October 11, 2012

International Day of the Girl

Today is the International Day of the Girl.

All across the world, girls are abused and ignored, denied basic rights and taught to accept a life where they can never even dream of becoming equal citizens.

So why is this important?  What are the stakes?

Malala Yousafzai
On Monday, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban.  Malala is a fourteen year old Pakistani girl, who won the National Peace Award.  She won it for fighting for the rights of girls to simply attend school.  And this week, she was shot for that.

She's alive, although still in critical condition.

Today is the International Day of the Girl.  Think about the freedoms that you have.  That your daughters have.  Think of all the rights that are still denied them.  And think of the girls around the world who have to fight even to the death in order to attain even the simplest of those.

Think of the child brides.

Think of Malala Yousafzai.

It is the International Day of the Girl, and here in the United States, that's almost something we could take for granted.

Learn more about it, and take action:

1 comment:

  1. That is ridiculous, shot for making the world a better place. The girl is beautiful and you can almost see the fire in her eyes...I loved the post



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