About Because I am a Girl

Because I am a Girl is a global movement driven by Plan International to transform power relations so girls everywhere can Learn, Lead, Decide and Thrive.


All girls have the right to quality, safe education and access to lifelong learning.


All girls and young women have the right to take part fully in the political life of their community and country.


All girls have a right to decide if and when to marry or start a family.


All girls have a right to reach their full potential and to realise their personal ambitions.


Why Girls? 

Our ongoing research shows that many girls in the developing world face double discrimination because of their gender and age, leaving them to languish at the bottom of the social ladder. They are often denied access to health services and education, and succumb to violence, abuse, and harassment. Working with our partners, young people and supporters, we pledged to promote girls’ voices and visibility, influence major policy outcomes based on their priorities and drive investments in their futures.


Girls' Power

  • For every extra year a girl stays in school, her future income can increase by 10-20%
  • When a girl in the developing world receives 7 years of education, she marries 4 years later and has 2.2 fewer, healthier children
  • Globally, if all women completed primary education, there would be 66% fewer maternal deaths
  • If women played an identical role in labour markets to that of men, as much as US$ 28 trillion could be added to global annual GDP by 2025
The world is waking up to both the plight and the power of girls. The time for realizing girls’ right has finally come!

Because I am a Girl Report

Counting the Invisible – Using Data to Transform the Lives of Girls and Women by 2030

In many countries, the data we need on girls and women doesn’t exist yet, or is imcomplete. For example, we don’t know the number of girls who leave school due to different reasons. We can’t close the gender gap without first closing the data gap. We are creating an independent data tracker with different partners. The tracker will measure progress for girls and women and help ensure governments deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals’ promises of equlity by 2030.

The vision is simple: a world in which improved gender data inform the decisions and investments that can transform the lives of girls and women by 2030.

Throughout, we will raise our woices on issues that matter and amplify the voices of girls and women – presenting ‘data with a soul’ by revealing first-hand insights into the barriers girls and women face and their experiences with overcoming these barriers.