Huyen, 16, of Hanoi and Hakima, 13, of Kampala have traveled nearly 30,000 km between them to get to U.N. Headquarters in New York.

Both want answers to their questions. They want to know what the world is doing to resolve the problems they face in their daily lives just because they are girls.

In Huyen's community, girls are constantly harassed by boys and men in their neighborhood. They cannot go out after dark and regularly face sexual advances by strangers and sometimes by those known to them. Hakima, on the other hand, is fighting hard to make schools safe for girls in her community. She holds weekly sessions to discuss incidents of violence reported by other girl pupils.