Amanda’s Corner: A Meaningful Sweet 16 for Malala

Amanda's Corner
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Hi Like a Boss Go-Getters,

When I wrote my last post, I was gearing up to move to Washington, DC for an internship with Girl Up (a campaign of the United Nations Foundation that unites girls to change the world). Since then, it has been a whirlwind of moving in, buying groceries, cooking and, of course, settling into my internship.

I couldn’t have started at Girl Up during a better week—today is Malala Yousafzai’s 16th birthday. Malala was shot in the head on her way to school in October 2012, all because she wanted an education for herself and for other girls. Since recovered, the shooting hasn’t dashed her dreams, only propelled them around the world, further fueling the need for educating girls. According to the Center for Global Development, girls with secondary education contribute 18% more of their future wages to their communities, compared to 14% for boys. Educating girls translates to happier selves, happier communities and a happier world. And Malala is a reminder of the resilience of women and girls everywhere in their fight to become educated.

Want to sign an e-card for Malala? You can write her a birthday wish on Girl Up’s web site.

 

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