If you’ve been following girls’ education news or this blog, I’m sure you’ve already heard of Malala Yousafzai. Her story has flooded the international news circuit, and people across the globe are realizing just how dangerous it can be to be a girl with a book. Many have stood up to speak against the violent actions of the Taliban and to carry on Malala’s voice for education rights while she recovers — perhaps none more so than Gordon Brown, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education. (You can read his views on the situation here.)
On November 10, Brown is calling for a day of action in honor of Malala, and he’ll be hand-delivering a petition to President Zardari of Pakistan asking him to lead governmental policy changes to protect the right to education for all the girls in his country. He’ll set up a timetable with the president to ensure real change happens — the change Malala and so many girls like her need so desperately in their home country.
So it starts here: One girl, one petition, one slow start to policy change. You can sign the petition at educationenvoy.org, like we did, and be part of the movement for girls’ education with all of us at She’s the First.