The acceptance in December 2014 by child education activist Malala Yousafzai of the Nobel Peace Prize is a massive vindication of her campaigning work and will help give a voice to millions of girls who are deprived of education, according to children’s development agency Plan Ireland.
Malala has previously supported Plan Ireland’s Because I am a Girl campaign, by “Raising her Hand” for girls’ education. She visited Ireland to accept the Tipperary Peace Prize in 2013.
To coincide with her acceptance of the award, Plan has released a video of how girls from around the world are celebrating Malala’s win by using her words to fight for education as part of Plan’s Because I am a Girl campaign.
Malala, now 17, was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman two years ago in Pakistan after coming to prominence for her campaigning for girls’ education. She has become the youngest ever recipient of the award.
Plan Ireland, CEO David Dalton said;
“All at Plan Ireland hugely welcome Malala’s accolade today. Her struggle for girls’ education has been heroic and she richly deserves the award. This young campaigner has become an inspiration to millions. This is an extraordinary, brave young women who, when faced with death, refused to give up and refused to be silenced.
Malala has become iconic in representing many girls’ difficult struggle to obtain their rightful education, and there are millions of ‘other Malalas’ across the world – a whole generation of girls and boys who are excluded daily from learning by violence, discrimination or harmful traditional practices.
Plan is working with these “other Malalas,” the 65 million girls worldwide who do not attend primary or secondary school to provide educational and training opportunities.”
Because I am a Girl is Plan’s campaign to fight gender inequality, promote girls’ rights and lift millions of girls out of poverty. It aims to reach millions of girls directly improving their lives with access to school, skills, livelihoods and protection. We will also achieve these improvements through better family and community support and access to services for girls.