Standing together with Plan on International Women’s Day
news Wed 8 Mar 2017
Chelsea Football Club is proud to be supporting International Women’s Day alongside our global charity partner Plan International.
The Chelsea Ladies squad led the way by recording special messages of support, to celebrate the bravery of girls on International Women’s Day and highlight Plan’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign.
As partners, Chelsea FC and Plan International are working to help transform the lives of thousands of children through the reach and power of football. The charity works in 51 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America, providing education, healthcare and clean water.
‘It is great for the club and our squad to stand together with Plan International on International Women’s Day,’ said Chelsea Ladies captain Katie Chapman.
‘It’s important for us as women in elite sport to recognise the challenges girls and women are facing around the world, and show our support for them.’
International Women’s Day started in 1911 when more than one million women and men attended rallies to claim women’s right to vote and work.
More than a century on and we have come a long way to improve women and girls’ rights but as Plan International campaigns manager Danny Vannucchi explains, there remains a lot of hard work to be done before we end the discrimination that women and girls face every day around the world.
‘Still today, one in five adolescent girls around the world is denied their right to an education,’ he says.
‘Child marriage, pregnancy, poverty, domestic work and violence all play a role in stopping a girl from going to school. In many countries, a girl’s education is not considered as important as a boy’s and girls will often be overlooked in favour of their brothers.
‘We know that education is crucial for development and is one of the most powerful tools in breaking the cycle of poverty and gender discrimination.
‘Despite the difficulties, brave girls and women everywhere are making history and standing up for their rights. And it’s having an impact on a community, national and global level.’
Bravery lies in every small or big act that stands up for girls’ rights. But as brave as girls are they still need our support. Celebrate the bravery of girls on International Women’s Day by joining Plan’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign today.