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In this December 14, 2015, file photo, a young clown rides in the back of a car following a procession to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Hundreds belonging to various clown associations made their annual pilgrimage to the Basilica to pay their respects to the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico's patron saint. (Photo by Rebecca Blackwell/AP Photo)

As the world marks the International Day of the Girl Child, women's rights activists point to progress on a wide array of issues but say more needs to be done to protect girls from child marriage, sexual assault and other forms of exploitation. Here is a selection of pictures showing the daily lives of girls across the globe, all taken by female Associated Press photojournalists. Here: In this December 14, 2015, file photo, a young clown rides in the back of a car following a procession to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Hundreds belonging to various clown associations made their annual pilgrimage to the Basilica to pay their respects to the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico's patron saint. (Photo by Rebecca Blackwell/AP Photo)
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19 Oct 2018 00:03:00
Lebanese university students wearing municipality police costume regulate the traffic in the village of Brummana, east Beirut, Lebanon, 23 June 2018. (Photo by Wael Hamzeh/EPA/EFE)

Lebanese university students wearing municipality police costume regulate the traffic in the village of Brummana, east Beirut, Lebanon, 23 June 2018. The touristic town of Brummana is making a daring move in anticipation of the crowded summer season, by forming a group of young policewomen wearing mini shorts to regulate the traffic. (Photo by Wael Hamzeh/EPA/EFE)
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26 Jun 2018 00:05:00
A Russia fan shows her support prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Lars Baron – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

A Russia fan shows her support prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Lars Baron – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
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16 Jun 2018 00:05:00
Inna Vladimirskaya, 32, from Kiev, Ukraine running in the snow in Kiev, Ukraine in minus temperatures as she believes it will improve her health. (Photo by David Tesinsky/Caters News Agency)

This brave swimmer certainly has a brrracing workout each weekend she skinny dips in one of the coldest rivers in Europe which regularly plummets to temperaturess of –9C. Inna Vladimirskaya, 32, strips off on the banks of the Dnieper river, in Kiev, Ukraine, every Sunday morning, and takes a swim after jogging along the snowy banks of the river in the nip. (Photo by David Tesinsky/Caters News Agency)
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17 Mar 2018 00:05:00
A competitor poses on the catwalk during the Miss Bumbum Brazil 2017 pageant in Sao Paulo on November 07, 2017. (Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP Photo)

A competitor poses on the catwalk during the Miss Bumbum Brazil 2017 pageant in Sao Paulo on November 07, 2017. Fifteen candidates are competing in the annual pageant to select the Brazil's sexiest female rear end. (Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP Photo)
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14 Nov 2017 08:09:00
A competitor poses on the catwalk during the Miss Bumbum Brazil 2016 pageant in Sao Paulo, Brazil on November 9, 2016. (Photo by Miguel Schincariol/AFP Photo)

A competitor poses on the catwalk during the Miss Bumbum Brazil 2016 pageant in Sao Paulo, Brazil on November 9, 2016. Fifteen candidates compete in the annual pageant to select Brazil's sexiest female rear end. (Photo by Miguel Schincariol/AFP Photo)
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14 Nov 2017 07:51:00
January 22, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders take a picture in the confetti after the game against the Green Bay Packers in the 2017 NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome. Atlanta defeated Green Bay 44-21. (Photo by Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports)

January 22, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders take a picture in the confetti after the game against the Green Bay Packers in the 2017 NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome. Atlanta defeated Green Bay 44-21. (Photo by Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports)
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28 Jan 2017 06:52:00
A Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader during the second quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns Friday, August 26, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (Photo by Jason Behnken/AP Photo)

A Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader during the second quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns Friday, August 26, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (Photo by Jason Behnken/AP Photo)
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17 Oct 2016 10:15:00