The world is familiar with Malala Yousafzai’s shocking story – the Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban over a year ago.
Now living and schooling in the UK, she is an education campaigner, a children’s and women’s rights activist.
Despite the overwhelming global support she’s received, she’s still under threat if she returns to her home country.
Guess what? She’s only 16.
Today is International Day of the Girl Child.
In this year’s observance, the focus is the basic human right for every girl to be given an education.
We tend to forget how good we have it here in Australia.
Just in my affluent neighbourhood, one of the biggest concern for parents is getting their children on the waiting list to the exclusive private school up the road.
And you know what? I really don’t understand the fuss.
Down the road is a perfectly, well-resourced primary public school where I can’t WAIT for the twinlets to start their education.
It has fantastic, motivated teachers, beautiful grounds for play and recreation, easy access to books, libraries and the internet. A school that has its own Stephanie Alexander garden gets a HUGE tick in my books.
So, why do we worry when there are countless of children, especially girls around the world who are deprived from the basic right to learn?
Instead, they’re forced to marry at a young age, sold to bonded labour and even prostitution.
66 million girls are currently out of school.
Yet, it’s a proven fact: educate a girl child and the society around them miraculously transforms.
Giving them the power to know about their political and human rights, even their sexual safety, allows them to grow and thrive as confident, self-sufficient women.
Tonight, I’m taking Mr Surfer to see the screening of “Girl Rising” – a documentary following 10 girls from different parts of the world and their struggles and triumphs to win the fight for education in their countries.
Supported by World Vision, the film is shown in all Australian major cities tonight with a second screening due in Sydney and a third in Melbourne.
Tickets can be bought here.
I’m imagining it’s not going to be what Mr Surfer and I will classify as ‘date night’. The stories will no doubt be heartbreaking but they will also be inspiring.
In the end, we can’t desensitize ourselves while others suffer.
To know about it is one step closer to wanting to do something to change it.
***This isn’t a sponsored post, by the way. I’ve been given tickets by World Vision to see the movie but I definitely would’ve bought them myself***
***All these beautiful images have been downloaded from here
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