Yesterday was International Day of the Girl. Originally declared by the United Nations in 2012, it’s a day aimed to encourage the betterment of girls’ lives around the world. Beyoncé observed the day by taking to Facebook for her powerful new video for “Freedom.”
Featuring girls around the world dancing and singing along with the track, it’s not only a thought-provoking clip about the unifying power of music, but also an attempt to educate members of the Beyhive about injustices faced by women and girls around the world.
The video runs through a ghastly list of statistics: One in four girls are forced to marry as children, 63 million girls have undergone female genital mutilation, girls are twice as likely to become infected with HIV, and more.
The video concludes with a list of goals to help solve these injustices, and encourages viewers to end child marriages, the AIDS epidemic and violence toward women by 2030.