“If I were president, I would help the most vulnerable.”

The Guardian interviewed eight girls from around the world, asking them about their hopes and dreams for the future. One girl, Ana from Peru, aspires to be a psychologist; another, Caro from Kenya, dreams of becoming a journalist. Many of the girls also revealed deep-seated desires to create positive change in society. Muskan from Pakistan promises to “wipe out terrorism” if she were to become president, while Cindy from Rwanda “would help the most vulnerable and marginalized, and people with HIV.”

Learn more about these girls via The Guardian

“When girls are empowered, we all do better. Female genital mutilation [FGM] and child marriage destroy childhoods, but supporting girls and women will boost the lives of boys and men too,” said Priyanka Chopra, Indian actress and singer. She is lending her voice to urge others to take a stand to end FGM and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) within a generation. 

It is estimated that more than 700 million women worldwide were married as children, and more than 130 million girls and women have been cut in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where FGM is concentrated.

These practices violate the fundamental rights of girls and women, and hold back social and economic development, leaving girls at higher risk of dying from pregnancy-related causes, and contribute to a cycle of poverty.

Read more via The Guardian.