Fresco highlights issues facing girls
Politicians and celebrities helped highlight the challenges facing young girls across the world during the International Day of the Girl.
Some joined young people as a giant fresco was unveiled in Trafalgar Square in London to mark the event.
The mural, concealed behind an image which was erased by schoolgirls throughout the course of the day, aimed to raise awareness of the 65 million girls around the world who are missing out on an education. As part of Plan UK's Because I am a Girl Campaign, International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone invited members of the public and the girls to help erase the image on the giant mural to reveal a mystery illustration. The concealed picture demonstrates the charity's bid to tackle worldwide barriers to girls' education including forced childhood marriage, poverty, and violence.
In another event to celebrate International Day of the Girl, 200 London schoolgirls attended a networking event on the London Eye with successful women including singer Jessie Ware, comedian Jenny Éclair and presenter Ruby Wax.
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The UN has declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl, a moment to celebrate girls' potential and their achievements, while acknowledging the difficult challenges millions face around the world. The first International Day of the Girl took place in 2012.