We wanted to see if Christmas shoppers on Dublin’s Grafton Street would give a Lost Girl a voice.


Lost Girls

What would you do if you saw a lost girl?

 A girl alone?

We wanted to see if Christmas shoppers on Dublin’s Grafton Street would give a Lost Girl a voice.


A Social Experiment by Plan International Ireland

Over half of the world’s refugees are children.

Girls risk child marriage, violence and are denied an education in a crisis

Give #Lostgirls a voice!

One girl every two seconds is forced to get married

Every year, millions of girls across the globe are forced to marry men, sometimes two or three times their age. This causes lasting damage to girls, both physically and emotionally.

Child marriage is driven by the misconception that marriage can secure a better future for girls and ease the financial burden on families, as well as earn their daughter more respect as a married woman. This is often heightened in a crisis situation.

Out of school, girls become invisible. They are hidden at home and tasked with meeting their family’s basic needs.

Discrimination against girls starts at a young age. Many are denied the opportunity to access quality pre-primary education which is crucial if girls are to reach their potential.

Often girls are denied an education because they have to stay at home due look after their siblings, and also work in the home including cooking and collecting water.

In a refugee situation, language barrier can be a major difficulty at school and is often the reason for early drop out.

For every year of education a girl completes, her future income increases by more than 10%. 

Gender Based Violence affects 70% of women in a conflict or crisis.

Parents often remove their daughters from school during conflict for fear of gender-based violence.

Girls’ exposure to violence increases during times of crises. An ordinary task like collecting water or going to the toilet can put them at risk.


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