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Letting the caged birds sing

Because I am a Girl (BIAAG) is a global initiative of Plan to promote girl’s 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 (local, national and international) with the assistance of a number of partners.

An historic milestone for girl’s rights was reached on December 19, 2011 – 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 initiative. Plan India’s BIAAG goal is that girls enroll and complete quality primary and secondary education in a safe and supportive community environment and acquires 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. Plan India 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 and communities and government institutions to realise its goal in achieving gender equality and girl’s empowerment and rights.

The BIAAG Urban Programme or Safer Cities is a joint programme developed in partnership between Plan, Women in Cities International, and UN-HABITAT. The over arching goal of the programme is to build safe, accountable, and inclusive cities with and for adolescent girls in all their diversity.

Let Girls Be Born is one of the flagship projects of Plan India which endeavours to empower the community against gender based sex selective elimination and ensure the right of girls to equality, identity, survival and citizenship.
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