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Monuments illuminated in pink colour to support Plan’s ‘Because I am a Girl’

New Delhi, 11th October 2012: Plan India is celebrating the first International day of Girl child & the ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign by illuminating leading monuments in Delhi and Hyderabad in pink colour.  The monuments that are illuminated in Pink on Oct 11, 2012 are Qutub Minar, Purana Quila, Humayun’s Tomb , and Char Minar. Children from various Plan India communities visited the pink lit Qutub Minar and celebrated the Day.

This is a part of the global initiative of Plan wherein the leading structures such as Niagara Falls, Canada, Empire State Building, New York, USA, London Eye, UK, ‘Mermaid’, Copenhagen, Denmark & Sony Center, Berlin, Germany would also be illuminated in Pink to mark the day.

A historic milestone for girls' rights was reached when the United Nations recently declared October 11thas the International Day of the Girl Child. Plan led the global advocacy efforts for this special day to influence global leaders and all duty bearers to ensure effective implementation of programs & policies promoting equal rights and opportunities for girls. Globally Plan is celebrating the resolution to spread the message to ensure its commitment to girls’ rights. Through the illumination of the key monuments, Plan India aims to send out a nation-wide message that all of us need to join hands together to support the cause and the campaign.

Bhagyashri Dengle, Plan India’s Executive Director said, “The illumination of landmark monuments is a symbolic nationwide call for all to join hands together to support girls’ rights.  A girl in India faces barriers at every stage of her life including violations of her right to get access to quality education, proper healthcare, and protection from abuse & exploitation. Plan’s ‘Because I am a Girl Campaign is committed towards galvanizing action to ensure every girl is able to realize her full potential.”

The illumination of the key monuments and buildings across India and the globe is a symbolic sign to Plan’s commitment in ensuring equal rights to girl child. Through this initiative Plan would like to create mass awareness & attention to the challenges she faces at every stage of her life cycle including violations of her right to get access to quality education, proper healthcare, and protection from abuse & exploitation.

About Plan India

Plan India is an Indian NGO working to improve the lives of disadvantaged children, their families and communities through an approach that puts children at the centre of community development. Since 1979, we have been working with our partners to help children access their rights to proper healthcare, basic education, and healthy environment, protection from abuse and exploitation and participation in decisions that affect their lives. We encourage children to express their views and be actively involved in improving their communities. Plan India currently works in 11 states in India, across 5000 communities and has touched the lives of over a million children.

About Because I am a Girl Campaign

'Because I am a Girl’ is Plan India’s campaign to promote girls' 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 (i.e. local, national and international) with the assistance of a number of partners.

As part of the campaign, every year Plan releases research report on State of the Girl Child with a focused theme. In year 2009, 2010, 2011 the reports focused on the theme State of girl child in India, ‘Girls in a changing Landscape: Urban and Digital Frontiers’ and Engaging Men and Boys towards Gender Equality”.

This year report “Learning for Life” focuses on “Equipping, enabling and empowering girls of all ages to acquire the assets, skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in life.

 

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