Bold, brave, smart, sporty and she speaks out against injustice (including unfair bedtimes). That's my nine-year-old daughter. On International Day of the Girl Child, our hope is that all girls will have the freedom to speak out.
Personal examples and research show that everyone benefits when girls receive quality education. At the individual level, a girl's wages can increase as much as 20 percent with each additional year of primary education she receives.
Today we can focus on the demanding global issues of our time, like the fact that only 30 percent of girls in the world are enrolled in secondary school and one in seven girls in developing countries are married off before the age of 15.
Research shows that when girls in the developing world have access to education and are therefore able to earn a living, they move their families, and often their entire communities, out of poverty. This ripple effect is called "The Girl Effect."
The oppression of women and girls used to be a fringe issue. This week at the U.N., the 60-year-old institution has taken the health and human rights of women and girls to the center of the conversation.
Following Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's six-game suspension over sexual assault allegations, women's rights advocates have questioned Nike's continued support of Roethlisberger.