which transforms communities in developing countries by empowering girls.


Because I am a Girl is Plan International’s global initiative to educate girls across the developing world.

To do this, we identify the key barriers to girls’ education – child marriage, forced labour, sexual violence, early pregnancy and more – and we break them. Now, we are asking you to join our mission, so that together we can construct a new vision for girls across the developing world.


Our focus through our Because I am a Girl Campaign is girls, because a girl in the developing world faces overwhelming odds from the day she’s born.


But Plan is reversing these odds and we have reached at a crucial tipping point. We are making real progress.

More girls than ever are being given the chance of education and the tide is turning. More and more of today’s mothers have seen the value of education. Fathers, communities and governments are following.


Through your support of Because I am a Girl Plan can implement projects that tackle some of the biggest challenges that girls face in developing countries. We believe supporting girls is one of the best investments we can make in the world today. Removing barriers for girls’ means, not only a better life for them, but a safer, healthier and prosperous world for us all.


Over the next four years, Because I am a Girl projects will support four million girls to get the education, skills and support they need to move themselves from poverty to opportunity.

Why Girls?

There is an urgent need to stand up for the rights of millions of girls.
In the poorest regions of the world, girls face double discrimination and unique barriers to survival and development, simply because they are young and female.

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