If She Can Do It, You Can Too
Human rights activist at age 11, the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize at 17, shot in the head by terrorists at age 15, UN Messenger of Peace and founder of an organization for girls’ education by age 18.
If you don’t yet know who I’m talking about (which I would actually find very hard to believe), then today is the perfect day to find out: It’s Malala Day, or the 20th birthday of one of the world’s most famous young activists, Malala Yousafzai.
By age 20, Malala’s resume is quite impressive: from a young age, she advocated for the importance of education for young girls in response to the Taliban’s threats to take away her right to an education. Even after a life threatening attack in 2012, she used her story to further her message. In 2014, she solidified her role as an activist for girls’ education and prosperity by founding Malala Fund with her father, and in the same year, became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She has since received several honors, including being named the United Nations Messenger of Peace to promote girls’ education.
You can actually do something!
At this point, you're probably sitting on your couch reading this and thinking: What am I doing with my life. ( I mean...same) You're not a UN Messenger of Peace and you're not an activist, I know, but Malala did so much more, with so much less. If she can impact the world, you can too:
-Persecution, conflict, and economic and political strife has contributed to the displacement of over 65.6 million people worldwide (UNHCR). People often forget that over half of the millions of refugees that are forced from their homes are children, who now face trauma, poverty, and an interrupted education. As a global citizen, pressure your leaders to support basic human rights for refugees.
- The Global Village Project is a school in Atlanta, Georgia whose message is to ensure that refugee girls with interrupted schooling have access to the education necessary to pursue their dreams. Volunteer at one of the many organizations that are helping girls across the world have access to education.
-#GirlPowerTrip: Malala is on an international tour to promote the Malala Fund’s mission. You tweet. You post pictures. You send snapchats. Follow her journey and raise awareness on social media with the hashtag #GirlPowerTrip.
Get her empowering book,"I Am Malala," here.