What if you didn't know when your birthday was? What if your government didn't know you existed? What if you weren't counted at all? Counting means a lot of things but mostly "I count" means "I matter."
Riya Singh is a girl leader based in San Francisco who is committed to supporting girls' leadership around the world. Riya has worked as a teen advisor for GirlUp, where she raises funds and support for girls in developing countries.
On this International Women's Day, I am optimistic about the future for women and girls. One reason is that no matter where I go, I see them demanding information and opportunities that are key to improving the lives of their families.