16 October 2013

Educating girls: Malala Yousafzai, I Am A Girl and Girl Rising.

I'm in awe at how passionate activist, 2013 Nobel Prize nominee and survivor, Malala Yousafzai is about educating herself and ensuring all children are educated. She believes education is the key to peace - the key to changing the world. Shot in the face by the Taliban in 2012, she said "I don't want revenge on the Taliban, I want education for sons and daughters of the Taliban.”

She believes education is a human right.

"Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution," Malala said.

Read more and listen to her only AustrĂ lian interview.

Watch her full interview with Jon Stewart below.


I watched two films about girls rights this past month - I Am a Girl and Girl Rising. Both films told the true stories of girls (mostly living in developing countries) around the world. The films covered issues of child slavery, child marriage, slavery, sexual violence, young motherhood, education, embedded poverty cycles and cultural oppression.

Despite the difficult topics, both films showed courage and hope - and the important role of education to change these girls' situations. Education can not only change their individual situations, but their families' and the wider world. Just like Malala. These girls are so passionate about learning. They know their future depends on an education.

"We cannot reach the sun with wings crafted from feathers and wax and desperation." - Girl Rising.

Education gives people the strength and knowledge to reach the sun.

This post is for Blog Action Day - bringing together bloggers from different countries, interests and languages to blog about one important global topic on the same day - today, 16 October. This year's theme is human rights.



  1. A very important day of action - education is the key to lift these women and future children from poverty. My post is coming soon.

  2. A subject so dear to my heart... http://iliska-dreams.blogspot.com.au/2013/07/educating-women.html. Thank you for this post and for the link to Girl Rising, have not seen this one yet. Would love for you to do a guest post and contribute to this series...

  3. Great post! I'm in awe of Malal too. She is an amazing advocate with such clarity of purpose and definitely a great choice of person to help highlight this year's Blog Action Day topic.

  4. Excellent! #Bad2013 Malala is also featured today on my blog:


  5. Excellent! Malala is also featured on my #Bad2013 post


  6. Malala is such an inspiration to girls and women everywhere. Her courage is amazing! I love the term "cultural oppression," which is what allows the abuse to be socially acceptable. Because then, it's not "me" perpetrating the abuse, that's just how it's always been done. Thank you for sharing!



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