Because I am a Girl

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No society can thrive when half the population is unable to reach their full potential.

Yet in 2017, girls and young women throughout the world continue to be denied the same rights as boys and men. As a result, millions of girls are unable to access education, make important life decisions, and feel safe from gender-based violence and harassment.
In order to be equal we must ensure all girls are seen, heard and counted. That’s why Plan International is leading a global movement to highlight issues of gender inequality, and create a world where girls everywhere have the opportunity to learn, lead, decide and thrive.


Girls take part in BIAAG - Uganda

You can help make change

Make a change in the world for girls. Sign up to receive updates and information about how you can continue to advocate for girls rights.

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Stand with brave girls in Uganda

"While I was at school I saw first-hand many girls having to drop out as they became pregnant. By the time I left primary school at the age of 13, ten of my classmates were already pregnant. I realised, if a woman is not informed, she is not empowered. I knew I had to do something.
– Sophie, young campaigner

In Uganda today, 1 in 4 teenage girls are either pregnant or already mothers. Pregnant teenage girls are sometimes banned from attending school and are not allowed to return once they have given birth. Girls and young people in Uganda don’t have the information and services needed to protect themselves against teenage pregnancy and make informed decisions about their bodies and their future.

Sophie and young campaigners have already achieved something huge and put the issue on the government’s agenda. In four weeks’ time, she will be delivering our petition to the National Parliament demanding they invest in sexual health education and services in Uganda for young people. But she needs your help! Stand with Sophie and other fellow young campaigners so girls in Uganda have control over their bodies and future.

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Free To Be - BIAAG

Free To Be

Your stories can help shape our city.

Free to Be is a campaign where young women across Melbourne can share their experiences of the city – and have those experiences heard by the people behind Melbourne city.

We're joining girls and young women across the globe demanding cities where they feel included, safe, and welcome. All girls have the right to feel #FreeToBe.

For the first time in history, there are more people living in cities than in rural areas. Each month, 5 million people move to cities in developing countries.

Because I am a Girl is working with girls in 5 cities around the world (Cairo, Egypt; Delhi, India; Hanoi, Vietnam; Kampala, Uganda and Lima, Peru) to transform cities into places of inclusion, tolerance and opportunity where girls can thrive.

The Free to Be mapping tool is now closed to submissions. Over 1300 people shared their experiences to help to make the city a better place for young women.

The information will now be shared with the people who make decisions about how the city runs, such as Melbourne City Council, Victoria Police, public transport officials, bar owners, policy makers, engineers and architects.

Sign up to the Because I Am A Girl campaign to stay up to date with the campaign.

Read the stories from other young people in Melbourne.

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Free To Be - BIAAG

Make for good

Joining forces with Etsy for a second year, the Make for Good initiative harnesses the creative talent of local designers in support of Plan International's Because I am a Girl campaign.

The collection features carefully crafted items such as one-of-a-kind jewellery, bespoke artwork, unique homewares and stationery.

With a minimum of 20 of sales donated, last year the joint venture raised an incredible $30,000, helping hundreds of girls and young women in some of the world’s poorest communities to learn new skills for a brighter future.

You can help support girls everywhere to learn, lead, decide and thrive. Shop the #makeforgood collection today.

Shop the collection

Etsy - Make for Good

YAS KWEEN: Girls on Screen Podcast


Presented as part of Hey Girl, this panel discussion, hosted by comedian Judith Lucy, will look at girls on screen in a special evening dedicated to dissecting some of the funniest and fetchest pop-culture favourites. Featuring Mel Campbell, Jessica Knight, Billie Tumarkin and Candy Bowers this conversation is suited to girls, anyone who was once a girl and anybody who knows a girl. It’s hard to know whether to cheer or groan at the success of Lena Dunham’s hit TV show Girls. On one hand, it’s encouraging to see real, imperfect female bodies on screen. On the other hand, it’s depressing that such images are still revolutionary. ‘There's people who don't want to see bodies like mine, or bodies like their own bodies,’ Dunham has said. Girls is just one show that has inspired some fiery debates about female representation and diversity in popular culture. Our panel – comprising some of the smartest young women we know – will also respond to clips from Broad City, Freaks & Geeks, The Katering Show, Puberty Blues and, of course, Mean Girls. Can we see ourselves in these characters? Who is left out in representations of girls on screen? What power do these representations hold over our imaginations? And could there ever be a show about girls as gross as The Inbetweeners?