Today is International Human Rights Day!
Every year on this day, the world celebrates that ALL people- women, men, youth, indigenous, minority, poor, and more- are entitled to enjoy a set of fundamental human rights and freedoms. It’s also a moment to recognize the sobering truth that many marginalized communities around the world are denied those human rights they rightfully deserve.
In honor of Human Rights Day, we are celebrating Malala Yousafzai, her journey, her influence over a world of supporters and her lasting impact on the issue of human rights. Malala bravely stood up for herself and for girls in the Swat Valley who were denied their right to an education; now, we have a chance to stand with Malala in support of her and her message.
This week, we are asking you to submit a 30-60 second video message of hope to Malala. If you are in high school or an undergraduate, these entries will be included as part of the inaugural Girls Impact the World Film Festival that examines global women’s issues. The film festival has a special category for messages to Malala and the contest includes a very cool list of prizes!
However, even if you don’t qualify for the contest, we have a special surprise for you: Your video entries will be compiled into a larger video delivered to Malala herself! While she continues to recover, Malala will be able to see your supportive messages and know that the world is standing with her.
Tweet this: Today, I #StandwMalala and @GirlUp to support the human rights that girls around the world deserve: http://bit.ly/UxLoni