Friday, July 12, 2013

Happy Malala Day!

The United Nations has designated today as Malala Day. Malala Yousufzai is the Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for advocating girls' education in October 2012.  Miraculously, she survived the bullet shot to her head and today she addressed the UN Youth Assembly, advocating for global education.  Today was her first public speech since the attack.

Malala epitomizes the power young women and girls can have in changing not only their local community, but global society  When she was only around 11 years old, she blogged for the BBC about her life under the Taliban and her unwavering commitment to girls education. Her words were so powerful that they threatened the men of the Taliban.

In 2013, Time Magazine  placed Malala on the cover of their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.  After Desmond Tutu nominated her for the International Children's Peace Prize, she became the first Pakistani to receive this award.  She is the youngest person in history to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Let us be grateful to and inspired by Malala.  If a young girl can bravely keep fighting after being shot by the Taliban, we too can fight for social justice in our communities.  Join her movement for global education and sign this petition today!

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