The Powerful Voice of Malala Yousafzai and the Mission of GROW

Perhaps no story has more vividly illuminated the need for programs such as Girls Right to Opportunity Worldwide than that of Malala Yousafzai.

The then 14-year old Pakistani education advocate once told al-Jazeera TV, “If this new generation is not given pens, they will be given guns by terrorists.” On October 10, 2012, Yousufzai was shot and critically wounded by Taliban assailants.

The attack prompted an international outcry because of her brave exposure of everyday life under Taliban oppression. Her revealing BBC blog and support of children’s rights made her a hero to young women seeking empowerment through learning— and an enemy of the Taliban, who strongly oppose education for women. She has since gone on to travel internationally and speak out on behalf of intellectually ambitious young women everywhere. Her best-selling memoir, I Am Malala helped earn her a Nobel Peace Prize nomination and she is the recent recipient of the Anne Frank Courage Award.

Here, Malala Yousafzai remembers the Taliban’s rise to power in her Pakistani hometown and discusses her efforts to campaign for equal access to education for girls with Daily Show host Jon Stewart. Watch the video, get inspired, then read more about GROW and find out how you can get involved:

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