Stunning photos show what makes it a girls' world
THEIR faces are compellingly beautiful, though on first glimpse they appear to have little in common.
What could Emily (6) from Cork, clutching a plump chicken, have to say to Animata (16) a street-wise teenager in the slums of Sierra Leone?
For all their differences, their lives are rooted in one simple statement: "Because I am girl".
The expression in the eyes of the young girl leaning against the wall of a colourful ramshackle house in Sierra Leone is not so different from Anna's (13), her peer in Galway.
These striking images are part of a new photography project entitled 'Her Story' aimed at highlighting the challenges faced by girls around the world, simply because they are girls.
The girls' surnames have been deliberately left out by organisers. The exhibition was commissioned by Plan Ireland – a community-development agency which works in 50 developing countries across the world.
The photographs examine the everyday lives of girls in Ireland and Sierra Leone, with a spokesperson for the charity explaining that the familiarity of Irish scenes provides a fascinating contrast to the images of the girls in Sierra Leone.
The exhibition will be launched by Cherie Blair and Irish MTV star Laura Whitmore on October 7 at the Powerscourt Townhouse in Dublin, coinciding with International 'Day of the Girl'.
The 'Because I am a Girl' campaign is a global movement which aims to transform communities around the world by empowering females.
It aims to reach four million girls directly and improve their lives by allowing them to go to school, providing them with skills and livelihoods.