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Girls going for goal in the game of life

A girl controls the ball with her feet at a soccer clinic in Fiji.
Soccer in Fiji.

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The future of the world lies, in part, in the hands of the 1.1 billion girls worldwide.

But the United Nations has recognised their dreams and potential are often thwarted by discrimination, violence and lack of equal opportunities. So, October 11 has been declared International Day of the Girl Child.

In the Pacific, sport has been identified as a key to empower and develop girls and boys to cooperate and grow on a level playing field, while valuing inclusion and focusing on better health.

So come on a tour of Australian Aid's Pacific Sports Partnerships to see how girls can change the world through sport.

Three girls in red AFL shirts await the start of a clinic in Vanuatu.
AFL in Vanuatu.

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A student from a special school balances a shuttlecock on her head while walking with a badminton racquet.
Badminton in Fiji.

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A girl dribbles a ball towards the hoop on a basketball court in Kiribati.
Basketball in Kiribati.

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A girl plays a late cut shot in a cricket game in PNG as her classmates watch on.
Cricket in PNG.

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Two girls in gymnastics gear sit on the floor listening intently during gymnastics class.
Gymnastics in Fiji.

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A girl in a blue dress attempts to tag another girl with the rugby ball while a player follows behind.
Rugby in Fiji.

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NRL officials assist a girl with her schoolwork on a computer.
Rugby League in Samoa.

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A girl kicks the ball in a game of soccer against her classmates in her school playground in the Solomon Islands.
Soccer in the Solomon Islands.

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One boy (left) and a girl (centre) do warm up stretches on a basketball court as their friends look on.
Stretching in Kiribati.

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A girl takes a break by holding onto a lane divider in a swimming pool in PNG.
Swimming in PNG.

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A girl smiles as she holds onto a kickboard and swims in Tonga.
Swimming in Tonga.

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This story was produced by ABC International Development as part of the Pacific Sports Partnerships funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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