Celebrate the future generation with International Day of the Girl

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon
International Day of the Girl


Meet Khadijah, 17, your new favorite poet.

Khadijah, 17, can seem shy when you first meet her. Her voice is soft, often trailing off to a delicate whisper at the end of a sentence, and she is likely to cast her gaze downward when responding to a question.

But ask Khadijah to share her poetry and she will immediately light up. No longer shy, Khadijah will draw her shoulders back and look you directly in the eye as she speaks. She dreams of being a world-famous poet someday.

Khadijah is a part of the United Nations Joint Program for Adolescent Girls (JPAG) in Malawi. A partnership of UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO and UNESCO, the JPAG provides girls in Malawi – including Khadijah – access to education, vocational skills training, and protection from violence.

To understand how difficult it is for a girl like Khadijah to reach this level in her schooling, consider the facts: In Malawi, more than half of all girls are married by the age of 18, often requiring them to drop out of school and abandon their studies. According to UNESCO, only 28.7% of girls are enrolled in secondary school.

Today we honor Khadijah as a #GIRLHERO. In the lead up to International Day of the Girl, October 11, share your #GIRLHERO and join Girl Up's movement to light up social media feeds with stories of girl power. Learn more at GirlUp.org/GIRLHERO.

Pictures of Khadijah and her poetry:
6 PHOTOS
International Day of the Girl
See Gallery
Celebrate the future generation with International Day of the Girl
Photo: Girl Up
Photo: Girl Up
Photo: Girl Up
Photo: Girl Up
Photo: Girl Up
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION


More from AOL.com:
Young and alone: Europe sees record surge of child refugees
8 of the most touching 'coming out' videos on Youtube
Celebrating National Coming Out Day
Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners