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Michelle Obama announced the launch of the #62MillionGirls campaign at last weekend’s Global Citizen Festival in Central Park. In a video message to the global audience, FLOTUS talked about how personal it is for her to work toward improving the state of education for girls worldwide. “I see myself in these girls. I see my daughters in these girls. These girls are our girls, and I simply cannot walk away from them. So for me, this is truly a moral issue. Read More
Almost one year ago, more than 200 girls were abducted in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria by the group Boko Haram. The internet was in uproar, people published graphic after graphic, world leaders swore to be involved—but in spite of all those promises and stances, 219 girls are still missing. A series of turbulent events both in the United States and internationally has turned media attention away from these young women and to other issues. International efforts—including negotiating jailed Boko Haram fighters for the girls—has failed. Read More
If you haven't already heard, last week 17-year-old Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai became the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize. You go girl! For the majority of her life, Malala has been advocating for education of girls. She has expressed that she believes that with a more educated world, it will become a better place. Malala grew up in the Taliban-occupied Swat Valley, where her father started a school for girls. The school was overtaken by the Taliban in 2004. Read More
The recent shooting of Malala Yousafzai has torn me up. Deeply. You’d have to be an automaton to feel anything but grief. But she continues to hang on, and along with the rest of the world, I'm hoping that her doctors' most recent predictions--that she'll make a "decent recovery"--will turn out to be true.     I mourn the disruption, if not the destruction, of a young and very promising life. But violence is often a response to fear, and it gives me hope—real, fierce hope—that the Taliban is so terrified of a teenage girl. They should be. Read More