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Girl Issues

  • Globally, 130 million girls are not in school.
  • About 12 million girls get married under the age of 18 every year – means every 3 seconds 1 girl gets married.
  • 1 in 3 women experience physical or sexual violence.
  • At least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and 44 million of them are below 14 years old.

In addition to poverty, girls in the developing world face unique barriers that keep them from achieving their full potential. Learn more about these barriers and about what Plan International is dong to create a brighter future for girls.

Child Marriage

About 12 million girls get married under the age of 18 every year – means every 3 seconds 1 girl gets married. They are being robbed of their childhood and future and their lives are miserable…

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Gender Based Violence

Globally, 1 in 3 women experience physical or sexual violence. Violence against women and girls is still widespread and is an issue that must be addressed…

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

At least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and 44 million of them are below 14 years old. FGM is a violation of girls’ rights and must be stopped…

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What You Can Do

Girls can change the world, but they can’t do it without your help!

If you care about girls’ rights, please support our Because I am a Girl movement by sponsoring a girl or donating to Girls Fund to make a real difference in the lives of girls around the world!

Sponsor a Girl

Donate to Girls Fund