|What The Malala Fund Is Doing|
|Hear Her Voice and Stand With Malala|
Malala Yousafzai’s, innocence is the first thing that strikes her audience as she stands tall in spite of her small stature delivering her speech. This is her spellbinding speech at the United Nations General Assembly, July 12th, 2013 U.N. General Assembly where some of the greatest statesmen have addressed their audiences. As this young school-going teenager speaks from the same prestigious platform, everybody listens.
Malala addresses the rights of children for education with a passion in her voice. Her motive is not only to promote education, but she invokes the help of world leaders to bring dignity and peace to these little victims of war, conflict and terrorism: “Neither am I here to speak in terms of personal revenge against Taliban or any other terrorist group”. With her statement she makes a logical appeal that efforts towards hatred are wasted. This alone will pave the way for the real bright future. The pen is mightier than the sword and the extremists are, therefore, afraid of books and pens. As books bring knowledge and knowledge brings freedom, especially for women, these individuals fear knowledge itself. She cites the example of the boy from her school, who on being asked by a journalist as to why the Taliban are against education, replied: for they do not know what is written inside the book.
Being the child that she is, Malala relates to her audience at a very basic level. She is wise, yet simple and humble. These traits shine through her statements like “Malala day is not my day”, “ I am just one of them”, I am the same Malala”. She portrays her conviction in forgiveness and compassion as she names Jesus Christ, Mohammed and Buddha. She encompasses all, regardless of religion, case, country and culture in her speech as she glorifies Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Mother Teresa and Bacha Khan and their lessons of non-violence. Malala’s youthful confidence makes more impact as she inspires women of all ages by saying “There was a time when women activist asked men to stand up for their rights”. Indirectly, she stirs the inner strength of women to fight for their dignity and independence. Yet, she does not exclude men from participating in this fight, thus, keeping everybody in grasp.
|Malala's Digital Footprint|
|Twitter Presence||The Website|
Malala has been using the medium of twitter extensively for conveying her thoughts and support. She has been actively vociferous in the "Bring Back Our Girls" campaign for the return of schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria, "A World At School" movement for children, "ONE" campaign and ICRW Protecting Children In West and Central Africa via UNICEF. Winning the Nobel Peace Prize has given impetus to her movement.
She speaks out for the menace of girl brides through Girl Up, Girl Effect, Girls not Brides and Plan UK.
In Sweden, she donated World Children Prize money of $50,000/- to UNRWA to help rebuild damaged schools in Gaza.
She won the US Liberty Medal on 24th of October and vowed to donate the cash prize to fund education and relief efforts in Pakistan where the most unfortunate and heartbreaking attack on children at school, happened in December in Peshawar. This gruesome incident shook the world. Malala spoke out against the Peshawar Attacks and participated in a candle light vigil in Birmingham to show her support. "
"I am Malala Young Readers Edition" offers information to youth about global problems (launched on 24th December 2014).
|When enterting the website, audiences are immediately greeted by a colourful picture of Malala and a few students in a classroom urging to , JOIN MALALA. The statement on the screen sums all that the organization stands for: “Quality secondary education for all girls.” Malala's display of a concentrated expression holding pen and paper reminds us of her own battle to study a little while ago. It carries with it a world of associations as this young girl was shot by terrorists not too long ago in her struggle for attaining her basic right to education. As the screen reads,”Inspired and lead by Malala's example,” there is a subtle persuasion to act and support her cause, at the same time adding to her credibility to lead. The ‘Who We Are’ section of her site reveals the founding group of people and advisors of the Malala Fund. The prestigious backgrounds and achievements of the core members further authenticate their purpose to align with Malala. Personal photos of Malala at various troubled sites around the world, doing her work, communicates her strong will to stand up for her mission. ‘What We Do’ is another section of the site, which demonstrates the three main paths through which the organization wants to empower girls. The beautiful pictures of Malala, with other girls, giving her speech and laying stones with her father all give support to the claims on the site. These claims advocate for policy changes at all levels so girls have access to high-quality education at community level and focus on community-centered solutions for empowering local leaders and teachers. The image of Malala with her father laying bricks creates a very positive impression. She comes across as a strong young person actually paving the way and laying a foundation for a brighter future.Malala's photos working with senior refugees in Jordan, schools in Kenya and girls in Nigeria, create a very influential and meaningful impact. The smiling face of these children facing such adversities, target our heart. The image of dancing girls in Nigeria with Malala's father seems to be a celebration of the bravery of these girls as they strive to educate themselves.|
|What Is Happening Around The World|
"Education continues to be denied to girls as a result of cultural and social norms and practices that perpetuate harmful stereotypes about appropriate roles for women and reinforce the idea that education is ‘wasted’ on girls. Gender-related violence and other forms of discrimination within schools also contribute to a high rate of school abandonment by girls. Alongside the socio-cultural factors that give rise to violations of girls’ human rights, there are other legal, political and economic obstacles that may limit the full implementation of the right to education for girls. Several recent cases of attacks against girls accessing education have highlighted the fragile nature of achievements in increasing the accessibility, availability, adaptability, acceptability and quality of education for all. These events include the killing of more than 100 children in a Pakistani Taliban attack at an army school in Peshawar in December 2014, the abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls in April 2014 by the Boko Haram movement in northeast Nigeria, the 2012 shooting of education activist Malala Yousafzai by members of the Taliban in Pakistan, several incidents of poisoning and acid attacks against schoolgirls in Afghanistan between 2012 and 2014, the reported forced removal of girls from schools in Somalia to become ‘wives’ of Al-Shabaab fighters in 2010, and the abduction and rape of girls at a Christian school in India in July 2013.8 According to United Nations’ sources, more than 3,600 separate attacks against educational institutions, teachers and students were recorded in 2012 alone. Attacks on schools in at least 70 different countries were documented during the period 2009-2014, with a number of these attacks being specifically directed at girls, parents and teachers advocating for gender equality in education. In addition to targeted attacks, many more girls around the world routinely experience gender-related violence and other forms of discrimination that limit or prohibit the free exercise of their right to education."
“An educated girl is less vulnerable to violence, less likely to marry and have children when still a child herself, and more likely to be literate and healthy into adulthood – as are her own children. Her earning power is increased and she is more likely to invest her income for the benefit of her family, community and country. It is not an exaggeration to say educating girls can save lives and transform futures.”
Due To Lack of Education
|Some Statistics You Should Know|
14 million girls under 18 will be married this year(2012); 38 thousand today; 13 girls in the last 30 seconds.
Percentages of girls getting married under the age of 18 in the following counteries,which are also known for the least amount of girls education:
66 million girls are out of school globally.
|Why We Need To Invest In Girls Education|
The education of girls and women can lead to a wide range of benefits – from improved maternal health, reduced infant mortality and fertility rates to increased prevention against HIV and AIDS.
|About The Author|
Hi! I am Rageene Berry, and I am currently a Forensic Science student at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice. I am an international student from India and was born in the northern state of Punjab in India. I come from a big Indian family, and I don’t remember a time when I didn’t have my parents, aunts, uncles or cousins around me. My favorite people in the world are possibly my nephews and nieces. I can’t imagine my life without a single one of these people. I have recently shifted to New York, and it’s been an amazing experience up until now. I have met the most amazing and different people here just like the people in my group for this project. I am trying to explore the city as much as I can, and my favorite thing to do is just to walk down a street and just eat new food and soak in everything I can. I also love going to a museum on a free day and lucky for me New York has a lot of those. Coming to New York has made me want to travel the world even more.
How to Cite This:
Berry, R.(2015). "Education For Girls" Digital Spectrum: First Year Digital Essays, Stories, and Projects, 2, 1. Retrieved from https://johnjay.digication.com/digital_spectrum/RAGEENE-BERRY
Edited by Luc Pitre