On Oct. 11, females around the world celebrate the International Day of the Girl by uplifting girls and protecting their dreams.

On Dec. 19, 2011, United Nations General Assembly declared that Oct. 11 would be recognized as the International Day of the Girl. The United Nations placed recognized the holiday in an effort to bring attention to the challenges that girls face and to empower them to overcome those obstacles.

Each year, a theme is chosen to tackle specific issues that plague girls around the world.

“This year, under the theme, ‘My voice, our equal future,’ let’s seize the opportunity to reimagine a better world inspired by adolescent girls – energized and recognized, counted and invested in,” the UN website states.

For 2020, the UN has placed a spotlight on the demands for girls to acquire new skills that will benefit them in whatever future they choose, as well as, encouraging them to become a generation of activists that advocate for social change.

This year’s theme will also focus on the need for girls to live in environments that are free from gender-based violence, harmful practices, and AIDS/HIV.

The 2020 celebration of the girl-themed holiday also marks 25 years since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The conference acted as a progressive movement in advancing the rights and empowering girls and women around the world.

In honor of the International Day of the Girl, check some of these inspiring quotes from famous females.

“Girls should never be afraid to be smart.” –Emma Watson

“A girl should be two things: Who and what she wants.” –Coco Chanel

“I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.” –Audrey Hepburn

“I want every girl to know that her voice can change the world.” –Malala Yousafzai

“Yes, she knows pain, but she is strength. Her heart knows no other way.” –A.R. Asher

“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” –Maya Angelou

“There is nothing stronger than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself.” –Hannah Gadsby

“There’s nothing a man can do that I can’t do better and in heels.” –Ginger Rogers

“A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” –Melinda Gates

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.” –Oprah Winfrey

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” –Katherine Hepburn

Fearless girl statue
A New York City artist briefly placed a small statue of a urinating dog next to Wall Street's “Fearless Girl” sculpture as a form of counter-protest of its installation, may 30, 2017. In this photo, the 'Fearless Girl' statue stands facing the 'Charging Bull' as tourists take pictures in New York, April 12, 2017. Getty Images
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