BECAUSE I AM A GIRL
Shoot Nations 2010 is addressing the challenges of an increasingly urban world to tie in with the latest report produced by Plan's Because I am a Girl campaign which highlights the raw deal that millions of girls all over the world are facing.
Adolescent girls in cities, while they may have access to better education, health and training opportunities than they would in rural areas, are often prevented from taking up these chances because they and their families are just too poor and city life can also increase their vulnerability to sexual abuse and exploitation.
Girls in the developing world are less well nourished, face daily violence and are less likely to go to school. This has a negative effect not only on individual lives but on the development of entire communities and countries.
We want to build a global picture of what urban environments mean to young people - wherever they live in the country, town or big city. Are the streets paved with gold? Or are they fraught with risk and difficulty? And how do the challenges of growing up in the city differ as a boy or a girl? The competition will also focus on the movement and impact on the people and places left behind.
The Because I am a Girl campaign aims to empower the world’s poorest girls to combat the discrimination they face everyday. We believe that educating girls is the key to enabling them to create more equal societies and break the cycle of poverty which can pass from mother to daughter.
Plan has been documenting “The State of the World’s Girls” for the last three years and will go on producing reports until 2015.
Last year’s report, Girls in the Global Economy: Adding It All Up, argued that equipping girls with the assets they need to become genuinely economically empowered is fair, it benefits them, and the communities and countries they live in. As always having, and being able to really take advantage of, a decent education, is the key.
You can help give these girls a chance. Take a minute to follow this link to ask the UK government to keep their promise made to ensure that girls benefit as much as boys from the aid money we give to education.