Teenagers in over 50 countries stepped into the shoes of ministers, CEOs and mayors for a day to mark International Day of the Girl Child.
Teenage girls across the world became government ministers, mayors and chief executives for a day on Tuesday in a global campaign to push for greater gender equality.
They staged the mock takeover in more than 50 countries - including Thailand, Bangladesh and Canada - as political and business figures stepped aside to let the girls take charge of issues affecting them, from child marriage to child labour.
'You're being left a messy world' says UN DG Michael Moller 'Yes, but it's going forward too' says Jennie. #GirlsTakeover #DayoftheGirl pic.twitter.com/FcJJt8xWoV— Plan UN Geneva (@PlanUNGeneva) October 10, 2016
Zambia's Ng'andu was in a high level panel @PlanUNGeneva that discussed #EndChildMarriage at the #DayoftheGirl #GirlsTakeover pic.twitter.com/8YSF2mTca0— PlanZambia (@PlanZambia) October 11, 2016
"The takeover is a great statement of girls' power and their ability to change the world," said Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, head of children's charity Plan International, which organised the campaign to mark the International Day of the Girl Child.
"It also serves as a reminder to governments how millions of girls are held back and denied an equal chance in life just because they are girls," she added in a statement.
Say hello to youth activist Aminah, from #Uganda! From 2pm BST she'll be taking over the #Instagram account of @melindagates! #GirlsTakeover pic.twitter.com/EbbVmCe8R0— Plan International (@PlanGlobal) October 11, 2016
Neema, our Intern has assumed the role of DFID Tanzania Human Investment Team Leader for today marking #GirlsTakeOver pic.twitter.com/w2nr4AboZ1— UK in Tanzania (@UKinTanzania) October 11, 2016
What would the world look like if girls were equal to boys? asks CEO @ABAlbrectsen on #DayoftheGirl. https://t.co/3pS6xxEF1i #GirlsTakeover pic.twitter.com/l9AM8lOE7j— Plan International (@PlanGlobal) October 11, 2016
Women head only 14 of 194 governments globally. Less than 4 percent of the world's 500 top corporations are led by women, according to Plan International, citing discrimination as a reason why women are left behind.
Today, Loveness from Zambia will take over Plan International's very own CEO, @ABAlbrectsen! https://t.co/kBymvpHNCc #GirlsTakeover #IDG2016 pic.twitter.com/LZ9LL7iqFz— Plan International (@PlanGlobal) October 11, 2016
In Indonesia, 17-year-old Nur Annisa was named as the "manpower minister" for the day after she beat 600 other high school students who competed for the post in the campaign.
Our CEO @ABAlbrectsen is being taken over today by amazing Loveness from Zambia for #DayoftheGirl #GirlsTakeover #IDG2016 @PlanGlobal pic.twitter.com/VMyx2jC6SF— Plan UN Geneva (@PlanUNGeneva) October 11, 2016
"I am nervous but very proud," Annisa told reporters before chairing a meeting with the new line-up at the ministry made up of 10 other teenage boys and girls.
"I will lead my ministry to identify the root causes of child labour and our action plan to tackle it," she said, adding that the campaign has inspired her to become a politician.
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