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Tripti is 16 and lives in Rajshahi district in Bangladesh. Discrimination against girls is widespread in her community, but despite this Tripti and her family are standing up for gender equality. As part of our celebration of the International Day of the Girl we asked Tripti and her mother to share her successes at school, and their hopes for girls in the future. 

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Determined to stay in school: Sathi, 15, on studying in Bangladesh

Sathi – Day of the Girl guest blogger

Sathi, 15, lives in a remote village of Jamalpur district in Bangladesh and loves school and football. She now attends high school and is renowned for her determined attitude towards studying - but she missed five years of education when her parents could not afford to pay. Sathi was devastated, until an ActionAid partner stepped in and she was eventually able to resume her education. For International Day of the Girl we spoke to Sathi and her mum about the challenges she faces.

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Katie is from Edinburgh. Despite only being 15, she is already a Girlguiding Advocate, a champion for girls and much much more. As part of our celebrations for International Day of the Girl this week we asked Katie about her achievements, her ambitions, and why she cares so much about Global Goal 5 - gender equality.

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The pressure to be perfect: Mia, 15, on sexism in UK schools

Mia Saunders – Day of the Girl guest blogger

As part of our celebration of International Day of the Girl we're sharing the voices of 15-year-old girls and their mums. Read what Mia and her mum Paula, who live in Brighton, have to say about some of the difficulties facing girls in the UK right now and how they're standing up to them.

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As the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) release their big plan to tackle international tax dodging, we take a look at what this means for women and children living in developing countries and ask the most important question: will it actually work? 

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In 2015 I ran the London Marathon for ActionAid - it was a life’s ambition, something I’ve wanted to do since the very first London Marathon 35 years ago. And I wasn’t let down; the experience was amazing. I love to run, but I’m not fast and I’m not an athlete. I was aiming for a six hour finish time and to soak up the legendary atmosphere that people say will ‘carry you along’.

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