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Girls around the world share their thoughts on equality

When women and girls get opportunities, communities benefit. Gender equality has profound and widespread implications for economic and social development around the world.

To mark International Day of the Girl, we found out from girls and young women why equality is important for them.

Here’s what they had to say.

“If you stay silent, people might never abandon their outdated prejudices.”

-Hai, age 17, Vietnam.

Hai standing in her ChildFund Pass it Back uniform

“Many people hesitate to speak their mind because they are worried about how other people will react. Nevertheless, if you stay silent, people might never abandon their outdated prejudices. Let’s speak up at the right time, in the right place, to protect your own rights and the rights of other girls.” – Hai, 17, Vietnam

“What boys can do, girls also can.”

– Nita, age 11, Cambodia
Nita smiling and holding a small token with a letter on it.

“I want to become a businesswomen. Women can do business like men if they have the opportunity. I want to go on to higher education and I am confident to live far away from my family while pursuing my study in the city. What boys can do, girls also can.” – Nita, 11, Cambodia

“We do not have to be dependent on others.”

– Nhi, age 11, Vietnam
nhi in vietnam sitting with a book

“I want to work on my uncle’s farm when I grow up so I can earn my living and support my uncle’s family. Women can work and we do not have to be dependent on others.” – Nhi, 11, Vietnam

“We should be able to get rid of the existence of inequality.”

– Aliya, AGE 16, Laos
Aliya smiling at the camera

“In the present day and age, we should be able to get rid of the existence of inequality in our society.” – Aliya, 16, Laos

“I want to see a woman become my village chief.”

– Rasmei, age 10, Cambodia
photo of Rasmei holding a book

“I’ve never seen female village chief. I want to see a woman become my village chief to show that women have the same capacity as men.” – Rasmei, 10, Cambodia

You can support girls

At ChildFund, we don’t believe that girls’ futures are set in stone at birth. Every girl should have the right to choose their own path, access education and live life on their own terms. 

Together, let’s empower girls and young women with the opportunities they need to succeed. If you would like to help girls in developing countries you can sponsor a girl to provide life-changing support. 

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