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Global #GirlsTakeover is bigger than ever

Girls around the world raised their voices for justice and equality by taking over more than 600 positions of power to mark International Day of the Girl 2017.

Hundreds of leaders and decision makers worldwide stepped aside to let girls take charge in over 60 countries. Girls from Japan to Peru called for radical social and policy change to tear down barriers of discrimination and prejudice that continue to hold them back.

By occupying spaces and places where they are rarely seen or heard, girls and young women demanded action to find solutions to ensure all girls can learn, lead, decide and thrive.

See girls take over, demonstrating their power and potential around the world

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ECUADOR – Gabriella, 15, took to the skies as pilot of LATAM Airlines to demonstrate that all girls can aspire to become anything they want to be.

GUINEA – Aissata, 13, took over as the President of the African Union and President of Guinea to deliver of speech on the importance of girls’ rights.

VIETNAM – Y Hoa, 12, became Chairperson of her local commune to lead a mid-autumn festival.

TIMOR-LESTE – Luciana, 17, took over as village chief to lead a meeting and have the village chief sign a declaration committing to promote gender equality

CANADA – Breanne, 23, was shadowed and mentored by Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada to demonstrate that all girls belong in their dreams jobs.

NETHERLANDS – Deborah from Philippines took over as CEO of Accenture Netherlands to lead a company session and take part in personalised skill training.

BELGIUM – Ritah took over as Vice-President of the EU Commission to share her aspirations of helping Ugandan women start their own businesses.

ETHIOPIA – Selamawit became President of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation to destigmatize the involvement of girls and young women in sports.

FINLAND – Katariina, 15, joined Juha Sipilä, Prime Minister of Finland to advise him throughout the day on topics ranging from girls’ rights to climate change.

GERMANY – Luca, Paula and Awaz symbolically took over as Chancellor and Ministers of Development and Finance to ask the German Government to globally invest over one billion euros to further gender equality and girls’ education.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Sara, 12, took over as Vice President and worked with the President to sign into law a decree declaring a National Day of the Girl.

AUSTRALIA – Edie and Nazli took over the CEO of Google Australia to push for gender equity in the technology industry.

PERU – Flor became anchor of a Quechua-speaking news programme to raise the voices of indigenous girls and ask the government to invest in campaigns against violence.

SOUTH SUDAN – Aside from takeovers, girls took part in a march to make their voices heard on issues that concern them, like education and sexual abuse.

NEPAL – Girls commanded the airwaves in a staggering 300 takeovers of radio stations around the country to open discussions on discrimination and child marriage.

TOGO – These girls seized the day taking on a variety of roles from TV show directors to chairpersons highlighting their power and potential.

USA – Irlane became UN Deputy Secretary-General and discussed the importance of ensuring everyone supports girls to reach their full potential with António Guterres, UN Secretary-General.

PARAGUAY – Alejandra, 12, became President of Paraguay’s Central Bank to emphasize the importance of girls and youth economic empowerment.

MALAWI – Girls took over the Zodiak Brodcasting station where they learnt interview techniques and how to use the recording equipment.

GHANA – Girls took over various positions including Minister of Gender, doctor, teacher, First Lady and Members of Parliament. Here, the girls show their support for girls’ rights with the Minister of Gender, Madam Djaba.

SPAIN – Beatriz, 15, from Madrid and Ezelina, 23, from Malawi took over the role of Spanish judge Fernando Grande-Marlaska at the General Judiciary Council.

CAMBODIA – Sithong, Phatt, Chanky and Lina took over roles including the Minister of Education, Youth and Sport and the Prudential Head of Brand and Communications.

PAKISTAN - Sania, 19, became UN Resident Coordinator and called for further advancement of women and girls rights in a speech to UN staff.

FRANCE - Alda from Indonesia took over the role of OECD Secretary-General from Angel Gurría, using her time to discuss the importance of girls’ rights, leadership and empowerment.

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