We Are All Malala: How To Get Involved
I hope everyone is well on this side of the blogosphere and beyond!
Today I would like to add my voice to the millions of voices shouting Malala Yousafzai’s name and praying for her prompt recovery. As you may have read in the media, Malala, a 14 year-old Pakistani child activist and fellow blogger, was shot in the head on October 12, 2012, in her school bus in Peshawar, by the Taliban. What was Malala’s crime, you may ask? She wrote in a CBS blog to defend the education of girls in Pakistan and worldwide, and stood up to Taliban intimidation by continuing to attend school.
“We are all Malala”, is the cry of outrage and indignation from the international community all around the globe. I know education saved mine and millions of women and girls’s destinies around the world. It should no longer be a privilege, but a right for girls and women all over. As I look in my daughter’s eyes, I smile at the prospect of a bright future for her, because she has a right to get the education of her choice and grow up to turn endless possibilities into Reality.
As we speak, Malala is recovering, having been airlifted to a UK hospital to get the best care available. As our prayers are with this global symbol of freedom, here are ways we can get involved and add our voices to this great song of Freedoom:
- Go the Women of the World foundation’s website at http://womenintheworld.org/: sign up, donate, make a difference!
- Sign up for the Woman of Impact Emergency Appeal for Girl’s Education Fund, sponsored by Tina Brown and Angelina Jolie:
- You can also help women survivors of war rebuild their lives by sponsoring a woman for $30 a month at Women for Women International;
- Visit the Global Fund for Women at http://www.globalfundforwomen.org/, and contribute to expand healthcare for women and girls, and end gender-based violence;
- Advocate against child marriage and forced marriage around the world, visit the CARE foundation and contribute in the conversation.
Take part in the conversation! Help, contribute, make a difference! I know I will…
If you know of any other ways to help the cause of women and girls worldwide, please share!