10/09/2013 04:04 pm ET

8 Girls Who Dream Big For International Day Of The Girl 2013

In honor of International Day Of The Girl this Friday, here are the faces of eight young women from around the world whose dreams for the future will inspire you.

The beautiful photo series was commissioned by The Girl Effect (a movement created by the Nike Foundation) as part of their declaration for the United Nations to prioritize young women in their goals to fight global poverty. The argument? More then 260 million girls live in extreme poverty, and studies show that girls can be key drivers of development for their families and communities.

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The Girl Effect: Quotes From Awesome Young Women Around The World