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A new campaign has been launched by the charity Plan UK called Because I am a Girl.

Girls around the world are getting a raw deal. In some countries, a girl is seen as a burden and female babies are killed as soon as they are born. If a girl is lucky enough to survive, she is likely to be given less to eat than her brothers. She is more likely to be kept out of school.

Plan launched the Because I am a Girl campaign to make sure girls around the world have the same opportunities as boys. We believe that by making sure girls go to school and receive a good quality education, we can break the cycle of poverty and discrimination affecting many communities.

An extra year of primary school boosts girls’ wages by 10 to 20 percent, benefitting their communities, their families and eventually their children.

Help us strengthen our call by signing our pledge today

Plan UK will be launching a series of reports on the state of the world’s girls in September 2009.

[Edited to add: Oops, I just realised this campaign has been running since 2007! But it’s still a good one…]

(I found this via Feminist Webs.)