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Want to End Poverty? Invest in Education for Girls

Want to End Poverty? Invest in Education for Girls

This post is by Lisa Huynh and Maya Boritz of Plan Canada.

Celebrating International Day of the Girl

This October 11 is the International Day of the Girl, a day to advocate for girls’ rights around the world. But did you know that this is only the second time in history this day will be celebrated?

Plan Canada’s Because I am a Girl initiative successfully led a campaign to declare an International Day of the Girl. Last October 11, the world celebrated the inaugural International Day of the Girl, recognizing for the first time girls’ rights on a global scale.

Why a Day of the Girl?

Today, girls still face discrimination in many parts of the world. Too often they lose out on adequate health care, an education and a bright future simply because of their gender.

Harrowing research shows that:

  • 70 percent of the world’s 1.4 billion people living in poverty are girls and women.
  • Girls are 3 times more likely to be malnourished than boys.
  • 65 million girls are denied an education.
  • 1 in 3 girls in the developing world will be married by her 18th birthday.

Yet, when girls can claim their right to health and education and participate in society, they become a powerful force for economic development.

This is why we need the Day of the Girl. It highlights the particular needs and rights of girls and advocates for greater action and investment to enable girls to reach their full potential.

The power of girls

Girls who have completed their education are:

  • 6 times less likely to be married as children.
  • More likely to have fewer, yet healthier children.
  • More likely to reinvest their income back into their family, community and country.

The truth is that investing in and supporting girls is one of the best ways to help our global community. By ensuring girls have access to their basic human rights, we’ll help them attain the tools they need to create a better life for themselves and lift their communities and nations out of poverty.

How you can celebrate Day of the Girl

International Day of the Girl is a way to recognize these challenges and to ensure that each year a bright light is focused on the girl issue until it’s resolved. With your help, our collective global action will see that girls get the investment and tools they need to create a better life for themselves, their communities and nations. Girls can change the world, but they can’t do it without your help!

Join our celebrations on the Day of the Girl and add your support to our petition.

Founded in 1937, Plan is one of the worlds oldest and largest international development agencies, working in partnership with millions of people around the world to end global poverty. Not for profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, Plan has only one agenda: to improve the lives of children. Because I am a Girl is Plans global initiative to end gender inequality, promote girls rights and lift millions of girls – and everyone around them – out of poverty. Visit us and for more information.


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9:51PM PDT on May 16, 2014

Why would universal free education for girls be controversial?

4:28AM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

To educate a girl is as to educate a society, everyone is entitled to have an education for more civilized society in future and there will be love and peace around the globe.

6:02PM PDT on Oct 17, 2013

This world will be much better off if this happens throughout the world.

11:45AM PDT on Oct 14, 2013


4:19PM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

It is totally evil and insane to question the value of educating girls. Everyone is entitled to an education. I am so proud of America for our public school system despite how poorly we've placed in world academic competitions.

11:47AM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

of course

6:46AM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

good to know!

5:22AM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Please sign this as it will help Pakistan and as a lateral effect America:

In another country of poverty of most - Nestlé is draining Pakistan to sell America and West bottled water, just as it draining America's water to sell back to them ...and in nestle foods you buy.

3:52AM PDT on Oct 13, 2013


12:10AM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Yes education for woman is crucial in fixing our world and the various societies. But the education has to be the truth not fiction as it is today.
the first truthful element is about the role of woman in our world .They need to know they are the key and when they learn how to produce children in the correct manner without trauma and to breast feed them tll they are at least 3 years old and to instill in these children the 7 universal laws then we will see a new world tomorrow of harmony and unconditional Love without the 7 deadly sins. Its that simple but first we need to remove/control our ego if we are to achieve total bliss in our lives. We need to remove the need to control ,the need to judge and the need to be approved. this is what ego is doing to us constantly in our lives at this point in time.

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