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Malala Yousafzai inspires girls everywhere: “Although I only have one voice, I can make it a strong one.”

Today’s blog is about a new leader being born, inspired by role model, Malala Yousafzai. Rachel Peters is the fifth grade’s first-place winner in the 2014 Art Raab Memorial Essay Competition. Peters attends Larson Elementary, where her teacher is Mrs. Shlader. Students wrote on the theme: “Take a world event and talk about how Dr. […]

Malala Yousafzai Holds Space for a new kind of American leadership at the White House

Yesterday, Malala Yousafzai met with President Obama, sharing both her vision for education for women and girls and a challenge for US policy. She reported: “I thanked [him for] supporting education in Pakistan and Afghanistan and for Syrian refugees. I also expressed my concerns that drove attacks are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in […]

Malala Yousafzai wins Europe’s Sakharov Award: endangered empowering leadership

The honors keep piling up. Malala Yousafzai has won Europe’s Sakharov Award for her human rights work. And tomorrow, we may hear she has won a Nobel Peace Prize. What does this mean for this highly visible 16 year old global activist? A Canada.com profile notes, “European lawmakers awarded their top human rights prize, [a […]

Democratic Afghan Activist Malalai Joya: the Power of a Woman’s Voice

Malalai Joya (a pseudonym to protect her family from Taliban backlash) has been fighting both Taliban rule and US occupation for more than a decade. She was the youngest female MP (from 2005-2007) and continues to speak out for democracy, most recently at the First Middle East Women’s Conference in Turkey, organized by by DÖKH, […]

Update: Malala Yousafzai, and her upcoming book, “I am Malala”

Malala Yousafzai, education activist and survivor of a terrorist attack, will publish a book about her life, for a reported 2 million pounds. In the Guardian article, Yousafzai says, “”I hope this book will reach people around the world, so they realise how difficult it is for some children to get access to education. I […]

Update: Terrorist victim Malala Yousefzai released from the hospital

Pakistani education activist Malala Yousefzai is now an outpatient — with no brain damage, but further reconstructive surgery expected from an October 2012 attack. This is great news for Pakistan and Malala’s family. Doctors credit the resilience of her young brain, and her father credits the prayers of people all over the world. Yousefzai will […]

Reluctant Leaders: Women Under Post-Taliban Still Struggle

In Afghanistan, desperation fuels change. Kevin Sieff’s Washington Post article details a horrific story from Kabul. Farima, 17 year old girl who dreamed of being a doctor, was trapped in a pre-Taliban promise for marriage, and leapt from her roof to kill herself rather than marry her fiance. Instead of dying, she broke her back […]

UN Declares November 10 Malala Day: Yousefzai continues to lead by example

Malala Yousefzai’s attack by Taliban terrorists backfires on Extremists CNN reported international and Pakistani support for Yousefzai’s courageous leadership to support equal education of girls. Yesterday was Malala Day, and more than 2 million signatures on two separate petitions were presented to the Pakistani government — one from British citizens, and the other from Pakistani […]

#GIRLWITHABOOK

Originally posted on LENA SHAREEF:
Last Monday, my friend Olivia and I decided to launch this idea called #GIRLWITHABOOK. At the time we were venting to each other about how horrified and utterly disgusted we were by the Taliban’s sick attempt at killing Malala Yousafzai on her school bus, and we wanted to do something…

Malala Yousafzai: A Teen Leader, A World Beacon

In Islamabad, Pakistan, Taliban extremists shot 14-year old Malala Yousafzai because she was an effective leader, uniting people for education rights for girls. (See Washington Post article). The Post quoted an editorial in the News: “Malala Yousafzai is in critical condition today, and so is Pakistan….. We are infected with the cancer of extremism, and […]