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Published on September 11th, 2012 | by Cindy


Because I Am A Girl: Because It’s An Awesome Idea

What is Because I Am A Girl?

Many of us have heard of it and seen ads for Because I Am A Girl (BIAAG). Yet, a lot of us don’t exactly know what it does. You may know that it’s a group trying to make the world a better place. But how?

The first thing you need to know is that Because I Am A Girl is an initiative of Plan Canada, a not-for-profit, independent development agency that helps people in more than 65 countries.  Plan’s mission is to end global poverty.

Investing in girls is key to eliminating poverty and creating a brighter, safer future for everyone. When girls are educated, healthy and informed, they pull themselves, their children and their communities out of poverty.– Because I Am A Girl

In many countries, people struggle to pay for food, shelter and clothing-the things we all need to survive. According to Plan Canada, roughly 1.4 billion people live on $1.25 or less a day. That can’t even cover the cost of a fro-yo! You know what’s even crazier about that statistic? Seventy percent of those people are female. This means that girls have fewer chances than boys to be healthy, safe and follow their dreams. BIAAG wants to make the world a better place for girls.

hailey-girls-rights-ruby-skye-piIf you want to learn more about girl’s rights, Because I Am A Girl has a quiz that tests what you know about the issues girls and women in the developing world face. Some of the answers are shocking.  Girls are three times as likely to be malnourished as their brothers! In the developing world, a family with little food will feed the men and boys first!

Almost 25 percent of girls living in developing countries don’t go to school. But for every year a girls spends in school, her lifetime income goes up 10-20 percent.

Because I Am A Girl believes that the best to end poverty and improve the lives of everyone in the developing world is to help girls: feed them, keep them safe and give them an education. They know that when safe, educated, healthy girls and women will help the people around them.

Here’s another happier statistic: when a country starts educating its girls, the country actually gets wealthier.

…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 head of the United Nations

BIAAG has a brilliant plan for making the world a better place for women and girls — they’ve asked girls everywhere to help.  Getting girls involved in helping other girls is what makes BIAAG so unique and promising. Girls everywhere are raising money to help BIIAG help girls in need.

The team who make Ruby Skye P.I. are raising money for BIAAG and raising awareness about their great work.  We hope you’ll join us.

P.S. Boys can help too!

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About the Author

Cindy Basha was born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador in 1989. After having finished her joint degree in History and Political Science in 2011, Cindy moved to Toronto, Ontario to study Television Writing and Production at Humber College. She graduated in 2012 and began her career as a writer.

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