"Some day, they will say: this is the moment when the world woke up to my potential."
Those words are from the Girl Declaration - a rallying call to make sure girls' needs are fully reflected in the post-2015 development goals.
The rights and unique needs of adolescent girls were largely ignored in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), goals which were agreed upon by the international community to accelerate efforts to reduce global poverty. The goals will expire in 2015 and Girls Not Brides, together with our members and partners are calling for the rights and needs of girls to be at the heart of a new development agenda.
The Girl Declaration is a call to the international community to come together around a common agenda for adolescent girls. It was put together by the Girl Effect created in partnership with 25 development organisations, including Girls Not Brides.
Listen to the voices of the Girl Declaration
Most crucially, the Girl Declaration was written by girls and for girls. More than 500 girls in 14 countries across four continents were asked about their hopes and ambitions.
The Girl Declaration sets out five goals for girls around education, health, safety, economic security and citizenship. It also includes a call to end child marriage.
You too can be a champion for girls. Sign the Girl Declaration!
In his message for International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October 2013, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared his support for the Girl Declaration.
Join signatories including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Malala Yousafzai and Oprah Winfrey and show your support for the Declaration.
Sign the Girl Declaration (scroll all the way down).
Watch how the Girl Declaration was made:
In the time it has taken to read this article 18 girls under the age of 18 have been married
Each year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18
That is 23 girls every minute
Nearly 1 every 3 seconds