In many parts of the world, girls are subjected to brutal violence and cannot live freely. Over 130 million girls are not allowed the education they have a right to today; 5 million of them live in Pakistan. Their rights have been taken away from them due to poverty, war and discrimination.
Malala began speaking openly about girls’ rights at the age of 11, when the Taliban prohibited girls from attending school in the Swat Valley in Pakistan. As a 15-year-old, she was shot in the head on her way home from school. The Taliban thought they could silence Malala by killing her. Instead, her voice became even stronger. She and her organisation Malala Fund now support local activists in Syria, Nigeria, Pakistan and other parts of the world where girls are severely affected by injus tice and violence. Malala demands that the world’s lead ers keep their promises to vulnerable girls, and also makes sure they get to tell their stories and demand their rights them selves.
RESULT & VISION
Malala has created a global movement for girls’ right to edu cation and a good life. Together with them, she continues to fight to ensure that every girl receives 12 years of free educa tion in a safe environment, and where girls lead others in their efforts for a better world.
MALALA CONTRIBUTES TOWARDS FULFILLING THE GLOBAL GOALS, INCLUDING:
Goal 4: Quality education, in particular girls’ right to go to school. Goal 5: Gender equality. Goal 10: Reduced inequalities. Goal 11: Sustainable communities.
Listen to Malala at the WCP Ceremony 2014: