Every year, millions of girls across the world are at risk of FGM – Female Genital Mutilation. Also known as female genital cutting, it’s a practice dating back thousands of years, which involves the full or partial removal of a girl’s external private parts. It is mostly carried out on young girls, sometime between infancy and age 15, but has no medical or hygienic justification.
That’s quite shocking.Which is why I agreed to Plan UK with their Because I’m A Girl campaign to help eradicate FGM.
At least one in five adolescent girls around the world is denied an education by the daily realities of poverty, conflict and discrimination. Everyday, girls are taken out of school and forced into work, or married off to strangers where they risk isolation and abuse. Missing out on school can mark the end of a girl having any choice over her own future. This isn’t fair, it isn’t right and it’s also a huge waste of potential. Girls hold the power to help break the cycle of poverty. With education, skills and he right support, girls can make choices over their own future and be a huge part of creating lasting change. An educated girl is…
• less likely to marry and to have children whilst she is still a child.
• more likely to be literate, healthy and survive into adulthood, as are her children.
• more likely to reinvest her income back into her family, community and country.
Plan’s Because I am a Girl campaign aims to support four million girls to stay in education and fulfil their potential. By joining the Plan UK you can help girls transform their lives and the world around them.
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