Save the Children celebrates the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day with videos of success stories of brave women and girls.
In many poor communities around the world, sons are considered a blessing, while daughters are viewed as a burden. Often, families marry off their daughters early — sometimes as young as 9. Then, education ends and health risks grow.
In rural Bangladesh, sons are considered a blessing, while girls are seen as a burden. They are often married off young -- ending their education and putting them and their babies at greater risk of death from complications at birth or during pregnancy. But what happens when you give girls a voice? Shilpi gained the confidence to find an alternative -- even though women in her culture are expected to stay at home. Thanks to support from the Nike Foundation, Save the Children's Girls' Voices project has given 42,000 girls in Bangladesh a chance to raise their voices.
Here's Shilpi's story.