Thursday, September 23, 2010

Because I Am A Girl

Stand up for girls today!

‘Because I am a Girl’ is Plan’s global campaign designed to fight gender inequality, promote girls’ rights and lift millions of girls out of poverty.  Across the globe, girls are at the bottom of the social ladder, deprived of the same opportunities as boys. For example, research has shown that girls are more likely to suffer from malnutrition; be forced into an early marriage; be subjected to violence or intimidation; be trafficked, sold or coerced into the sex trade; or become infected with HIV.

The Coalition for Investment in Girls needs your help to generate support for girls all over the worldsign the petition to lobby the United Nations to recognize that investment in girls is critically important by declaring September 22 as International Day of the Girl.  Declaring this day as the International Day of the Girl will shed light on the State of the World’s Girls.

Sign the petition and tell the Australian government to declare September 22 as the National Day of the Girl. If our own government takes leadership, we’ll be one step closer to lobbying the United Nations to declare September 22 as the International Day of the Girl.

An International Day of the Girl will focus the world’s attention on the importance of girls’ rights. It will create a foundation for advocacy to ensure that girls get the investment and recognition they deserve as citizens and as powerful agents of change within their own families, communities and nations.

Lend your voice to a global movement for change advocating for the rights of girls, and a better world for all of us. Help get the Australian government on board!

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