Malala is a voice of hope – advocating for the 130 million girls around the world who are not in school. She is young, bold and determined to make an impact for girls and their right to education.
Her biography is like no other. Malala is a Pakistani activist, student, UN Messenger of Peace and the youngest person ever awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. At age 15, she was shot by the Taliban for speaking out against their ban on girls’ education. Malala recovered, continued her campaign and, as co-founder of Malala Fund, is building a global movement of support for 12 years of free safe, quality education for girls.
Malala inspires us with her fearlessness and captures our hearts with her humility. “I tell my story, not because it is unique, but because it is not. It is the story of many girls,” declares this remarkable young woman.
And yet, her most notable achievements are inspiring young girls the world over.
Rachel, a 14 year-old student in Nigeria— “Now, for me, I have decided not to allow life circumstances to deter me from my goals. I have decided to be a medical doctor. I am more determined to finish my education even through financial challenges. I believe girls are equal with boys and deserve to be educated.”
Sydney, a 16 year-old student in Mexico, — “I hope speaking about education on my local radio station will help women send their daughters to school. No matter how much they fight now, one day when they see daughters studying and changes achieved, they will say it was worth fighting for.”
Fatima, a 17 year-old student in Afghanistan — “I study and learn by heart to reach my dreams. My hope is not just for me, but that all girls shall reach their dreams of education and freedom.”
Malala’s organization believes that girls are the best investment in the future peace and prosperity of our world. When girls learn for 12 years it drives economic growth, creates a healthier workforce and promotes lasting peace.
She calls on global leaders to take action and is seeing great results. But there is much more left to do to see every girl in school. Perhaps you would like to help. Visit Malala Fund’s website for information about girls’ education and opportunities to get involved: www.malala.org
Malala truly believes that girls should learn history. And make it.
Courage. Pass It On!
This billboard about Courage features Malala Yousafzai.