You see a girl. We see the future.

Photo Credit: Class Dismissed, Adam B. Ellick, The New York Times

You see a girl. We see the future.

Over the years, as the movement for adolescent girls has grown, these words have become a mantra here at Girl Up. In light of the tragic news we heard yesterday, we feel that they’ve never held truer than in the case of Malala Yousafzai.

Malala, a 14 year-old girl from Pakistan, is a strong advocate for girls’ education and an inspiration to us all. She was first featured in the news when she wrote a diary for BBC Urdu about her experiences as a Pakistani schoolgirl living in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban closed over 200 girls’ schools while keeping the boys’ schools open.  While Malala’s diary revealed the struggles associated with trying to pursue an education in a place where girls aren’t a priority, it also demonstrated Malala’s courage and determination for a better future for herself. Despite the dangers of being a girl in the Swat Valley, Malala continues to fight for her right to an education.

Yesterday, Malala suffered a devastating tragedy when she was attacked for being such a strong advocate for girls’ rights. When we heard the news that she had been shot, it was a grave reminder of the importance of advancing girls’ rights everywhere.

As we approach the first-ever International Day of the Girl tomorrow, we will be thinking of Malala and hoping for a speedy recovery. While we are celebrating and advocating for girls around the world, let’s all think of Malala as we continue to show the world that girls matter.

Together we are stronger.

Video Credit: Class Dismissed, Adam B. Ellick, The New York Times


Submitted by bell on September 24, 2013

malala you are my hreo read what you did and i know i dont live where you did but i woulde be thank full if you did some think like that for me i live in U.S.A in arkansas i am 11 years old. i think you are awesome because what you did. love bell jaco

Submitted by notre dame sr on November 11, 2012

Malala is an inspiration to all of us women of all ages...I was also inspired by the from her village who came out in support of girls' education. We hold her in our prayers each day and hope that the future is bright for the young girls who have to fight against the tough situations in their lives to get an education and preparation for the future...never give up..keep courage burning in your hearts.

Submitted by Anita on October 18, 2012

I think Malala´s an inspiration. She represents all the girl up thoughts. Let´s make this world a better place!

Submitted by MommaBear on October 11, 2012

Malala is the Unofficial International Ambassador for GirlUp! I believe it is incumbent upon all of us to do what she has been doing so bravely: and to encourage the Clintons and the UN to turn up the heat to start fundraising and promoting Internatoinal Malala Schools for Girls.

Submitted by Vine on October 11, 2012

Malala Yousafzai is a spiritual beacon who stands up for all girls around the world to live and enjoy a quality life. May our prayers lift her up to accomplish her work. Love and Light

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