Because I am a Girl

What we do


"Because I am a Girl" Report

As part of its campaign, Plan is producing the most comprehensive series of reports ever published. This research focuses on a group of 130 largely randomly selected girls from 9 countries from birth until their ninth birthday in 2015, coinciding with the target date of the United Nations' eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This report shows why millions of girls and young women around the world are being condemned to a life of inequality and poverty, throughout their childhood, adolescence and as young women.

State of the World’s Girls Reports

Because I am a Girl: The State Of The World’s Girls is a series of nine reports from Plan International examining the rights and needs of girls throughout their childhood, adolescence and as young women – and how they are uniquely placed to break the cycles of intergenerational poverty gripping many people in developing countries.

First published in 2007, the reports will be released each year in the run up to 2015, the target year for the Millennium Development Goals.

As part of the report series, researchers from Plan are following a group of 135 girls from nine countries around the world from birth until their ninth birthday. Their stories help illuminate the decisions and choices families worldwide face as their daughters grow up, and are a vivid reminder that the facts and figures contained in each report are about real people – real girls and their families.

Case Study

Let’s go out from our world to see what a girl from a different country is facing.

The Daily Diary of Sheena, 12 years old, living in a slum in Mumbai