A Growing Movement
by PJ Kadzik, Girl Up
There are 600 million adolescent girls in the world today, all part of the largest youth generation this world has ever seen. While girls in the United States are more educated, socially connected, and empowered than ever before, many girls in developing countries still struggle for basic rights like the opportunity to go to school, see a doctor, or have a voice in their communities.
Education is key to healthy, productive life, yet more than half of the 67 million children that are not in school are girls. Girls who do receive an education marry later, have fewer children and are more likely to seek healthcare for themselves and their children. The positive impact of girls' education has been shown to transcend generations, resulting in better health outcomes among women, their children, and eventually, their grandchildren.
Malala Yousafzai, a 15-year-old education champion, believes in equity and justice for all. On October 9, 2012 she was targeted by the Taliban for advocating on behalf of girls' education and was shot in the head while returning home on a school bus. Even while she recovers from this horrible act of violence she continues to remind us why education is a fundamental right for children all over the world, boys and girls alike.
Through Girl Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation, you can show your support for Malala and the 32 million girls like her who are denied the right to an education. Join Girl Up supporters all over the world who are taking action by recording a video message of hope for Malala. The key is to use your imagination, have fun, and speak from your heart. Keep your message between 30-60 seconds long and be creative!
If you are a high school or college student, submit your video on the Girls Impact World Film Festival website. If you are not in high school or college, but would still like to send a video, please send a YouTube link to your video to info@GirlUp.org with your name, age, city and state, and email address. Make sure the YouTube link is not private.
Be part of the growing movement for girls' education as you take a stand for Malala with Girl Up. Learn more ways to get involved at GirlUp.org.
PJ Kadzik is an intern at GirlUp.