“Global Symbol” of the Right To Education

July 12, 2013 is Malala Day

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon commemorated July 12 as Malala Day. The day is intended to represent the goal of education for all children.

In honour of the Pakistani child activist Malala Yousafzai, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon extended his support to the young girl and her fight for education, describing her as the “global symbol” of every girl’s right to education.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malala_Day

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At UN, Malala Yousafzai rallies youth to stand up for universal education

12 July 2013 un.org

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for attending classes, today addressed hundreds of young people at the United Nations, urging them to use education as a weapon against extremism.

“Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One teacher, one book, one pen, can change the world,” Ms. Yousafzai said, in an impassioned address to the UN Youth Assembly.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has dubbed today – Ms. Yousafzai’s 16th birthday – ‘Malala Day’ in honour of her heroic stand to ensure education for all. The meeting, which featured nearly 1,000 youth leaders, was addressed by former United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown, in his capacity as UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Vuk Jeremić, President of the General Assembly, and Ahmad Alhendawi, the Special Envoy on Youth.

Ms. Yousafzai told the gathering that the Taliban’s attack nine months ago changed nothing in her life, except that “weakness, fear and hopelessness died.”

“The extremists were, and they are, afraid of books and pens,” she said. “The power of education frightens them. They are afraid of women.” Urging worldwide action against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism, she said: “Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons.”

This call to action was delivered just as the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization (UNESCO) Education for All Global Monitoring Report, launched a new policy paper spotlighting that globally, the number of children out of school has fallen from 60 million in 2008 to 57 million in 2011. However, 28 million children out of school live in the world’s conflict zones, and more than half of those are women and girls.

For more: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=45395&Cr=education&Cr1=#.UeCI8Bbv0aV

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28 Responses to “Global Symbol” of the Right To Education

  1. CR says:

    WH

    Saturday, July 13, 2013

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  2. CR says:

    July 12, 2013 is Malala Day

    United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon commemorated July 12 as Malala Day. The day is intended to represent the goal of education for all children.

    In honour of the Pakistani child activist Malala Yousafzai, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon extended his support to the young girl and her fight for education, describing her as the “global symbol” of every girl’s right to education.

    For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malala_Day

    • CR says:

      In Pakistan, an Activist Schoolgirl is Shot by the Taliban

      OCTOBER 9, 2012 ⋅BY ADELINE SIRE ⋅ theworld.org

      Summary:

      A 14-year-old schoolgirl who campaigned for girls’ education in north-west Pakistan has been shot and wounded.

      Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head or neck by an unidentified man as she traveled home from school, in Mingora in SWAT.

      A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban told the BBC that they shot her.

      Yousafzai wrote a regular diary for the BBC Urdu language service in Pakistan under the name of Gul Makai while the Taliban was in control of SWAT three years ago and girls’ education was banned.

      Her diary entries were translated into English and Yousafzai became well-known.

      The girl is currently in critical condition at a Peshawar hospital.

      The BBC’s Haroon Rashid says the attack happened some time after Yousafzai told an interviewer that President Barack Obama is her “idol” and that she praises “what he’s doing for peace in the world.”

      For the audio interview: http://www.theworld.org/2012/10/pakistan-schoolgirl-taliban/

      • CR says:

        Pakistani Girl Shot by Taliban Sent to Britain

        October 15, 2012 VOA News

        Pakistan’s military says the 14-year-old schoolgirl who was recently shot by the Taliban has been sent to Britain for medical treatment.

        The military said Monday that a panel of doctors recommended Malala Yousafzai’s transfer to a British facility “which has the capability to provide integrated care to children who have sustained severe injury.” The teenager was being treated in military hospitals in the Pakistani cities of Peshawar and Rawalpindi.

        Taliban gunmen shot Yousafzai in the neck and head on October 9 as she left school in the northwestern area of Swat Valley. The Taliban said it targeted the girl because she spoke out against the militant group.

        The Pakistani military said Monday doctors agreed that Yousafzai “will require prolonged care to fully recover from the physical and psychological effects of trauma that she has received.” The military said she will need the repair or replacement of “damaged bones of the skull and long-term rehabilitation.”

        The United Arab Emirates provided an air ambulance for Yousafzai’s trip to Britain, where British Foreign Secretary William Hague said she will be receiving specialist medical care at a public hospital.

        Yousafzai has been internationally recognized for promoting education for girls and documenting Taliban atrocities in the area near her home in the northwestern Swat Valley.

        British Foreign Secretary Hague said Monday “last week’s barbaric attack on Malala Yousafzai and her school friends shocked Pakistan and the world.” He said, “Malala’s bravery in standing up for the right of all young girls in Pakistan to an education is an example to us all.”

        For more: http://www.voanews.com/content/wounded-pakistani-girl-sent-to-britain/1526564.html

      • CR says:

        October 11, 2012

        Statement by the Press Secretary on the First Annual International Day of the Girl

        On this first International Day of the Girl, the United States reaffirms our abiding commitment to promoting the rights and status of girls here in the United States and around the world. We know that when girls have access to education and health care, are safe from violence, and have equal opportunities to reach their full potential, families and communities are more likely to thrive and countries are more likely to prosper. That is why the Obama Administration has worked to ensure access to quality health care for all our young people; to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls, including human trafficking; and to promote gender equity in education, including in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields.

        We are reminded of the urgency of this work by the outrageous attack this week by the Pakistani Taliban on 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai. Malala’s courage and determination as a champion for girls’ education and opportunity stands in stark contrast to the cowards who seek to silence her Like so many Pakistanis and people of goodwill around the world, the American people are shocked by this deplorable shooting of a girl who was targeted because she dared to attend school, and we reaffirm our commitment to working with the Pakistani people toward a future that delivers progress, justice and peace to all its citizens.

        As we pray for Malala’s recovery, we honor her bravery, we celebrate the accomplishments of girls here in the United States and throughout the world, and we salute the leadership of all those working to advance gender equality.. On this International Day of the Girl, we pledge to carry on our work and keep advancing our shared vision of a world where our daughters enjoy the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons.

    • CR says:

      At UN, Malala Yousafzai rallies youth to stand up for universal education

      12 July 2013 un.org

      Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for attending classes, today addressed hundreds of young people at the United Nations, urging them to use education as a weapon against extremism.

      “Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One teacher, one book, one pen, can change the world,” Ms. Yousafzai said, in an impassioned address to the UN Youth Assembly.

      Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has dubbed today – Ms. Yousafzai’s 16th birthday – ‘Malala Day’ in honour of her heroic stand to ensure education for all. The meeting, which featured nearly 1,000 youth leaders, was addressed by former United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown, in his capacity as UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Vuk Jeremić, President of the General Assembly, and Ahmad Alhendawi, the Special Envoy on Youth.

      Ms. Yousafzai told the gathering that the Taliban’s attack nine months ago changed nothing in her life, except that “weakness, fear and hopelessness died.”

      “The extremists were, and they are, afraid of books and pens,” she said. “The power of education frightens them. They are afraid of women.” Urging worldwide action against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism, she said: “Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons.”

      This call to action was delivered just as the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization (UNESCO) Education for All Global Monitoring Report, launched a new policy paperspotlighting that globally, the number of children out of school has fallen from 60 million in 2008 to 57 million in 2011. However, 28 million children out of school live in the world’s conflict zones, and more than half of those are women and girls.

      For more: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=45395&Cr=education&Cr1=#.UeCI8Bbv0aV

    • CR says:

      Malala Day: Promoting Education for All

      JULY 10, 2013 POSTED BY ZEENAT RAHMAN – state.gov

      Pakistani School Girls Stand Under a Poster Featuring Malala
      This Friday, 500 young leaders from nearly 90 countries will convene at the United Nations headquarters for a UN Youth Assembly on global education with a very special guest speaker — Malala Yousufzai. Their mission is simple and profound: to accelerate the goal of getting all children, especially girls, in school and learning by 2015.

      The UN Secretary-General has declared July 12, Malala Day. Malala Yousafzai captured the world’s attention when she was targeted and attacked in Pakistan for advocating for any girls’ right to attend school. Her efforts around education and self-determination for young people around the world have only been strengthened after this incident. This Friday, on her 16th birthday, she will deliver her first public speech at the United Nations and present a youth resolution — The Education We Want — to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Malala provides a powerful example of how young people around the world are directly addressing our global challenges.

      For more: https://blogs.state.gov/stories/2013/07/10/malala-day-promoting-education-all

    • CR says:

      Malala Yousafzai addresses United Nations Youth Assembly

      Published on Jul 12, 2013

      United Nations, New York, 12 July 2013 – Education activist Malala Yousafzai marks her 16th birthday, on Friday, 12 July 2013 at the United Nations by giving her first high-level public appearance and statement on the importance of education.

      Malala became a public figure when she was shot by the Taliban while travelling to school last year in Pakistan — targeted because of her committed campaigning for the right of all girls to an education. Flown to the United Kingdom to recover, she is now back at school and continues to advocate for every child’s right to education.

      In support of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI), on 12 July — declared as “Malala Day” — the President of the UN General Assembly and the UN Special Envoy for Global Education with the support of A World at School initiative are organizing the UN Youth Assembly, where more than 500 young leaders from around the world will convene to accelerate the goal of getting all children, especially girls, in school and learning by 2015.

    • CR says:

      Girls fight to stay in school

      Published on Jul 11, 2013

      United Nations, 11 July 2013 – Disastrous flooding in Pakistan has destroyed countless schools throughout the country. But the rebuilding efforts have presented an opportunity for change in traditional attitudes towards girls’ education.

    • CR says:

      President Obama and first lady meet with Malala Yousafzai

      10/11/13 8:20 PM EDT By NICK GASS – POLITICO44

      Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani girl whose activism for girls’ education has won her worldwide praise, visited President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their eldest daughter Malia at the White House today.

      “Across the globe there are girls who will one day lead nations, if only we afford them the chance to choose their own destinies,” the president said in a statement. “And on every continent, there are girls who will go on to change the world in ways we can onlyimagine, if only we allow them the freedom to dream.”

      The teenager survived a school-bus assassination attempt by a Taliban gunman last October.

      Yousafzai received the European Union’s Sakharov human rights prize on Thursday and was widely seen as a top contender for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, which went to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

      • CR says:

        Malala says she’s no Western puppet

        10/13/13 1 hour ago AFP

        Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani advocate for girls education who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012, opens the Library of Birmingham in Birmingham, England on September 3, 2013 (AFP Photo/Paul Ellis)

        London (AFP) – Malala Yousafzai hit back at claims that she has become a figure of the West, insisting she was proud to be a Pakistani.

        The 16-year-old, who was shot by the Taliban for championing girls’ right to an education, claimed she retained the support of people in her homeland, and reiterated her desire to enter Pakistani politics.

        The activist was shot in the head on her school bus on October 9 last year for speaking out against the Taliban.

        She was flown for specialist care in Britain, where she has continued her education, while she has been feted and honoured in the West.

        On Thursday, she won the European Union’s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize, while US President Barack Obama welcomed her to the White House on Friday.

        Asked in a BBC television interview broadcast Sunday about some people in Pakistan thinking she was a “figure of the West” and “a Westerner now”, she said: “My father says that education is neither Eastern or Western. Education is education: it’s the right of everyone.

        “The thing is that the people of Pakistan have supported me. They don’t think of me as Western. I am a daughter of Pakistan and I am proud that I am a Pakistani.

        “On the day when I was shot, and on the next day, people raised the banners of ‘I am Malala’. They did not say ‘I am Taliban’.

        “They support me and they are encouraging me to move forward and to continue my campaign for girls’ education.”

        She highlighted the problem of education in the midst of the Syrian conflict.

        “We want to help every child in every country that we can,” she said.

        “We will start from Pakistan and Afghanistan and Syria now, especially because they are suffering the most and they are on the top that need our help.

        “Later on in my life I want to do politics and I want to become a leader and to bring the change in Pakistan.

        “I want to be a politician in Pakistan because I don’t want to be a politician in a country which is already developed.”

  3. CR says:

    US soccer<br />

    July 13, 2013
    U.S. Men vs. Cuba
    1:30 p.m. MT
    Rio Tinto Stadium
    Sandy, Utah

  4. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Great topic, CR. Malala’s courage and grace are awesome.

  5. CR says:

    WEEKLY ADDRESS: Strengthening our Economy by Passing Bipartisan Immigration Reform

    WASHINGTON, DC— In this week’s address, President Obama said that two weeks ago, a large bipartisan majority in the Senate voted to pass commonsense immigration reform, which would add a big boost to our economy, strengthen Social Security, and modernize our legal immigration system to make it more consistent with our values. The President urges Congress to quickly take action to fix our broken immigration system and keep America strong for years to come.

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House
    July 13, 2013

    Hi, everybody. Two weeks ago, a large bipartisan majority of Senators voted to pass commonsense, comprehensive immigration reform – taking an important step towards fixing our broken immigration system once and for all.

    This bill was a compromise, and neither side got everything they wanted. But it was largely consistent with the key principles of commonsense reform that most of us in both parties have repeatedly laid out. If passed, the Senate’s plan would build on the historic gains we’ve made in border security over the past four years with the most aggressive border security plan in our history. It would offer a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million people who are in this country illegally – a pathway that includes paying penalties, learning English, and going to the end of the line behind everyone trying to come here legally. And it would modernize our legal immigration system to make it more consistent with our values.

    The Senate’s plan would also provide a big boost to our recovery. And on Wednesday, we released a report detailing exactly how big a boost that would be.

    The report is based on the findings of independent, nonpartisan economists and experts who concluded that, if the Senate’s plan becomes law, our economy will be 5% larger in two decades compared to the status quo. That’s $1.4 trillion added to our economy just by fixing our immigration system.

    Here in America, we’ve always been a nation of immigrants. That’s what’s kept our workforce dynamic, our businesses on the cutting edge, and our economy the strongest in the world. But under the current system, too many smart, hardworking immigrants are prevented from contributing to that success.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/07/13/weekly-address-strengthening-our-economy-passing-bipartisan-immigration-

  6. Good morning old friends. Haven’t posted for a while, but I still lurk. Thanks CR for the great information you provide day in and day out. It is much appreciated.

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  9. CR says:

    WH

    Sunday, July 14, 2013

    All Times Eastern

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  10. CR says:

    Sunday talk show tip shee

    By TAL KOPAN | 7/12/13 2:16 PM EDT Updated: 7/12/13 7:19 PM EDT

    “Meet the Press” on NBC
    • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
    • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
    • Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)
    • Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D)
    • Republican strategist Steve Schmidt

    “Face the Nation” on CBS
    • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
    • Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.)
    • Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.)
    • Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.)
    • Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)

    “This Week” on ABC
    • Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.)
    • Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.)
    • Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)
    • Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
    • Mark Leibovich, author of “This Town”
    • Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D)

    “Fox News Sunday” on Fox
    • Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)
    • Rep. Steve Israel of New York, chairman, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
    • Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas), chairman, Homeland Security Committee
    • Republican strategist Karl Rove
    • Former Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.)

    “State of the Union” on CNN
    • Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R)
    • Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D)
    • Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.)
    • Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.)

    “Political Capital” on Bloomberg TV
    • Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)

    “Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
    • Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman, House Judiciary Committee

    “Al Punto” on Univision
    • Diaz-Balart
    • Rep. Xavier Becerra of California, chairman, House Democratic Caucus

  11. CR says:

    July 14, 2013

    Statement by the President

    The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.

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