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Plan is a global children’s charity that work with the world’s poorest children so they can move themselves from a life of poverty to a future with opportunity.
There 75 year history has shown that, worldwide girls’ face overwhelming odds from the moment they are born.
Globally, one in three girls are denied an education by the daily realities of poverty, discrimination and violence. Every day, young girls are missing from school, forced into marriage and subjected to violence.
Not only is this unjust, it’s also a huge waste of potential, but together we have the power to prevent girls from being forgotten.
The Solution –
Supporting girls’ education is one of the single best investments we can make to help end poverty. With education and the right support, girls can choose their own future and be a force to change.
A girl who has completed her education is…
- less likely to experience violence or marry and have children whilst still a child
- more likely to be literate, healthy and survive into adulthood as are her children
- more likely to reinvest her income back into her community, family and country
- more likely to understand her rights and be a force for change
The power of this is astonishing. It saves lives. It transforms futures. It will unleash the incredible potential of girls and their communities. Winning the war on poverty starts with educating girls.
What is Plan doing to help girls? –
Through their programmes on the ground, Plan is helping to ensure girls in the developing world can get the education they have a right to. Plan works to change policies and attitudes by working with girls, communities, traditional leaders, governments, global institutions and the private sector to address the barriers that prevent girls from completing their education.
Plan’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign will support four million girls to get the education, skills and support they need to move themselves from poverty to opportunity.
Following extensive campaigning by Plan’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ supporters across the world of the United Nations declared October 11th as the official ‘International Day of the Girl’ – an important focal point for action in support of girls everywhere.