The first International Day of the Girl Child and The Global Launch of “Because I am a Girl” Campaign

11th October 2012, the first international day of the girl child was designated
by the United Nations to encourage global action on girls’ rights. On this
occasion, PLAN International (
launched its global campaign “Because I am a Girl (BIAAG)” to ensure to millions of girls the access to education and other basic services, livelihood, participation and protection.
The event “BIIAG” was sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Canada, Finland, Peru,
Switzerland and Turkey. 

the Panel Discussion, several experts
in the field of children’s rights and education took the floor.

Ms. Alison LeClaire Christe,
Deputy Permanent Representative of Canada, and Ms. Luz Caballero, chargé d’affaires of the
Permanent Mission of Peru, welcomed the
of the first Day of the Girl Child and expressed their support to the “BIIAG”

 Ms. Subhadra Belbase, PLAN International
special adviser, introduced the work of PLAN
International and explained why girls should be the object
of this event now: girls’ rights are continuously violated worldwide, there is need to make girls and their rights more

Among the other panelists, there was: H.E. Ambassador Alezandre Fasel, Special
Representative of Switzerland to the Human Rights Council, Ms. Kyung-wha Kang,
United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Jean Zermatten, member of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, Mr.
Vernor Muñoz, Coordinator of the Ph.D. Programme on Latin-American Studies at
the National University of Costa Rica and former
Special Rapporteur on the right to education, and Ms. Marta
Santos Pais, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence
against Children. They expressed their concerns
on issues related to the violation of girls’
rights, such as:
early marriage, child labor and lack of education. In
fact, they all
highlighted the importance of education for young girls.
 Furthermore, to commemorate the first UN
International Day of Girl Child, a group of UN human rights experts submitted
joint statements. For further information, please visit: