Today, November 10th, is a global day of action for Malala and the millions of girls around the globe who are denied an education because of their gender.
As you may recall, Malala is the 14-year old girl in Pakistan who was shot by the Taliban for promoting the education of girls in her nation. She is now recovering and the UN Special Envoy for Global Education wants to make sure her message is heard loud and clear throughout the world. On this day, we stand with Malala and fight for the right of every child to receive an education.
So can the voice of one young girl in Pakistan really change the world? It certainly has already for millions of children around the globe:
“Today I met with the President of Pakistan one month after the terrible shooting of Malala Yousafzai to discuss Malala’s dream of education for all.
On the eve of Malala Day, I presented petitions already signed by over 1 million people in the international community in honor of Malala and her cause.
These signatures were joined with another one million signatures collected by Pakistani civil society’s One Million Signature Campaign to demand free and compulsory education and another 100,000 signatures from out-of-school Pakistani children.
The President and I agreed on a series of deadlines for finance and delivery to make ensure all of Pakistan’s five million out of school children have the opportunity to go to school.” -Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education
The staggering statistics for children around the globe are discouraging…
- 115 million child laborers are involved in hazardous work.
- 61 million children are shut out of primary school.
- 34 million adolescent girls are not in school.
- 16 million children with disabilities not in school; 1/4 of these children are blind.
But Malala has taught us all to stand up and fight–that our voices do make a difference. You can learn more, join the campaign and sign the petition by going here: http://educationenvoy.org/
Let’s stand united today for all children around the globe who are denied the right to an education. Your voice matters….won’t you join us?
I wrote this post as part 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.
Our Motto: Individually we are all powerful. Together we can change the world. We believe in the power of collective action to help others and believe in ourselves to make this world a better place for our children and the world’s children.