Fighting Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage at the Girl Summit

Because I am a Girl Global Ambassador Freida Pinto will attend the summit in the United Kingdom.

15‐year‐old Maimouna is helping to
end child marriage in her region as
an active member of the Plan-
supported Girls Making Media Club

Plan International USA proudly supports this year’s Girl Summit.

Aimed at combatting female genital mutilation (FGM) and early child marriage, the event is hosted by the British Government and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). It will be attended by international film star Freida Pinto, Plan International’s Because I am a Girl global ambassador.

“I’ve seen first-hand the devastating impact child marriage can have on young girls,” says Freida. “This summit is an opportunity to shine a light on violence against girls globally and to rally support for the fight to end it.”

Plan, a global leader in the fight to end FGM and child marriage, will also have a presence at a related satellite event in Washington D.C. The event, set for that same day, will be hosted by the Center for Global Development, in conjunction with Girls Not Brides USA and the Coalition for Adolescent Girls.

Because I am a Girl Program Director Judithe Registre will moderate a panel including Ann Warner of the International Center for Research on Women, Antonia Kirkland of Equality Now, and Jeanne Smoot of the Tahirih Justice Center. The topic will be “Sharing that Works.”

By working directly with the people who matter and who can make a difference, Plan is raising awareness and supporting change from within: from those in the community, such as young people, to community leaders, to heads of governments.

Take a look at some ways Plan is combatting FGM and child marriage: