“Girls can be anything they dream – but they can’t do it without education.” These words were spoken by a true inspiration, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai. For those of you who are not familiar with this courageous young woman or who have read her book and want to know more, Davis Guggenheim’s documentary aims to bring her inspiring story to more people around the world. Set to be in theatres this coming October, “ He Named Me Malala” is sure to get everyone talking about the importance of education and furthermore, education equality.
Malala was only 15 when she was targeted by the Taliban and nearly killed by a gunshot on her school bus after school and survived. This heinous act was committed because of beliefs about girls not deserving an education, which then caused her and her father to begin advocating for girls’ worldwide. Her father said, “ When Malala was shot, she was reborn. Now, she’s leading and I’m one of her supporters. I have found her more successful than me, wiser than me, and more resilient than me. I have learned from her many things.” Together, she and her father began a nonprofit organization whose goal is to empower adolescent girls to reach their full potential through opportunity of secondary education. You can read more about and contribute to the Malala fund on their official Facebook page: Malala Fund Facebook. The documentary shows us how she in combination with her father, and her family are committed to fighting for education for all girls across the world. The film tells her amazing story and highlights everything from her love for education, to her speeches at the UN, to her everyday life with her parents and brothers.
In addition to her speeches at United Nations, Malala recently appeared on the Daily Show, and also met with Congress to talk about the importance of “investing in books, not bullets.” Malala is truly bringing countries, races, and families together in an effort to achieve her dream of quality education for all, especially girls. Malala is brave and strong for taking a stance as an education activist that isn’t always an easy one. She has been faced with a beautiful challenge and has more than risen to the occasion.
As Smart Girls, we too should join Malala in her efforts and take a stand for education equality not only for ourselves but other girls with goals like Malala. Smart girls stick together and by supporting Malala we can send a clear message to world leaders that the rights a girls and women to be prioritized. Education is a necessary foundation and no one should be denied an opportunity to gain skills that will ultimately lead them to being successful contributors to society. To see the recently released movie trailer for her upcoming film, you can visit the He Named Me Malala Facebook Page. You can also join many girls from around the world in powerful movements to unite #withstronggirls.