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The Girl Effect

This post reminds of the awesome work Plan Canada is doing with their Because I am a Girl campaign, unleashing the power of Canadian girls - and everyone who matters to them - to claim a brighter, safer future for girls in the developing world.

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Plan Canada initiates "Girl Projects" in developing, low-income countries, working with girls, their families and communities around improving education, nutrition, sanitation etc... by donating you can help fund these initiatives. 

But the more innovative space is what they are doing with girls locally here in Canada, raising awareness of the issues and actively getting them involved in advocating, fundraising etc.

Why Girls?

70% of the one billion people living in extreme poverty are women and girls

- Girls are 3x more likely to be malnourished than boys.

- In the poorest countries, 50% of girls do not attend secondary school.

Girls and women in the world's poorest countries are the most vulnerable members of society, denied the same rights and opportunities of boys...

"And yet research is also clear that 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 UN Secretary General



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It's amazing that in spite of these facts, women achieve so much in many of our societies. And of course it's a shame for all of us boys to tolerate and do so little about it. There should be an NGO made up just of boys fighting for girls' rights.

Have you seen this campaign?

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you should start one ;) thanks for sharing