MPs wear pink to support I'm a girl campaign

14th January 2009, Comments 0 comments

A large number of male MPs wore a pink tie on Tuesday 13 January as part of a campaign to improve the lives of children in developing countries.

AMSTERDAM -- A large number of male MPs wore a pink tie on Tuesday 13 January as part of the Because I'm a Girl campaign organised by Plan Nederland, a Dutch organisation working to improve the lives of children in developing countries. The Because I'm a Girl campaign aims to focus attention on the problems of the girls in developing countries.

The situation for girls is frequently far worse than that of boys; around 140 million girls are genitally mutilated every year and millions of girls, some as young as 12, are forced to marry against their will. Some 62 million girls still have no access to education and more than 900 million women and girls earn less than 50 euro cents per day.

Normally, parliamentary regulations forbid MPs to wear clothing promoting a cause in the lower house but Parliamentary Speaker Gerdi Verbeet said she had no objection to the pink tie campaign. MPs from across the political spectrum took part.

Radio Netherlands/ Expatica

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