Mariane Pearl Reflects on Launch of International Girls' Day

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I saw that country after country, despite the differences in the contexts, the power and potential that these women have, were still untapped. Just their wisdom and knowledge, resilience and determination, courage and things that are so important, if you want to undertake change.

And why did you want to shift your focus to younger women and girls?

It was a kind of a natural development. When I started working on women's issues and meeting all these people in the field, my interest developed into young people. I feel like you can't go wrong in investing in people who are going to influence the situation we have created and to do something with it. Now is a very interesting time, because the base of the change itself is faster.

To lend your support to Because I Am a Girl, Plan requests that you "raise your hand" on their Facebook page. As a visual display of awareness of their commitment to help 4 million girls by 2016, they are looking for 1 million hands raised by October 11. Go there now to raise your hand.

Amy Lieberman is Women's eNews U.N. correspondent for the United Nations. She has just returned from an extended freelance reporting stint in Colombia.

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