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A lighter moment on a serious day: the presentation of a Global Girls' Bill of Rights at the U.N. Left to right: Six of the young women who helped draft the document: Faith Nwando, 17; Djellza Pulatani, 17; Olivia Lombardo, 16; Angelica Morales, 21; Kanchan Amatya, 22; and Vishakha Agrawal, 20. Yana Paskova for NPR hide caption

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Gulalai Ismail, the Pakistani activist who fled the country after being threatened for taking a stand against sexual violence perpetrated by security forces. She was photographed in Brooklyn, where she is now seeking asylum. Tim McDonnell/NPR hide caption

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First lady Rula Ghani at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. Earlier this year, she helped free more than 190 Afghan women and girls imprisoned for failing the virginity test after reproductive rights activist Farhad Javid brought it to her attention in October. Kiana Hayeri/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Disability activists from around the world attended a seminar in Oregon. From left, Joyce Peter of Vanuatu, Sidonie Nduwimana of Burundi,, Wendy Beatriz Caishpal Jaco of El Salvador, Gina Rose Balanlay of the Philippines (standing) and Raluca Oancea of Romania. Aparna Vidyasagar for NPR hide caption

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Police detain women during a protest in front of the Supreme Court building in New Delhi in May. The demonstration was in response to Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi's exoneration in a sexual harassment case. Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images hide caption

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Jamaica's Reggae Girlz celebrate winning a penalty kick shootout against Panama to advance to this year's Women's World Cup. Richard W. Rodriguez/AP hide caption

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Underdog 'Reggae Girlz' Make History at Women's World Cup

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Helen Clark, former prime minister of New Zealand and gender equality champion, takes a selfie with attendees of the Women Deliver conference in Vancouver. Sonia Narang for NPR hide caption

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Manisha Jaisi, 16, poses at the shed outside her house where she sleeps when she has her period. Jaisi got her period two months after her neighbor, Dambara Upadhyay, died of unknown causes while sleeping in a similar shed in 2016. Jaisi says she never goes without her phone in the shed because she's scared after Upadhyay's death. Sajana Shrestha for NPR hide caption

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Why It's Hard To Ban The Menstrual Shed

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Somali American and Muslim model Halima Aden wears a burkini for Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue, sparking both praise and criticism on social media. Rich Fury/Getty Images hide caption

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Naju Dorma, 73, and Lacuo Dorma, 66, belong to the Mosuo society in China, where grandmothers head up households. They're posing in traditional garb in their village of Luoshui. Karolin Klüppel hide caption

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Melinda Gates at a panel discussion in New York in February. She is the author of a new book, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World. John Lamparski/Getty Images hide caption

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Melinda Gates On Marriage, Parenting And Why She Made Bill Drive The Kids To School

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The Jankara market in Lagos, Nigeria. A group called Market March Movement is working to end street harassment in shopping districts across the country. Frédéric Soltan/via Getty Images hide caption

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From left: Janaki Ammal (1897-1984), a botanist who developed a sweeter type of sugar cane; Amrita Sher-Gil (1913-1941), a Hungarian-Indian artist who loved painting traditional Indian customs; and Kalpana Chawla, the first woman of Indian origin to go into space. Courtesy of Anupama Alias/Kalyani Ganapathy/Dhruvi Acharya hide caption

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Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio, pictured here at a press conference in May 2018, last week declared rape and sexual violence a national emergency. Sia Kambou /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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