#STRONGER THAN – #BRING BACK OUR GIRLS#
Today, July 14th is marked by UN as the Malala Day. Malala Yousafzai is the 17 year old Pakistinian girl, shot by Taliban in 2012 for the active role she played in advocating girl-child education in her community.
I keep imagining it, a teenager, fearlessly writing a blog for BBC on the travails going on in her community of Swat as it affects the right to education of the girl-child. This act almost cost her life when she was shot. One would think that naturally, as one this young that she would cower in fear after the horrible experience she had. But the attempt on her life only served as fuel to the fire already burning in her to act, speak, write and make a change, positive change in her world. I look back at what I was doing with my life at that age and I marvel at such wisdom and courage.
This year, Malala celebrates her Day in Nigeria where she is visiting with her father, campaigning for the release of the 234 abducted Chibok girls because according to her, they are her sisters. She has met with some parents of these abducted girls and some of the girls that escaped.image BBC
Here, I only wish to underscore Malala’s injunction that we should ‘stand up for education’. Friends, let us stand up for education, especially education of the girl-child in any way we can. We all must not be shot at or make international headlines to create an impact. Remember the saying that if you think you are too small to make an impact, then look at the mosquitoes.
There are numerous ways we can lend our voices to Malala’s to ensure that these little girls’ rights to education and better lives cease to be trampled upon. If you can write, then WRITE; if you can sing, SING; if you can sponsor, SPONSOR; if you can mentor/teach, by all means MENTOR/TEACH; if you can encourage, do ENCOURAGE. Malala’s story has shown us that no effort is too little, in time it snowballs into something big and meaningful especially when pooled together. We need not wait to be millionaires to achieve something worthwhile in life.
Closing with Malala’s birthday wish;
“My birthday wish is that we all raise our voices for those under oppression to show our own power and courage is stronger than their campaign of fear”
It is my earnest prayer that these girls are brought back soonest to pick up the broken pieces of their lives as best they could.