Thursday, March 26, 2015

Malala Receives Tamgha-e-Shujatt (Medal for Bravery) 


Commissioner Abbas and Malala
Image from Pakistan's Business Recorder
Syed Ibne Abbas, High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, awarded Malala Yousafzai the prestigious Medal of Bravery on behalf of the President of Pakistan. The Commissioner commended Malala for being a symbol of hope and courage for her country.

Malala dedicated the civil award to the schoolchildren in Peshewar and schoolchildren accross Pakistan who are fighting for their education.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Bravest Girls in the World

In 2014 Glamour magazine created The Girl Project. The Girl Project is is a philanthropic global initiative that raises money to help young women all around the world receive a secondary education. The goal is to help the fifty million girls around the globe who are denied the right to an education.The Girl Project addresses the barriers girls face in pursuing an education by creating a way for women in the United States to support the education of girls all around the world.
Our readers were energized by Malala’s bravery and wanted to know what they could do to help courageous girls like her. Educating girls is proven to grow communities and even cut out the roots of terrorism. The fact that a group of women in, say, Des Moines can send a girl to school in Pakistan is one of the most optimistic acts I can think of, and we’re proud to partner with these knowledgeable organizations to help make it possible.
--Cindi Leive, Glamour Editor-In-Chief
Girl Heroes
Image from: www.glamour.com

The Girl Project highlights the stories of these brave girls, calling them Girl Heroes. To read their stories click here. To find out more about The Girl Project click here.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

All Girls Deserve Free, Quality Education 

Malala met Amina in Nigeria this past summer and found out they have quite a bit in common. Both stood up for their education in countries where girls' education is under attack. Both girls are now advocates for girls' and children's education. And now both girls are demanding that world leaders vote for 12 years of free, quality education for all children in the world when they meet this September. In particular they are fighting for all women and girls to be educated. Far too many women are only educated through primary school. Malala and Amina know this is not enough
When we imagine the power of all our sisters standing together on the shoulders of a quality education — our joy knows no bounds.
 --Malala and Amina

Amina, Malala, and two women from the Centre for Girls' Education in Nigeria
Image from: community.malala.org 

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Friday, March 6, 2015

International Women's Day Event on 3/7/2015

University of Wisconsin-Madison librarian Emilie Songolo and AFRICaide are hosting an International Women's Day event March 7th at Christ Presbyterian Church from 11:00-4:00 p.m.

The purpose of the even is to bring together women of all backgrounds to celebrate International Women's Day. The theme this year is "Make It Happen!" Many people, organizations and institutions have been engaged in improving the lives of women locally, nationally, and internationally. They work in areas such as economic development, community development, education, health, science and technology, politics and government, the arts, and women's empowerment. We would like to come together to celebrate their work, encourage others, and plan ways for improving the lives of women all over the world. We will also make items to donate to local communities.

You can find more information about the event here: Event Information

Watch and interview about the event below.


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Thursday, March 5, 2015

World Book Day is today March 5, 2015

J.K. Rowling, Malala, and Nelufar Hedayet at the Festival
In October, Malala spoke at the Edinburgh International Book Festival about the importance of books and education for all children. She was introduced by Harry Potter series author, J.K. Rowling. Below is what Rowling had this to say about Malala: "Malala is an inspiration to girls and women all over the world. It is a real honour for me to introduce her at the Edinburgh International Book Festival."
After being introduced by Rowling, Malala was interviewed by Nelufar Hedayet. Below are some of Malala's quotes about the importance of books and education:
My story is the story of thousands of children from around the world. I hope it inspires others to stand up for their rights.
If we want to see the next big change (of every child going to school) we need to become the change ourselves and bring the change.
More information about Malala and World Book Day can be found here.
Her interview can be found here.

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