LONDON (TrustLaw) - The United Nations General Assembly voted on Monday to designate 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child.
The resolution represents the culmination of a two-year campaign spearheaded by International charity Plan International and sponsored by the Canadian government.
Girls in developing countries face extraordinary challenges, leading an even harder life than their male peers in many situations.
Just because of their gender they are often refused an education and sent to work - sometimes as young as 5 - to help their family earn a living.
In countries like India female newborns are not even seen as a resource but as a burden, with female foeticide still a widely common practice.
In Niger, Chad and Mali, more than 70 percent of girls are married before the age of 18, and in other countries such as Bangladesh, Mozambique and Nepal the rate is 50 percent.
Here are some YouTube videos illustrating the everyday struggles of young girls globally.