What started as a campaign to show global support for the empowerment of girls by the NGO Plan International soon grew into something much bigger—the official recognition of International Day of the Girl Child (11 October 2012) by the United Nations last year. This day will mark a moment when the international spotlight will be turned on girls, drawing attention to the inequalities they face and the innovative solutions they are employing to make a difference.

During the days leading up to the first ever International Day of the Girl, we will share five personal stories,which illustrate that as communities become empowered through human rights-based education, their ability to empower girls amplifies. These inspirational stories will be featured here on the blog in a series called Spotlight on Girls.

We invite you to share these girls’ success stories with your friends and family and, in turn, join the movement to empower girls!

Look out for our first story tomorrow: six-year-old Aissata Ba shares her passion for education and the support she feels from her community in The Gambia.