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From the Transitions to Work program.
Published: March 22, 2022
As many of you will know International Women’s Day has just passed by on the 8th March as it has been, for the past 113 years. International Women’s Day first event was actually hosted by the socialist party of America which was in New York at the time – Originally called ‘Women’s Day’.
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. To celebrate this I thought I would share two highly inspirational women who have been activists too girls/women’s rights when it comes to their right to education.
Malala is a Pakistani activist for female education, she is also the youngest Nobel prize laureate. Malala began to speak publicly on behalf of other young girls like herself about their right to learn. Unfortunately in October 2012, Malala was shot on the left side of her head by a gunman on her school bus, it was not until 10 days later that she then woke up.
By this point people around the world were talking and praying for her recovery. Two years later Malala joined her family in the UK after rehabilitation and surgeries. She decided that she would not be silenced by her attack and that in fact she would work harder and louder to be heard by establishing a charity which would be and still is dedicated to every girl around the world to achieve a future that she chooses. Malala has since then continued her work within the charity and has even graduated from Oxford University.
It just goes to show that there can be tough times surrounding girls/women in education but it is important to choose and speak out for your rights as a woman.
Michelle Obama was an exceptional student. By the age of 11, she had been placed in a class for gifted children, and excelled throughout her high school career. She attended Princeton University, studying sociology and running a daycare centre for the children of minority students. After graduating, she went on to study law at Harvard, and worked as a lawyer as well as in non-profit organisations.
As the First Lady, Michelle Obama launched Let Girls Learn, a White House initiative aimed at making education available to girls around the world. In her post-White House career, she has been the architect of a major project, the Global Opportunity Alliance. Their aim is to empower adolescent girls around the world through education, allowing them to achieve their full potential and transform their families, communities, and countries.
I hope everyone who reads this blog is able to see an achievement in something that you have done whether that be related to education, politics, small achievements, big achievements and be proud of yourself for it.
Have a great weekend ahead.