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Every day, millions of girls are fighting to go to school. Girls like 14-year-old Syrian refugee Rawan, who protested an unwanted marriage. Moroccan medical student Naceem, who defies beliefs that girls can’t be doctors. And 16-year-old Aashma in Nepal, who rows a boat each morning to get to class.
Girls like you know the challenges you’re up against — from conflict and poverty to early marriage and gender discrimination. But you also know your strength.
Ahead of International Day of the Girl tomorrow, this special issue honours the strength of one of the many girls fighting for her education: 15-year-old Nigerian student Aisha Mustapha.
Displaced by Boko Haram and unable to pay her tuition fees, Aisha struggled to go to school. In a short graphic novel, Aisha writes about fleeing from gunshots and bomb blasts, being separated from her mother and how it felt to finally return to the classroom.
The world might recognise girls on one day of the year, but in Assembly, we celebrate your strength and determination every day.