Today, October 11th, marks the fourth annual International Day of the Girl, a special resolution proclaimed by the United Nations in 2011 to encourage an important worldwide conversation about advancing girls’ lives across the globe. To honor the day this year, Keisha Thompson, a 25-year-old British writer, singer and performer, wrote a poem called “Yet,” then these 13 girls from 8 countries brought her powerful words to life.

“Because you still haven’t seen the best of us yet.”

This inspiring video rendition of Keisha’s poem was commissioned by the child rights organization Plan International to mark International Day of the Girl. It features 13 adolescent girls from Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Liberia, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Thailand and Sierra Leone, each delivering the beautiful lines that Keisha penned. Their purpose… to “rally girls around the struggle to overcome discrimination, claim their rights and celebrate better futures.”

Keisha Thompson

Keisha Thompson

Keisha, who has her own feminist solo show – I Wish I had a Moustache (staged in London and Manchester) – that explores beauty, gender anxieties and the taboo of body hair, told BBC Newsbeat, “As long as there’s somewhere in the world where girls are facing extreme oppression of their rights, then feminism has a long way to go still.” She added that education is one of the biggest issues facing girls today. “If someone’s denied that basic right of just learning then it limits them immediately.”

by Keisha Thompson

Because I am a girl you might think that you know me

You might think of a certain colour

Of a certain history

You might think of a certain fashion

Or a certain role in society

But so much is changing

All that is certain is you haven’t seen the best of me

Right now the number of female world leaders

Has doubled since 2005

Right now there are more of us standing as CEOs

Than the world has ever seen

Times are changing and you

Haven’t seen the best of us yet

But right now 65 million of us still have stolen dreams

Right now 65 million of us could be left behind

With no access to education

Trapped by narrow expectations

If you deny us the chance to learn now

You deny us our potential and our history

I am the strength of Malala and Maya Angelou

What makes you think I am not equal to you?

I can be the head of a family, a community, a company, a country

I can be a leader

Until my sisters are free then I am not free

Because justice shouldn’t feel like luck

Like we are short straws to be plucked

Justice should feel like everyone is standing up

Waiting for us to take the next step

Because you still haven’t seen the best of us yet