Bangladesh: Minority Hindu girls raise their hands
Plan International's Because I am a Girl campaign launches globally on the first ever International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October 2012.
Girls themselves were crucial in the global movement to establish the Day of the Girl, and through their stories, ideas and views Plan came to believe that a day for girls would:
- bring global focus to the widespread denial of basic rights to girls, and the ‘invisibility’ of girls in the global development agenda; while there has long been an International Women's Day and an International Day of the Child, neither of these days recognise the unique challenges for girls as the most marginalised and discriminated group.
- help to make girls and their rights more visible. Girls can bring about social change that benefits not only themselves, but their families, communities and entire societies as well. Ensuring girls feel respected and valued in society is the first step to breaking down discriminatory barriers.
- help to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Gender equality must begin with girls. It is fundamental to reducing poverty and to prevent suffering in developing economies and to create a just world.
- enable girls to gain an equal position in society; this is not only the right of girls and a moral duty, but essential to breaking poverty.
Plan International’s Because I am a Girl initiative is a social movement to unleash the power of girls and women to claim a brighter future for girls in the developing world, with a particular emphasis on ending child marriage. This campaign is particularly relevant for girls from the minority Hindu community in Bangladesh, who face discrimination because of their religion and culture, and also because of their gender.
Photo: Girls from the Hindu community raise their hands Plan International's Because I am a Girl global campaign
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