In the developing world, girls are the key to unlocking the potential towards empowering thier communities…
Plan International’s Because I am a Girl initiative is a social movement to unleash the power of girls and women to claim a brighter future for girls in the developing world.
Change the World – Start with a Girl! We believe:
- Girls have the right to be educated.
- Girls have the right to eat.
- Girls have the right to healthcare.
- Girls have the right to be treated with respect.
- Girls have the right to be safe.
- Girls have the right to pursue their dreams.
- Girls have the right to the same opportunities as their brothers
The girl issue is real, and it’s affecting girls and women around the world – but what is it? This is your starting point for exploration. Learn not only about the plight that girls face, but also about the incredible power girls and women have to change the future for everyone. Girls and women are making real change around the world and here in Canada to break the cycle of poverty in the developing world.
Did you know?
- 70% of the one billion people living in extreme poverty are women and girls.
- Girls are 3x more likely to be malnourished than boys.
- In the poorest countries of the world, 50% of girls do not attend secondary school.
Girls and women in the world’s poorest countries are the most vulnerable members of society, denied the same rights and opportunities as their brothers.
The power of girls
“And yet research is also clear that when girls reach their full potential, through improved status, better health care, and education, it is the most effective development tool for society as a whole. As a country’s primary enrolment rate for girls increases, so too does its gross domestic product per capita.” – Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General
Investing in girls is key to eliminating poverty and creating a brighter, safer future for everyone. When girls are educated, healthy and informed, they pull themselves, their children and their communities out of poverty. The most vulnerable are potentially the most powerful. Empower a girl – she’ll change the world for everyone around her.
As a Canadian, you’ve got the power to make a difference for girls’ futures in the developing world. Help us change the world for – and through – girls and women everywhere. There are so many ways you can be part of the growing social movement. Girls are the answer – and so are you.
Small actions drive big change: We can make a big impact with small models that center around the very theme that drive philanthropy; for example, Anna and her Pink LemondeAID Stand – Pink LemonAid is an easy and fun way to get involved and raise awareness and donations for Because I am a Girl.
For more information on Plan Canada & Because I am a Girl,
please visit: http://becauseiamagirl.ca/page.aspx?pid=3884
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