Happy International Day Of The Girl 2013 - 9 Girls Who Dream Big

Friday, October 11, 2013

In honor of International Day Of The Girl , here are the faces of young women from around the world whose dreams for the future will inspire you.
The beautiful photo series was commissioned by The Girl Effect (a movement created by the Nike Foundation) as part of their declaration for the United Nations to prioritize young women in their goals to fight global poverty. The argument? More then 260 million girls live in extreme poverty, and studies show that girls can be key drivers of development for their families and communities.
Malala Yousafzai, 16 ,Pakistan
TIME Magazine Cover, April 29 / May 6, 2013

1 year ago this week, Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl, was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman. Malala was targeted because she advocated openly for the right of girls to go to school. 
In Malala’s words, “We should not wait for someone else to come and raise our voice. We should do it by ourselves. We should believe in ourselves. Yes, we can do it. One day you will see that all the girls will be powerful; All the girls will be going to school. And it is possible only by our struggle; only when we raise our voice.” Malala is a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. She deserves it ! 


Anam, 17, Pakistan
"I want to abolish negative discrimination, because we girls and women are not inferior to anybody else. I want to move forward."

Tirunesh, 13, Ethiopia

“I want to become a pediatrician and help orphan children go to school.
Yahaya, 12, Nigeria
“I want the road leading to my village to be repaired because the current drains cause mosquitoes to reach our house.”
“I wish to be a doctor and I also wish to see girls living a good life in my community.”

Debora, 13, Brazil

“I wish violence of all kinds - muggings, exploitation, etc. - would decrease. And that they would put an end to drugs.”

“I wish that our parents will put a stop to encouraging us into early marriage.”

Maica, 10, Philippines

“My dream is to become an air stewardess so that I can go to different countries, so that I can help my mum with the household expenses.”
Rukhsar, 14, India

“I want to be a police officer to put an end to all the atrocities on women. I will help lots of people financially and I will make my parents proud."

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