You may have heard about her on NPR or you may have read about her in one of the many online news articles that have been written about the brave young Pakistani girl named Malala Yousafzai who took a stand for education.
Malala, a 14-year old schoolgirl, was brutally attacked and shot by the Taliban in Pakistan for speaking out in support of access to education for girls in her country.
In terms of global issues, we hear a lot about abuse, poverty, hunger and saving the environment, but the lack of access to education for millions of children around the world is sadly often overlooked by citizens of nations who enjoy this access as a basic right.
But this brave young warrior for education did not wait for someone to advocate for her and her fellow classmates. In the face of an oppressive, and clearly dangerous, organization set in their antiquated and unfair ways, she had the courage to stand up and fight for what is right.
We cannot let Malala’s fight be in vain.
Let your voice be heard in support of Malala and the rallying cry for educational access to children all over the world:
- Sign the petition to call on Pakistan to agree to a plan to deliver education to all its children: http://educationenvoy.org/
- Spread the word. Inform your audience of the #IamMalala campaign and invite them to sign the petition.
- Spend November 10th in solidarity for Malala Day. Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown – the UN Special Envoy for Global Education – and his wife Sarah will deliver this petition to the Pakistani president on this day.
*Photo Credit: http://photoblog.nbcnews.com
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