On the eve of the 7th official International Day of the Girl, Plan International and leading youth activists from around the globe hosted the 2nd annual Global Girls' Summit in Brussels, Belgium, 2018's global capital city for Day of the Girl celebrations.
The artist, Instagram poet and author Cleo Wade spoke at the summit, saying: "It is critical that we empower girls, because when we do so, we open their eyes to just how worthy and capable they are of becoming world-changing women.”
Girls' Summit: what happened on the day
The event brought together 500 of the world’s leading change-makers in the arts, business, government, entrepreneurship, science, sport and media to celebrate the potential of girls and call for urgent action to support girls’ power everywhere.
Among the speakers were: Adriene Mishler, Cleo Wade, Refinery29's Piera Gelardi, presenter Miquita Oliver and author and activist Chidera Eggerue.
Check back soon for videos of our top speakers in action.
Girls Get Equal Global Launch
The 2018 Global Girls' Summit also saw the launch of the world's biggest, girl-led global campaign for gender equality.
It was attended by the 10 inspirational global campaigners who helped design it.
Girls everywhere are undervalued, undermined and underestimated. But they're calling time on inequality.
Find out how they intend to do it.
Girls equipped with tools to transform their lives
The 2018 Global Girls' Summit saw activists and campaigners come together to connect, inspire, discuss girls' rights and problem-solve global girls' issues.
2018 summit speaker, the global yoga vlogger and entrepreneur Adriene Mishler's aim was to provide girls with tools to transform their own lives.
"For me, it’s beyond important that every girl in every single part of the world understand that they are capable and powerful beyond measure. It is also important that we consider the role of the girl and support all young women in all efforts to learn the tools for a whole, healthy and happy life. Struggle is real but happiness is our birthright."
Read Adriene's advice for young activists: "It's a graceful fight."
Global Day of Action: #GirlsTakeover
2018 also saw our most successful #GirlsTakeover action to date.
Over 1000 girls in 70+ countries made headlines by sharing the roles of global leaders, including the Vice President of Uganda, National Assembly of Ecuador, Parliament of Senegal, Prime Minister of Timor Leste, BBC Africa, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, and many more!
Take a look at the highlights: