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16-year old acid attack survivor Sonali, modelling at ActionAid's Survivors' Runway fashion show on Tuesday 10 Oct 2017

Today is International Day of the Girl, a day to celebrate girls, listen to their voices, and raise awareness of what holds them back. One of the biggest human rights abuses girls face around the world is violence. 1 in 3 women face violence in their lifetime - for many this is during childhood. Kate from Girlguiding shares her experience of last night's Survivors' Runway - a fashion show fronted by eight acid attack survivors from Bangladesh, standing #WithWomenSurvivors to end violence against women and girls.

Meeting a new generation of leaders on Day of the Girl

Dorcas Erskine, our Director of Policy, Advocacy and Programmes, met girls for a mentorship session on the London Eye as part of Women Of The World's celebration of the Day of the Girl. She describes meeting inspiring young girls, why she thinks mentorship is important, and what she wanted to be when she grew up. 

12-year old Beauty is just one of the hundreds of girls supported though education by ActionAid in Bangladesh.

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. 

Sathi setting off to school in the morning from her home in Jamalpur district in Bangladesh.

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.

Katie showing her support for Goal 5 of the #GlobalGoals for Development - gender equality.

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.

Mia taking photos with her camera - one of her favourite hobbies.

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.