The cruelty to women and young girls in many parts of the world today is appalling: breast ironing, sex trafficking, genital mutilation, rape and the denial of education. But women and young girls are taking a stand in communities and online taking advantage of technology and social media to connect and create awareness for issues they face every day. We no longer need press conferences. Ordinary people are achieving real change through the power of their voices.
Almost a year, an extraordinary Pakistani girl named Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban for raising her voice against the school ban. And she survived and the world turned its eyes toward her and the education issue. And it’s a huge issue:
• 66 million girls are out of school globally.
• Uneducated girls get married earlier and the #1 killer of girls 15-19 is childbirth.
Today at 2:30PM EST Malala will host a Twitter chat via @MalalaFund. It is Malala’s first time on Twitter.
On October 8, Malala will release her book “I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban” and is about to officially launch the Malala Fund.
Using #MalalaFund you can join the discussion and submit questions. For 30 minutes Malala will chat about the importance of empowering girls through education. She will also highlight her organization, the Malala Fund, which will help girls to realize and unlock their potential through access to education.
Please join and use your voice to help amplify this important issue.