On 10 October, a day before the first International Day of the Girl Child, Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old girl from Pakistan was shot and wounded by the Taliban for speaking out on the rights of girls to education and to live free of violence. As we approach 10 November, the one month mark of the assassination attempt, the world is getting ready for Malala Day – a global day of action to speak out for girls right to education and a life without violence.
Education can play a strong role in ending violence against women and girls around the world. It can build girls’ confidence to stand up for their rights and challenge harmful social norms and attitudes that portray girls as inferior to boys. At its best, education promotes mutual respect between boys and girls and advances gender equality. Therefore, we are asking you to join this global action for Malala.
The UN Special Envoy for Global Education and former Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Mr. Gordon Brown, will travel to Pakistan on November 10 to meet with President Zardari and deliver over 1 million signatures from people everywhere, supporting a call to make education a reality for all Pakistani girls and to protect every child’s right to education. The petitions will also be handed to the United Nations to ensure international support for the push for girls education and the right of every child to go to school.
Be among the millions speaking out for Malala and girls’ right to education. Add your name at iammalala.org and learn more about Malala Day!
|Date:||24 October 2012|