There once was a girl who wanted to go to school. But some people around her did not want her to learn.They feared education would give her power. Those people had a meeting and decided to assassinate her. On October 9, 2012, they walked onto her school bus, asked for her by name and shot her in the head.
Her name is Malala Yousafzai.
As you may know, even their bullets couldn’t silence her.
Malala is one of the world’s most courageous leaders, and one of my personal heroes.On July 12th, Malala will turn 17 and finish another year of school.We’re partnering with Malala.org and other organizations to celebrate Malala Day on July 14th, and we’d love you to join us.
In the words of Malala:
“Malala Day is not my day. It is the day of every girl and every boy. It is a day when we come together to raise our voices, so that those without a voice can be heard.”
I am truly blessed to live in a part of the world where I’m free to speak my mind, to receive an education, and to build a company based on the belief that creating a business and a life you love is the birthright of all human beings.
This is a chance to do something meaningful to help millions of women and girls around the world who are denied an education and the opportunity to chase their dreams.
Change is possible. But we can’t wait for other people to make it happen. We are the change makers. It’s us.When we stand as one and raise our voices, we are stronger than hatred, stronger than ignorance, and stronger than violence. And together, our courage and power is stronger than their campaign of fear.
The world needs all of our gifts and it is our duty and right, to express them.
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP
If you care about creating a world that ensures everyone has an education and an opportunity to chase their dreams, realize that YOU have power. You have a voice. You have strength and influence. You don’t have to sit on the sidelines. You can help create change in one or several ways. Here are three to get you started.
1. Share Show the world what you’re stronger than by sharing this #StrongerThan hashtag on social media now through the official Malala Day on July 14th, 2014. Invite your friends, family and community to participate.
Here’s a tweetable to get you started:
3. PledgeTake a meaningful action. Our company is sponsoring 17 girls both here in the U.S. through an organization called Wishbone.org as well as girls around the world through our friend Tammy Tibbett’s organization, She’s The First.
Whatever a meaningful action means to you, make a promise and do it.Whether the enemy we face is a terrorist or our own fear or apathy - the only thing that will create change is if we come together, raise our voices and take action.
In the comments below, I’d love to hear from you. Please share what you are #StrongerThan and any actions you are taking to celebrate the education rights of all human beings on this special day.
Thanks for reading today, and for continuing to be a part of our incredible community. I know that the 193 countries represented by our MarieTV audience can truly cause global change.
With all my love and gratitude,