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Around the world, girls are driving change. They are activists and advocates on the front lines of movements for social and racial equality. They are calling for urgent climate action and demanding space at decision-making tables in their communities, countries and beyond.

The theme for this year’s International Day of the Girl, “My voice, our equal future”, is highlighting how girls everywhere are leading the way in creating the world we all want and deserve. Girls – their rights, voices, talent and dreams – are the foundation of the world we want.

Here are just eight girls who are changing the world that you should know about.

Julieta Martinez, Chile

Julieta Martinez, Chile – UN Women

Julieta Martinez,is a 17-year-old climate and gender equity activist who founded an organization to empower girls and young people. The Tremendas Collaborative Platform works to encourage young people’s social impact within their communities. It engaged young people in major global and community issues including the environment, inclusion, gender, health and welfare and education. Julieta is also a member of UN Women’s Generation Equality Youth Task Force, which places youth in the centre of dialogues and review process during the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most comprehensive international agreement on women’s rights and gender equality.

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Girls to Know: The Next Generation is Already Leading the Way

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