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Malala Day: A Voice For Education Can Never Be Silenced #IAmMalala

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Malala Yousufzai is a girl like many other girls. At 15 years old, she is not afraid to speak her mind—especially for what is right. She is not afraid to take a stand or what she believes in. As a resident of Pakistan, she was well aware of the possible risks and dangers she might endure, but never dreamed that those dangers would become her reality.

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In January 2009, the militants issued an edict ordering that no school should educate girls. Malala wrote in her online diary about intimidation tactics the Taliban used in her native Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan to coerce girls into not going school.

They included house raids to search for books, and Malala had to hide hers under her bed.

The extremists took issue with her writings and threatened to kill her.[CNN]

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What happens next to Malala is saddening, upsetting, and most of all frustrating.

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The United Nations was so disturbed by what happened to Malala that they stepped in to do something about it. They have declared November 10 as Malala Day as a day of action to shine a light on Malala and the millions of girls just like her living in Pakistan and beyond. Their goal is to outlaw education discrimination in every country, and have all of the world’s 61 million out of school children successfully in education by the end of 2015. And Fortunately, people around the world are responding to the call.

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  Via a press statement from the office of the UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown:

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Country after country is adopting Malala as its symbol for a girl’s right to school. Malala Day is being celebrated with events in some 100 countries — not just in Asia, but with people taking action on every continent from Latin America and Europe to Africa and several cities in the United States.

Today we can say with certainty that as long as there are girls out of school anywhere in the world, Malala will be their beacon of hope. Visiting Pakistan and everywhere I go, the message I have received is the same: we are all with Malala.”  [educationenvoy.org]

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No voice should ever fear being silenced for speaking out against injustice. On this Malala Day, take a moment in solidarity to reflect on the what-if’s: what if this was your daughter or granddaughter, your niece, or your best friend.

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Or….what if this was you.

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I have news for you: Malala **is** you.

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Malala is the face of every female—young and old—who has ever had to fear for their life, who has ever been prohibited from doing or speaking what is right; who has ever been held back or threatened for simply trying to have an opportunity at a better life.

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Today and every day, You—I—WE—are Malala.

.malala-day #iammalala

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You can show your support for Malala by signing the petition to call on Pakistan to agree to a plan to deliver education to all its children at: http://educationenvoy.org/

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malala-day #iammalalaI am a proud member of the Global Team of 200, a highly specialized group of members of Mom Bloggers for Social Good that concentrates on issues involving women and girls, children, world hunger and maternal health.

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Makeba Giles is a Digital Content Producer and Founder of Faith Health and Home, a digital space with information and resources for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being to help families live an inspired lifestyle.

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Brandi

Any of us who are women, who are mothers, who are HUMAN…we should sign this petition. That a young girl would be shot for advocating for EDUCATION, in this world, it’s devastating. Thank you for bring a voice to this cause.

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Reply to  Brandi

Greetings Brandi! I agree with you 100%. Thank you so much for sharing here with me! 🙂

Christine

Wow, what an amazing story! I’ve signed the petition and asking others to do the same. What a great reminder of all the things that we tend to take for granted. Thank you for shining light on such an important story.

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Reply to  Christine

Greetings Christine! I am so glad that you signed the petition and are spreading the word. There is definitely strength in numbers, and the more people who are made aware of Malala’s story, the greater the chances of true change. Thank you so much for sharing here with me! 🙂

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