May: Because I am a Girl Newsletter

Letter from the Editor

Because I am a Girl has been very busy this month!

A big thank you goes out to everyone who attended a Kate Nash concert during her recent tour! We are thrilled to have enthusiasts like you who show their support time and time again.

Currently the nation is acknowledging "50 Days of Action for Women and Girls," a campaign supporting policies and programs that will allow all women and girls to be healthy, empowered, educated, and safe.

This week the campaign's featured issue is ending early and forced marriage.

It's easy for you to get involved! You can simply tweet: "Girls should be students, not brides! Please support girls’ education to #endchildmarriage #usa4girls."

Thank you for raising awareness about the importance of girls. Find out other ways to engage with Because I am a Girl!


Value a Girl's Education

Can you imagine living in a community in which educating girls is thought to be a waste of time and money? In rural Ethiopia it is common to perceive girls in this way.

Fortunately, supporters like you are helping to create a brighter future for girls. Find out how.

Learn more about the Girls’ Empowerment Through Education Project, read project updates, and see what you can do to help.


Girl Rising Debuts on TV

Didn't get your chance to see the feature film Girl Rising? Don't worry; it's hitting national television in June!

That's right, the film showcasing the strength of the human spirit and the power of education will be premiering on CNN June 16th.

In the lead-up to the premiere, CNN is featuring the stories of girls involved in Plan programs in Haiti and Sierra Leone – meet Sara and Rose Matrie…and hear about their hopes and dreams!

For more information and resources on Girl Rising take a look at our 10x10 page.


Bringing Savings to Sierra Leone: Danica's Story

Danica is a 13-year-old girl from Sierra Leone. Her life has never been easy. As a youth growing up in the aftermath of war, Danica is accustomed to living amidst destruction. But not even the war could stop her from bettering her community.

Today she dedicates her time to teaching both her family and her community ways to save money. In addition, she is raising awareness about the importance of educating girls. Read the full story.


Girl News

Championing Girls' Rights: Dodzi's Story

Dodzi, an 18-year-old girl from Togo, is making a big difference in her community. She is utilizing her personal experiences to educate her community about the importance of keeping girls in school. Her next goal—to earn her bachelor's degree.


Video: Wedding Busters

See how children are playing a role to end forced or early marriage.


Gifts Dad Will Love!

 Don't know what to buy dad for Father's Day? Check out the Because I am a Girl store for gifts that will be sure to make his day!


Upcoming Dates

May 25:
Missing Children's Day

June 16:
Girl Rising on CNN