Raise your hand for girls’ education!
October 11 will be the first Day of the Girl. Plan Canada’s Because I am a Girl initiative was a big part of having this day declared, in order to draw attention to obstacles girls face as they try to claim their rights.
One issue that has a huge impact on girls is education. Around the world, millions of girls are kept out of school, just because they are girls. This is a huge violation of girls’ rights, and we know that educated girls marry later, have children later, and are more able to pull themselves and their communities out of poverty.
So this year, we are using the Day of the Girl as a chance to talk about the importance of girls’ education.
We’re working to educate 4 million girls through the Because I am a Girl initiative, but we need your help!
Around the world, a raised hand means “I want to participate!” Unfortunately, millions of girls around the world are not in classrooms, so they are unable to participate. We need you to raise YOUR hand if you believe every girl deserves an education, and tell the United Nations to put girls’ education at the top of the global agenda!
There are two easy ways you can do this!
- Raise your hand virtually on Facebook and share with your friends
- Or, if you don’t have Facebook, take a photo of yourself, your friends or your family with your hand raised in the air. Add your photo to our “Hands up for girls” Flickr page by emailing your photo to email@example.com (photos must be in JPG file format only and file size should be less than 3MB).