Malala Yusufzai is a name now synonymous with courage and determination. However, Malala is usually associated with solving issues concerning Pakistani girls and their education.
She is now expanding her campaign and is raising her voice on behalf of all the girls who are denied the right to education.
This year on Malala Day, she has spoken up for more than 300 Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram, a terrorist organization that wants to impose an orthodox version of Islamic law in the region.
Similar to the Taliban who shot Malala, Boko Haram kidnapped the girls from schools because it is strictly against women’s education.
In the aftermath of this tragedy in Nigeria, an international campaign called #BringBackOurGirls began for which Boko Haram later released a video mocking it.
Demonstrating her role as a global champion for girls’ education, Malala took this cause upon her.
She flew to Nigeria to celebrate her 17th birthday and also talked to President Goodluck Jonathan, who assured the safe return of the girls.
Malala talked to the girls’ families and said, “I can see those girls as my sisters…and I’m going to speak up for them until they are released. I can feel…the circumstances under which you are suffering. It’s quite difficult for a parent to know that their daughter is in great danger.”
She told the world, “My birthday wish this year is…bring back our girls now, and alive.”
She also played football with the Kenyan school children.
Her visit proves that she is a global activist.