Yesterday was International Day of the Girl, an important day for girls around the world to speak up for their own equality and rights.
One amazing girl who has long advocated for girls’ rights in Pakistan is 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai. Tragically, Malala was shot on Monday by a Taliban gunman and remains unconscious and in critical condition.
When she was just 11, Malala began blogging for the BBC, and over the years she has remained a strong advocate and symbol for girls’ rights to education. You can read her dairy here. She received Pakistan’s first National Peace Award and was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by The KidsRights Foundation.
What is so amazing about Malal is her bravery. She knew that she was vulnerable, but continued to speak out for girls’ right to an education. A piece published in The New Yorker quoted her as saying: “…Even if they come to kill me, I will tell them what they are trying to do is wrong, that education is our basic right.”
Keep Malala in your hearts as you continue to carry on her work by speaking out for girls’ rights where you live — and around the world. For more, watch a recent video explaining her amazing work and the impact its had on students in Pakistan.
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