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Because I am a Girl: I Can Change the World

Format: Paperback
Status: In Print
Grade Levels: 4; 5; 6; 7;
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Because when a girl is given her basic human rights she can lift herself - and everyone around her - out of poverty.

Rosemary McCarney, President and CEO of Plan International Canada, has followed up her popular picture book Every Day is Malala Day with a book for middle-grade readers, also inspired by her international development work. Working with Plan, Rosemary helped craft its Because I am a Girl global initiative to end gender inequality, promote girls' rights, and lift millions of girls out of poverty, and helped lead the charge for the United Nations to declare October 11th the "International Day of the Girl" - a day each year to recognize and advocate for girls' rights globally.

This book illustrates the Because I am a Girl call to change by telling the stories of individual girls throughout the world. They tell us: "Because I am a girl, I eat if there is food left over when everyone is done" and "I am the poorest of the poor." The later stories are about hope, with chapters like "Because I am a girl, I will share what I know" and " I am the heart of my community" and "I can change the world." Illustrated with Plan's amazing photographs and including "Did You Know" fact sections.


Read about:
Lucy, an orphan in Zimbabwe, who struggles to find enough food for herself and her sister; Kathryn, from South Sudan, who teaches the younger children in the refugee camp where she lives; Farwa, who was destined to become a child bride in Pakistan; Fahmeeda, a Youth Ambassador from Canada, who works to protect the rights of women and children around the world; and four more.

"Because I am a Girl allows middle-grade students to meet many other girls who have faced incredible obstacles to work for change and education and a promising future." — Midwest Book Review, November 2014

"This beautifully photographed book should adorn the shelves of every classroom and library and should be shared with children in the junior and middle grades throughout the world to increase awareness of the Because I am a Girl movement.— Canadian Children's Book News, February 2015

Additional Information
96 pages | 7.50" x 9.00"