Today, October 11, is International Day of the Girl.
Since 2012, International Day of the Girl has been an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and potential of girls, and reflect on the world we've created for the next generation of women.
This year, we asked 7 influential Australian women to write a letter to their 12-year-old selves.
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Within these letters, there were stories of belonging, grief, courage, gratitude, hope, and confidence.
But most of all, there were stories of empowerment.
From Melissa Leong and Narelda Jacobs to Amanda Keller and Khadija Gbla, here's what they had to say:
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