Because I am a Girl

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


Because I am a Girl is Plan International’s global initiative to transform power relations so that girls everywhere learn, lead, decide and thrive.

To do this, we identify the key barriers to girls’ empowerment – 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 International 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.

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Three reasons why we focus on girls


of the world's poorest people are girls and women

1 in 3

132 million girls that should be in school but aren't

2 seconds

every 2 seconds, a girl becomes a child bride


Because I am a Girl focuses on 6 key areas – freedom from violence and fear, learning for life, teen pregnancy, economic and political empowerment for girls and young women, FGM & child marriage and girls in emergencies


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

By joining our movement, you are standing shoulder to shoulder with girls and young women across the developing world. You are investing in their futures and in their potential.


Because I am a Girl is dedicated to ensuring gender equality and upholding the rights of all girls and young women by 2030.

Plan to Eradicate FGM

Support Plan International's work to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation.

End Child Marriage

Plan International has a plan to end Child Marriage, and we need your help!

Why Girls?

Being a girl in the developing world is tough. It means you are more likely to be married off early, more likely to find yourself having a child while still a child, more likely to drop out of school, more likely to suffer from violence and abuse, to be the last to be fed, the last to be heard.

Take Action for Girls

Now more than ever, a bold new movement is needed to ensure that no girl is left behind or unable to reach her full potential.

Because I am a Girl is that movement.