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From left to right: Alice Paredes, Sriya Chippalthurty, Liliana Talino and Natalia Perez Morales are Girl Up "teen advisers" who give up their hobbies to help disadvantaged girls and women in their communities. Girl Up hide caption

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From left: Giovanna Basso, Mofiyin Onanuga, Emma Fetzer and Joanne Lee are teen leaders for the U.N.-sponsored gender equality group Girl Up. They attended Girl Up's virtual conference last week, which featured Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai as a guest speaker. Giovanna Basso, Mofiyin Onanuga, Emma Fetzer, Joanne Lee hide caption

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Teenage leaders in the global group Girl Up met for their annual conference via Zoom. NPR interviewed 11 of the attendees. Top row, from left: Salomé Beyer, Rebecca Fairweather, Alliyah Logan and Bethel Kyeza. Middle row, from left: Riya Goel, Nora DiMartino, Aya Alagha and Mofi Onanuga. Bottom row, from left: Vanessa Louis-Jean, Hayat Muse and Rym Badran. Zoom screen grab by NPR hide caption

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Left to right: Julie Wang, Lauren Yang, Samiha Rao; Andrea Jacob and Barbara Aranda hold up motivational posters at the sixth annual Girl Up Summit in Washington, D.C. Shuyao Chen/NPR hide caption

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Here's the group of "teen advisers" who spoke with Goats and Soda at the 2015 Girl Up conference in Washington, D.C. Top row: Amy Gong Liu, Janet Diaz, Janet Ho, Kennede Reese, Rebecca Ruvalcaba. Middle row: Ruhy Patel, Celia Buckman, Simone Cowan, Jessica Bishai. Bottom row: Sydney Baumgardt, Alexandra Intriago, Anna McGuire, Ishana Nigam John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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Girl Up activists are in the nation's capital — and talking with NPR today on Periscope. Last year's participants in the annual conference included (from left) Alexandra Leone (New Hope, Pa.); Grace Peters (Flemington, N.J.); Aklesiya Dejene (Chicago); Isabella Gonzalez and Erika Hiple (Stockton, N.J.). Ryan Kellman/NPR hide caption

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Fatima Haidari, second from the right, and her bike riding club caught the attention of Humans of Kabul — the Afghanistan version of the popular Humans of New York blog. David Fox/Courtesy of Humans of Kabul hide caption

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Watch out, Congress: Girl Up activists came to the nation's capital in June to lobby for issues affecting girls in the developing world. From left, Alexandra Leone (New Hope, Pa.), Grace Peters (Flemington, N.J.), Aklesiya Dejene (Chicago), Isabella Gonzalez and Erika Hiple (Stockton, N.J.) Ryan Kellman/NPR hide caption

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