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Today, we celebrate girls around the world! Oct. 11 marks “International Day of the Girl.” As President Barack Obama noted in a recent proclamation, the day recognizes “our obligation to lift up women and girls at home and abroad” and to “build a world where girls feel safe and empowered in their classrooms, their communities and their homes.”

The United Nations General Assembly’s “UN Women” points out that the 1.1 billion girls around the world are a “powerful constituency” for shaping a world that’s better for everyone.

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But there are many issues — like child marriage — that are preventing girls from living their best lives.

The theme of this year’s International Day of the Girl is “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement.” It’s a call to action for better investment and analyzing girl-focused data. The hope is by recognizing and closing the gaps in data and knowledge about what girls need, young women will be empowered to truly run the world.

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