Millions of girls born around the world face life-threatening disadvantages including malnutrition, lack of education, violence, and sexual abuse because they were born girls. Plan, a group that works to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of deprived children in developing countries has launched the “Because I’m A Girl” campaign to fight gender inequality, promote girls’ rights and lift millions of girls out of poverty.
“Across the world, girls face the double discrimination of their gender and age, leaving them suffering at the bottom of the social ladder. Girls are denied access to health services and education, and also face extremely high levels of violence, abuse, and harassment.”
Here are some eye-opening statistics:
- Sixty-two million girls are not in primary school
- Over 900 million girls and women are living on less than a dollar a day
- About 450 million women suffer from stunted growth as a result of being poorly fed in childhood
- Teenage girls account for nearly half of victims of sexual assault worldwide.*
- 68,000 teenage girls die from unsafe abortions every year
- About 140 million girls have undergone female genital cutting and two million are subjected to it every year.
- 62% more young women are living with HIV/AIDS than men
- Two thirds of teenagers newly infected with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa are female*
Please watch the Because I’m A Girl video and sign the petition asking President Obama to support three simple actions that will change the lives of girls around the world:
- Require birth registration, which will protect girls from early marriage, child labor, and enable them to vote and get jobs;
- Ensure that girls benefit as much as boys from aid money given to education in developing countries; and
- Help create a procedure that would enable girls and boys to voice complaints against their governments.