On Oct. 9, 2012, Malala Yousufzai was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban while she rode the bus home from school. The Pakistani 15-year-old—as well as her family—had been targeted because of her work advocating for female education in her country.
Now recovering in Britain, Yousufzai's father says he’s confident his daughter will "rise again."
She won’t be alone. Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Selena Gomez, Liam Neeson, Priyanka Chopra, Chloë Moretz, Freida Pinto, Salma Hayek, Meryl Streep, Alicia Keys, and Kerry Washington have all lent their voices and support to Girl Rising, a film that follows a handful of the 66 million girls campaigning for their right to go to school.
"Even if you send me away, I will come back every day until I can stay," Wadley, a child from Haiti, tells a teacher in the movie. In theaters March 7, Girl Rising releases one day before International Women’s Day, an official holiday in Afghanistan, Russia, Uganda, Ukraine, Vietnam, and several other countries including Cambodia, where the Khmer Rouge wiped out nearly every modern advance in health care, civic life, and literacy in the 1970s.
Equally horrific, End Child Prostitution, Abuses and Trafficking (ECPAT) reports that as many as one third of Cambodia’s trafficking victims in prostitution are children.
Join Malala Yousufzai, Meryl Streep, and countless other females around the world in their crusade to educate every girl by donating to the 10×10 Fund for Girls’ Education. Just $50 pays for one girl’s education for an entire year, and an extra year of schooling can earn her 20% more as an adult. Learn more at GIRLRISING.com.
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