The unstoppable movement for girls’ rights!

Collage of smiling girls.When the Because I am a Girl initiative launched globally in 2012, we set out to change the lives of 4 million girls in developing countries around the world. Today, we’ve surpassed that goal and reached almost 5 million – empowering girls with the opportunities to learn, lead, decide and thrive!

With the support of passionate champions and advocates for gender equality, here in Canada and around the world, we directly helped millions of girls and women go to school, gain economic empowerment, and participate in communities that respect and protect their rights.

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Spreading girls’ empowerment far and wide

Last year alone, 583 Because I am a Girl projects across the globe benefited nearly 2 million girls through programming on girls’ education, child marriage, gender-based violence (including female genital mutilation), protection during emergencies, and so much more.

Three girls smiling.Ensuring girls have access to the resources and support they need to reach their full potential means getting local leaders and entire communities on board. That’s why Because I am a Girl’s work also focuses on changing local mindsets, beliefs and cultural norms that result in gender inequalities.

We believe ending gender inequality is possible, and we know that boys and men are our allies in this effort!

We believe ending gender inequality is possible, and we know that boys and men are our allies in this effort! Empowering girls and women is only part of the solution – Because I am a Girl also engages boys and men in programs that encourage them to redefine their understanding of masculinity, recognize and champion the benefits of gender equality, and stand up for the rights of their mothers, sisters, wives, and daughters.

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A girl smiling.

Plan’s Because I am a Girl initiative helped change 40 laws and policies to better protect girls’ rights around the world last year.

Building on the momentum

With international leaders committed and signed on to support the United Nation’s new set of global goals, the world truly stands a chance at making real, sustainable changes within a generation. All of the goals include targets addressing girls’ and women’s empowerment, with Goal 5 of these 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) focused specifically on ending gender inequalities.

Not only has there been an undeniable push for gender equality across the international development sector, but the growing movement for girls’ and women’s rights can be seen right here at home, in business, tech, film and other industries too.

We envision a world that values girls, promotes their rights, and ends injustices.

Seeing more girls and women speak out, and more boys and men stand up for equal rights, has us all cheering because it means we’re not alone in this effort! Ending gender inequality matters to you – it matters to us all.

Together through your support of Because I am a Girl, Plan International will continue to make girls’ rights a priority within our work, and bring it to the forefront of international discussions because we envision a world that values girls, promotes their rights, and ends injustices.


Stand up for girls’ rights

If you believe girls’ rights are human rights, then join us in spreading empowerment and opportunities to even more girls around the world! Get involved with Because I am a Girl and stay connected with us on social media. Be a part of this movement to end gender inequality!