As she fights for her life in hospital,
Today, the girl from the Swat valley of
I have asked
Three years ago, at age 11, Malala told us in a blog, "I was afraid of going to school because the Taliban had issued an edict banning all girls from attending schools." She described how, "on my way from school to home I heard a man saying 'I will kill you.'" Banned from school, she told the world that, "my real name means 'grief stricken.'"
Now, as her name is broadcast across the world as an icon for courage and hope, I am determined that her shooting produces much more than just the talk of change. When I met President Zardari, we agreed to draw up a plan to put
I have talked to the president about expanding the cash support scheme organized by the Benazir Bhutto Income Support Program that incentivizes families to get their children, especially their daughters, to school. At the same time, we talked of expanding the U.K.-supported project in the Punjab that has already sent an additional 1 million children to school by insisting on attendance, teacher quality and proper administration.
Around the world, the campaign for girls' education -- a campaign that Malala now symbolizes -- is fighting evils which prevent us realizing our goal. Child marriage takes 10 million girls a year out of school and into marriages they did not choose; child labor prevents 15 million girls and boys under 14 from going to school; the conscription of child soldiers takes an estimated 100,000 girls out of school.
Our aim is to get governments, international NGOs and businesses together around the table to agree on practical proposals to turn the promise of education for every girl into a reality by the end of 2015.
It costs just
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