Saturday, October 11th is the United Nations’ “International Day of the Girl Child,” and it just happens to come on the heels of 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel Peace Prize win. Yousafzai was shot in the head at age 14 while riding a bus to school by Taliban members in Pakistan who objected to her efforts to help girls get an education. The gunmen boarded her bus asking for her by name before they shot her because she was known for standing up to the horrors of their suppression tactics. Incidentally, the UN celebration focuses heavily on education for females all over the world. Only 30 percent of all girls are enrolled in secondary school, and of the nearly 800 million adults worldwide who are illiterate, 64 percent of them are women. In the United States, it’s estimated that 14 percent of adults cannot read.
Nobel Peace Prizes Awarded
The Nobel Peace Prize selection committee says it chose Yousafzai for her work of campaigning for all children, particularly girls, to be educated. After she recovered, she’s been relentless in her mission to advocate on behalf of those who are terrorized and suppressed. “Malala” as she is known world-wide, shares this year’s prize with 60-year-old human rights activist Kailash Satyarthi of India who has been active in the Indian movement against child labor since the 1990’s.
To learn more about this amazing teenager and her fight for equality and education for youth, particularly girls, click HERE.
(photo credits: Time Magazine & malalah.org)
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