17 June 2013: Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who has become a global symbol of a girl’s right to an education, has given her support to Plan’s Raise Your Hand campaign.
Malala, and her father Ziauddin, have both raised their hands – a symbolic gesture which calls on the United Nations and governments around the world to make girls’ education a global priority.
It is the first time Malala has supported an international non-governmental organisation’s education work since she was shot by Taliban gunmen on her way to school in Pakistan last October – targeted for her support of girls’ education.
Raise your hand
So far, more than 600,000 people around the world have raised their hands.
The goal is to reach 1 million raised hands by October, when Plan will present them to the United Nations General Assembly calling for action.
Malala is now preparing to lead the first ever youth takeover of the United Nations in New York on her 16th birthday on 12 July – which has become known as Malala Day.
It will be the first time Malala has spoken in public since she was shot last year.
“This is an opportunity for every young person on the planet to get together and tell the world: we will get our education, be it at home, in school or any place,” says Malala.
Plan is one of the organisations supporting the youth takeover, and we are sending a group of young people to the UN to contribute to a communiqué on the UN’s education priorities post-2015.
In addition to activities in New York, Plan is hosting a live link-up with the event at the Southbank Centre in London, UK, which will be attended by hundreds of school children and youth representatives.
- 66 million girls across the world are out of school
- An extra year of secondary school increases a girl’s potential income by 15 to 25%
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Photo credit: A World at School 2013