Saturday, November 10, 2012

Dot Earth Blog: A Day for Malala and for Girls' Access to Schools

Unicef and other organizations focused on children and education are marking today as Malala Day, with the goal of focusing attention on the recovery and the mission of Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban last month for pressing for the right for girls to go to school.

In a taped message, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described Malala as ?a global symbol of every girl?s right to an education.? The Malala Fund has been established to help her family and her cause.

You can track a global conversation about her using the Twitter tag #iammalala and watch the feed here:

The Lede blog has a nice update on her condition (she?s able to read now), her fight and efforts to build a global movement for girls? access to education. She is recovering from her wounds at?Queen Elizabeth Hospital?in the Midlands city of Birmingham, England.

*In a story indicating that there?s a long way to go for this movement, Reuters reports:

As Pakistan marked ?Malala Day? in a global day of support for the teenager shot by the Taliban for promoting girls? education, security fears in her hometown meant her schoolmates could not honor her in public. [Read on.]

In case you missed it, this great video report by Adam Ellick of The Times describes Malala?s efforts in 2009:

[* An asterisk indicates a post-publication update.]


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