Because I am a Girl

  • Overview

    'Because I Am A Girl' (BIAAG) is a global initiative of Plan

  • Our Goals

    Girls enrol and complete quality primary and secondary education

  • Our Commitment to Girls

    Plan India is committed to work in underprivileged communities

  • Key statistics

    Sex ratio in the 0-6 years age group has fallen to an all time low

  • BIAAG Education

    Women in India have two sides to them

  • Empower girls today

    Investing in girls delivers a higher return than any other investment

Overview

'Because I Am A Girl' (BIAAG) is a global initiative of Plan to promote girls' rights and lift them out of poverty. It is geared towards equipping, enabling and engaging girls of all ages to acquire the assets, skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in life. Plan India is attempting to initiate change at a number of levels (i.e. local, national and international) with the assistance of a number of partners.

December 19, 2011 - A historic milestone for girls' rights was reached as the UN General Assembly formally declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child. Plan globally helped lead the call for this commemorative day as part of the 'Because I am a Girl' (BIAAG) initiative.

Our Goals

Girls enrol and complete quality primary and secondary education in a safe and supportive community environment and acquire the skills they need to access decent economic opportunities.

Girls have time and space to become active citizens and develop safe social networks and life skills.

Our Commitment to Girls

Plan India is committed to working in underprivileged communities to ensure that during 2011-2015:

  • 3,40,000 girls remain in schools and have access to quality education
  • 1,00,000 girls complete secondary school through School Improvement Programmes
  • 10,000 girls are directly supported to complete their secondary education
  • 50,000 girls receive market oriented vocational training to increase their opportunities to gain employment

Plan will continue to bring out an annual report on the State of the Girl Child. Plan India works in partnership with girls, boys, their families, communities and government institutions to realise its goal in achieving gender equality and girls' empowerment and rights.

Key statistics

  • Sex ratio in the 0-6 years age group has fallen to an all time low of 914 girls to 1,000 boys.
  • One in three girls die in the first year of life
  • Two out of five girls are malnourished and every second adolescent girl is anaemic
  • Seven out of ten girls drop out of schools before they reach grade 10
  • Six out of ten girls are child brides and four out of ten have their first child before they are 18 years
  • India ranks 113 out of 135 countries as per World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report 2011

Sources: Census 2011 report, NFHS-III, State of the World's Children, 2012 UNICEF

BIAAG Education

Women in India have two sides to them - they are worshipped in the form of Goddesses on one side, while on the other, they face exploitation, discrimination and even threat to their survival. Working towards their development and empowerment will improve their lives and that of their families, communities and nations at large.

The 'Because I Am A Girl' campaign, initiated by Plan International and being implemented by Plan India, is a step in this direction to prioritise girls' rights as the salient issue in the coming decades and girls' education is foremost to achieve the campaign objectives.

Supporting a 'BIAAG' education project will ensure quality education to girls by supporting their schooling, including school supplies and enable them to complete 8 years of quality education.

Empower girls today

Investing in girls delivers a higher return than any other investment made in a country's development. There are many ways you can get involved. Plan's 'Because I Am A Girl' campaign encourages you to support our existing girl-centred initiatives or if you desire, work with us to develop new projects.