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Against the backdrop of the silhouetted Cairo skyline and the iconic Citadel lit in green, yellow and pink, hundreds gathered to celebrate the first ever International Day of the Girl and the launch of the Because I Am A Girl campaign on Thursday 11th October 2012. The Pyramids were also lit in pink during the celebration. A large number of the eventâÃÂÃÂs participants were women and girls from around Egypt where Plan holds its projects.

Face-paintinging along with colourful clowns on stilts were also a major attraction for the children. A number of bands, including a traditional Zar performance, led by a magnetic lead chanter, performed at the event. Other performances included an all girlsâÃÂàoud performance from students of the House of Oud taught by famous oudist, Iraqi-born Nassir Shamma, the contemporary Egyptian band Ana Masri and Egyptian rap band FBI.