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Friday October 4th was the second annual international day for girls.

This year’s day focused on “Innovating for Girls’ Education”. The fulfillment of girls’ right to education is first and foremost an obligation and moral imperative. There is also overwhelming evidence that girls’ education, especially at the secondary level, is a powerful transformative force for societies and girls themselves: it is the one consistent positive determinant of practically every desired development outcome, from reductions in infant mortality, to poverty reduction and equitable growth, to social norm change and democratization.

Celebrate girls and the women they are becoming!

Malala was born in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, a relatively lawless region of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan. Described as a place of natural beauty, the Swat Valley is blessed with mountains and other magnificent natural features, including the Swat River. The serenity that this place could otherwise offer is, however, shattered by the presence of the Taliban.

Beneath every dark cloud is a silver lining, so goes the English saying. Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistan national, bears testimony to how things can turn for the better just when it seems all hope is lost.

• Watch Diane Sawyer’s interview with Malala was born in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, a relatively lawless region of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan. Described as a place of natural beauty, the Swat Valley is blessed with mountains and other magnificent natural features, including the Swat River. The serenity that this place could otherwise offer is, however, shattered by the presence of the Taliban. (source: streamafrica.com), a 15-year-old schoolgirl from Pakistan, was shot in the head by Taliban assassins in October 2012 because she wanted to go to school. Her story of courage, determination and hope for learning in the face of almost unimaginable odds captured the attention of the world and has inspired a global movement for girls’ education. Sawyer’s interview with Malala will air on a special edition of “20/20” on Friday, October 11 at 10:00 PM ET/PT.

• Watch Christiane Amanpour’s interview with Malala, in an event broadcast around the world, in front of a live town hall audience in New York. On stage with them will be Malala’s father and dozens of school children passionate about Malala’s cause. Be sure to tune in to CNN on Sunday, October 13 at 7pm ET, and see why Malala Yousafzai is The Bravest Girl in the World. All she wanted was to go to school.

• Google the “Girl Effect” and learn about how girls can change history.

Blessings,

s/Ann
Ann Scholz, SSND, PhD
Associate Director for Social Mission
Leadership Conference of Women Religious

 

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