On Friday, October 11, we will celebrate International Day of the Girl. People around the world will come together to reflect on the neglect and devaluation of girls around the world. They will work together to alleviate those issues and create more opportunities for girls everywhere.
This year, one of the key figures inspiring International Day of the Girl followers is Malala Yousafzai, a 16-year-old Pakistani advocate for womens’ and education rights. From a young age, Malala spoke out against Taliban rule in Pakistan that puts many restrictions on women and girls, including barring girls from attending school.
In October 2012, Malala, then just 14 years old, was the target of an assassination attempt by a member of the Taliban who boarded her school bus and shot her in the head. Malala recovered in England and is now more energized than ever to speak out against the injustices girls face around the world. Malala is also a crusader for peace and her work has made her a strong contender for the Nobel Peace Prize, the winner of which will be announced tomorrow.
Malala is a great inspiration to all of us at Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska. Now is the perfect time to celebrate her courage and to reflect on our good fortune. Consider how lucky girls in Nebraska, and the entire United States, are to have the right to an education. Girl Scouts, and all girls in this country, not only have that right, they are also supported by their families, teachers, friends and communities to be whatever they want to be and to go as far as they can dream. Malala’s struggle is a great reminder of what one girl—no matter how she finds or regains her voice—can do to change the world.
Tomorrow, on International Day of the Girl we want all Spirit of Nebraska Girl Scouts to join us as we stand with Malala. Use your voice to share your support for Malala by tweeting your message along with #IStandWithMalala. Tag @GirlScoutsNE so we can see all your inspiring messages! To follow International Day of the Girl check out #IDG2013 on Twitter or visit their website.
“My goal is to get peace and my goal is to see education of every child.” – Malala Yousafzai
Blog posted by April Christenson