Plan International Joins the Malala Fund to Raise Voices for Malala Day
NEW YORK - The Malala Fund is delighted to announce that this year, Monday, July 14, 2014 will mark a day that in October of 2012, seemed as if might never happen: Malala Yousafzai turns another year older and completes another year of school. Inspired by the bravery and sacrifice of the recently kidnapped schoolgirls in Northern Nigeria, Malala is calling on supporters to make her birthday wish that every girl has a safe, quality education a reality and join her in declaring that girls’ power and courage is stronger than any campaign of fear.
Education advocate Malala’s courage and determination have illustrated how one girl can change the world and this year, she has asked that Malala Day focus not on her singular story, but instead on the inspiration and bravery of girls everywhere. In a new video, she asks all girls and those who support girls’ education to post their own inspiring messages of what they are #strongerthan and have overcome in their own fight for education.
A World at School, Brookings Center for Universal Education, CHIME FOR CHANGE, Code.org, Free The Children, Girl Rising, Girls Who Code, The UN Foundation’s Girl Up campaign, Global Partnership for Education, lead advocacy partner Global Citizen, Nike Foundation, Pencils of Promise, Plan International, RESULTS, RYOT.ORG, Save the Children, She’s the First, UNICEF and Vital Voices Global Partnership have all partnered with the Malala Fund to make Malala’s birthday wish a reality by raising their voices and engaging supporters online for Malala Day.
Malala said: “On my birthday last year — the very first 'Malala Day' — I stood before the UN and spoke up for girls' rights. You joined with letters, messages and photos of support. Thank you.
Malala continued: This year, we need to raise our voices even louder. I'm asking you to stand with me again on Malala Day, July 14th, to say: We are stronger than the enemies of education. We are stronger than fear, hatred, violence and poverty."
On her 16th birthday, Malala delivered a speech on global education at the United Nations Headquarters in New York – her first public speech since being targeted by the Taliban for her commitment to education. This day became known as Malala Day, a day when we come together to take action, make pledges and raise our voices together to support girls' education, so that those without a voice can be heard.
“Malala day is not my day,” said Malala at the first Malala Day at the United Nations in 2013. “ It is the day of every woman, every boy and every girl who have raised their voice for their rights.”
By visiting www.malala.org, everyone can show their support for Malala's birthday wish and share their own photos and messages via social media utilizing the Malala Day hashtag #strongerthan.
Partners will be engaging their communities online and in real time, asking them to donate, advocate and drive awareness for girls' education.
Supporters are encouraged to also donate to girls' education projects globally, either directly at partner websites or through a “Birthday Wish” Fund at malala.org.
About Plan International USA
Plan International USA is part of the Plan International Federation, a global organization that works side by side with communities in 50 developing countries to end the cycle of poverty for children and their families. Plan works at the community level to develop customized solutions and ensure long-term sustainability. Our solutions are designed up-front to be owned by communities for generations to come and range from clean water and health care programs to education projects and child protection initiatives. For more information, please visit www.PlanUSA.org.