Hundreds of London schoolgirls are taking part in the ‘2012 Because I Am A Girl Walk’ from the London Olympic Games site to Westminster on 28th March 2012 .
They will be fund-raising and delivering a petition to the UK government in support of our campaign, calling for the government to take urgent action to support girls to escape early and forced marriage and stay in education.
600 girls from South Hampstead High School will lead the 10km event. They will walk through the capital carrying heavy weights of water, emulating the task which faces millions of girls and women every day.
The London schoolgirls joined Plan UK’s campaign last year after learning about the serious issues facing girls their own age in poorer parts of the world. They were shocked to learn that 75 million girls around the world – more than the entire population of the UK – are out of school. Every day, girls are taken out of school, isolated from their friends, forced into work, married off to strangers and put at risk from an early pregnancy. Many will endure abuse.
In April 2011 the girls from South Hampstead High School walked from their school to Downing Street and raised over £38,000. The event attracted the support of celebrities including critically acclaimed actors Olivia Williams and Miriam Margolyes. As part of their campaigning, the girls wrote letters to members of Paliament and the House of Lords gaining the backing of dozens of MPs and peers such as Nick Smith, Brooks Newmark, Baroness Scott, Baroness Floella Benjamin, Baroness Jolly, Lord Watson, Lord Butler, Lord Chidgey and many more.