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What are you #strongerthan?
Today is the birthday of a girl who is the poster child of #BraveOnes. While many girls are wishing for a new gadget or maybe concert tickets, Malala Yousafzai is using her 17th birthday to bring awareness to the campaign #bringbackourgirls, an effort calling for the release of hundreds kidnapped Nigerian school girls. She says the girls, who she calls her sisters, still need the world’s help to bring them home.
How does a girl so young start displaying such unmatchable bravery and make such an impact on the world?
Malala’s story starts when she was only 11 years old, she began writing a blog for BBC expressing her views on education and life under the threat of the Taliban taking over her valley. As a child, terrorism and extremism have raged in her city and she has been forces to leave her home. At 14, Malala was awarded Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize after being nominated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. While her voice and profile were growing, she was shot by the Taliban for promoting female education, and barely survived the brutal attack. When most people would have stopped at this point, too afraid to continue, Malala raised her voice on an international stage, championing the fundamental right of all girls to basic rights and education. During her speech to the U.N she bravely stated,
“One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world”.
We at Leadercast believe in changing the world, and are absolutely honored to have Malala joining us at Leadercast 2015. She believes that helping girls requires a united stand, and is asking us to join her by responding with our own answer to a simple question, “What are you stronger than?”
For Malala the answer is simple, she is #StrongerThan Fear
Write #StrongerThan _____ on a piece of paper. Fill in the sentence as Malala did with “fear,” and tweet the picture of yourself holding your message. We at Leadercast Headquarters will be tweeting our messages throughout the week.
Today is #MalalaDay, a day to celebrate bravery and the right to education for all girls, world-wide.