Plan International – Because I Am a Girl Campaign

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Most of my time is spent doing two things: building Hatch Coding, and spending time with my family. It’s very important to me that I raise my sons to be active, engaged, and caring citizens.

We live in a time of change. The work of Max Roser and Hans Rosling highlights the fact that around the world, people today enjoy a quality of life that is higher than it’s ever been before. Science and technology have been instrumental in making this a reality. Since the beginning of the 1st Industrial Revolution, science and technology have served to shrink the economic differences separating women and men. Yet, today, for the first time in history, there is a risk that women’s economic well-being will not be advanced by the 4th Industrial Revolution — the industrial revolution that began sometime in the 1970s or 1980s.

This is why I support organizations and initiatives such as Plan International’s Because I Am a Girl.

Recently the Because I Am a Girl campaign — an international movement dedicated to ensuring that girls everywhere have the opportunity to learn, lead, and thrive — announced the New Urban Agenda, adopted by UN members in Quito, Ecuador. The adoption of the agenda marks the first time that world leaders have recognized girls as an individual group needing protection.

Plan International campaigned for the agenda in several cities around the world and sent out a petition requesting government improvement of city safety for girls. The petition was signed by thousands of people in more than 90 countries.

Although the New Urban Agenda has been adopted in only one area so far, the Because I Am a Girl campaign is committed to expanding the agenda around the world. According to Plan International, more than half of the entire population of the world lives in cities, and more than 20 million girls move to these urban areas every year. Yet there still are high rates of violence against women within cities.

The New Urban Agenda addresses these issues, attempting to ensure that girls’ safety, access to public spaces, and ability to move freely in cities is improved. The agenda also calls for girls to be actively involved in their urban governments.

Peter Kuperman