Hello dolls!! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend :) Today I wanted to share an important international campaign with you...many of you will know who Malala is...her image and words have been all over the news for a while now...she is a young girl who was on her way home from school when Taliban gunmen stopped her school bus, asked for her by name and then shot her in the head and neck along with two of her classmates. They wanted to silence her campaign for girls' rights to go to school. In 2009, she began (at 11 years old) blogging for BBC Urdu about her struggle to receive an education in the Taliban controlled Swat Valley of Pakistan. She was nominated for the International Children's Peace award in 2011 and was awarded Pakistan's first National Youth Peace Prize in December 2011; She is also the youngest person to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. She's an incredible girl, just listening to her in interviews in humbling.
Girlwithabook's goal is to collect pictures from Malala's and global education's supporters from the entire world to speak up about the right for everyone to have an education. These photos will be collected and put together in a book with the proceeds being used to purchase books for schools in Pakistan.
My friend Monika...who is also an avid book reader & understand the importance of education shared this fantastic cause with me and I knew straight away that I had to join in and share it with all of you!! The want and need to learn and discover new things has been so great in me since a child. Growing up on what was considered the 'wrong side of the tracks' people constantly told me that education was pointless for someone like me...but I couldn't listen to them, I hid big books in my bag and found hiding places to sit and read...you can go to a thousand places with just one book. The gift of learning instilled in me that if I wanted something, I could work hard for it & achieve it.
So many people - especially girls, far and wide are denied the joy of books and education and we need to stand up and give them something better. Because I know if I hadn't had the joy of reading, learning and going to school to grasp onto...only God knows where I'd be..maybe not here at all.
According to UN reports, there are now 57 million kids out of school, 5 million live in Pakistan. More than 3 million of them are girls. It is our fundamental right as females to get an education and learn. I hope that some of you will stand with us too, in the hope that one day all girls & women every where will have the education and safety they deserve through equal rights. We need to be the change we wish to see & not let our voices be silenced!! I completely love her & her courage...she is a wonder woman indeed!
I wish you all a wonderful start to the week
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If you wish to know more or send in a photo, see here: GIRLWITHABOOK Campaign (Polish Edition)