'Day of the Girl' highlights lack of education rights worldwide
THE eye-catching 'Because I am a Girl' campaign is going international in a bid to promote girls' rights in the developing world.
Children's charity Plan Ireland confirmed it was staging the first International Day of the Girl today to highlight the difficulties young girls face in trying to access education in many regions.
The campaign was announced as doctors operated to save the life of a 14-year-old girl, Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Pakistani Taliban after she campaigned for girls' rights and education.
The latest figures show 101 million children of primary school age are not receiving any education -- this includes 53 million girls.
MTV presenter and 'Because I am a Girl' ambassador Laura Whitmore will reveal startling facts on girls' education today as she launches Plan Ireland's latest 'The State of the World's Girls Report'.