In support ofBecause I am a Girl Presentation: The GIRL ISSUE
The GIRL ISSUE is real, and it’s affecting girls and women around the world – but what is it? The The Girl Effect, courtesy of The Nike Foundation
The POWER and PLIGHT of GIRLSThere’s an urgent need to stand up for the rights of millions of girls around the world who face barriers to survival and development, simply because they’re girls.
“I never understand why boys and girls are not equal to each other. In rural areas elders thinkthat girls are born to give birth and to marry and for cleaning the house. Girls who live in rural areas…are not sent to school. Their parents are not aware of the changing world yet.” - Girl, 15, Turkey Because I am a Girl: State of the World’s Girls Report (2007)
Plan’s Because I am a Girl Reports The State of the World‟s Girls is a nine part series examining the development of girls aroundthe world. Over time, these reports will build a picture of how gender affects the lives of girls around the world.
The PLIGHT of GIRLSDiscrimination against young girls and women remains deeply entrenched and widely tolerated around the world. Seventy percent of the 1.5 billion people living on $1.25 a day or less are female.
Time Girl NOT in School Girl in School Boy in School6 AM Rises, bathes, prays Sweeps compound, fetches water, washes dishes7 AM Rises, bathes, prays, revises lessons9 AM Cooks lunch Goes to School9:30 AM Takes lunch to mother on the In school farm, works on farm2 PM Working on farm School day ends, lunch in School day ends, lunch in school, school, extra studies plays football6 PM Working on farm Takes food to mother on Fetches water, bathes farm, helps her7 PM Returns home, cooks dinner Cooks dinner, bathes study/ play8 PM Dinner, washes dishes Dinner, washes dishes8- 11 PM Various (rests, plays, talks to Goes to teacher for extra studies friends, more housework)12 AM Goes to sleepDaily timetable from Gambia, Because I am a Girl :The State of the World‟s GirlsReport (2007)
The POWER of GIRLSDespite the obstacles girls face, they have a unique power to uplift not only themselves, but everyone around them.
“When girls reach their full potential, through improved status, better health care,and education, it is the most effective development tool for society as a whole. As a country‟s primary enrolment rate for girls increases, so too does its gross domestic product per capita.” - Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary General
The PLAN for GIRLS• Nutrition• Clean water• Heath centres• Food security• Girl scholarships• School construction• Training opportunities• Business skills education• Entrepreneurial initiatives• Birth certificate registration
The PLAN for GIRLS: Water & SanitationA clean supply of water ensures health and hygiene.A source of safe water close to home means girls can go toschool instead of spending their time travelling to collectclean water.
“Progress in child health is unlikely to be sustained if one third of the developing world‟s children remain without access to clean drinking water and half of them are without adequate sanitary facilities.”UN Plan of Action from the World Declaration on Children
The PLAN for GIRLS: Maternal & Child HealthProvides nourishment and care for expectant mothers, and children with limited access to food and health care.
The PLAN for GIRLS: EducationMany girls stay home while their brothers go to school.Send girls to school and see their futures improve as they learn valuable skills, delaymarriage and pregnancy.
“There is no tool for development more effective than the education of girls. If we are to succeed in our efforts to build a more healthy, peaceful and equitable world, the classrooms of the world have to be full of girls as well as boys.” Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary General
The PLAN for GIRLS: Microfinance Young women will use these skills to earn higher wages to help their families and improve their communities in order to lift themselves out of poverty.
International Day of the Girl How can a single „Day‟ change all of this?The United Nations has declared October 11ththe International Day of the Girl Child.This day will create an opportunity to advocateand recognize girls’ rights globally.
YOU can Help! Join the movementVisit our website to learn all the fun and exciting ways YOU can get involved inspreading the word and standing up for girls’ rights!www.becauseiamagirl.caJoin the conversation on social media and share your thoughts!Facebook: Because I am a Girl CanadaTwitter: @biaagcanadaYouTube: BecauseIamaGirlCANBlog: blog.becauseiamagirl.ca
“All women wereonce girls, but notall girls will live tobecome women.”Powerful words from Saba, a member of theBecause I am a Girl Speaker’s Bureau, whoshared this thought with a room ofdiplomats at the United Nations, shortlybefore October 11th was declaredInternational Day of the Girl