Zamira Malsagova, founder and society president of Plan St Andrews provides the latest on the new society, which raises money and awareness for the international children’s charity Plan and their recent campaign ‘Because I am a  girl’.



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Plan is an international organisation that focuses on promoting and protecting rights of children in more than 50 developing countries across Asia, Africa and the Americas. The charity was founded over 75 years ago and is now known as one of the world’s oldest and largest child development organisations.

Plan’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign began shortly after Plan’s published report in May 2007 focused on the state of girls around the world. The campaign aims towards the prioritisation of girls’ education, the abolition of forced child marriages and FGM (female genital mutilation) practices and the ending gender-based violence in schools, as well as empowering girls and boys around the world to participate in decision-making and the inspiring those in power to take action.

Here in St Andrews, our group of students came together to support Plan’s campaign, raise student awareness and fundraise for this great cause. As the founder and society president of Plan St Andrews, my reasons for setting up such a society were clear. I’ve always been an avid supporter and advocate of girls’ rights all around the world. Although St Andrews has an enormous amount of student-led charities that concentrate on different humanitarian issues, surprisingly none of them focused specifically on Plan’s Girls’ campaign. I personally find Plan to be one of the world’s greatest charity organisations, and so I thought of starting a student charity to promote their campaign within St Andrews and raise funds for Plan’s project.


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Some of the Plan St Andrews: ‘Because I am a Girl’ team baking (left) and selling (right) delicious treats to raise money for the campaign.


We just had our first bake sale, and I’m happy to say that it went extremely well. We are planning to hold a number of larger-scale events before the end of the semester and intend to offer formal society membership very soon. If anyone wants to get involved in volunteering and helping out with the upcoming events, please like our society Facebook page at, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions!



Zamira Malsagova


Photo credit: Plan St Andrews


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