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Because I am a Girl

Because I am a Girl

I have the right to
Learn, Lead, 
Decide, and Thrive

When given the chance, girls can change the world.

We know that when a girl realizes her rights, she can be an agent of change, both for herself and for her community and country.

Because I am a Girl is a movement driven by Plan International to transform power relations so girls everywhere can learnleaddecide, and thrive.

  • Because I am a Girl
  • Because I am a Girl
  • See the accomplishments made during Phase One of Because I am a Girl.

Our extensive research shows that girls continue to be the single most excluded group in the world. They face discrimination and abuse simply for being young and female. 

Girls are often denied their right to equal opportunity and engagement in society. Many are unable to attend school or make important decisions about their own futures and bodies, and they are far too often the victims of gender-based violence.

We believe that gender equality is central to achieving long-term change. We have a vision of a world that values girls, promotes their rights, and ends injustice.



All girls have the right to quality, safe education and access to lifelong learning. An educated girl is more likely to marry later and have fewer, healthier children. She has a better chance of staying healthy herself.


All girls and young women have the right to take part fully in the political life of their community and country. We’ll support and empower young female leaders to drive social, economic, and political change.


All girls have a right to decide if and when to marry or start a family. Ensuring girls are able to make decisions about their futures is fundamental to achieving gender equality.


Girls have a right to reach their full potential and achieve their personal ambitions. To do this, they must be able to live free from violence and discrimination and have equal economic opportunities.

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