Today is Malala Day

The United Nations has declared that today, November 10, is Malala Day.

I suspect that most people do not know that today is Malala Day. (I wasn’t offered any Malala cakes, didn’t watch any Malala parades on TV, and did not receive a Malala greeting card in the mail.)  And that’s OK.  But everyone should know who Malala is.

She is, of course, the 15 year old Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by Taliban because she was – and is – an outspoken advocate for girls’ education in her country.

Imagine the bravery it took for her to stand up for her right to education, and to speak publicly in a country where public speaking often comes with a price to pay.  Malala paid dearly, but my guess is that she would do it all over again. She will not be deterred from her quest to be educated and to create the same chance for all girls, not only in Pakistan, but all over the world.  GO Campaign is proud to support several grassroots efforts promoting girls’ education in several countries. It is utterly critical to the well-being of our planet that all girls have access to education.

The fact that Malala survived the shot to the head is astounding and against all odds.  More amazing is the fact that she is alert and, though too soon to tell, her doctors think she may make a full recovery.  Clearly this is a special girl, meant for special things.  When I think about it, I get goose bumps.  This girl may grow up to change the world.