PowerUp is a group just for girls which is all about being our best selves. We learn from the stories of girls who are world changers, like Malala Yousafzai, to inspire and excite us.
Malala Yousafzai is an incredible young woman who was the youngest recipient to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, and is a brilliant female activist for girls’ education. On October 9, 2012 Malala boarded a bus to advocate for Pakistani girls’ education when the Taliban shot her in the head and neck. She was 15. Malala not only survived, but kept fighting and speaking out for girls. Malala has shown incredible bravery and dedication in her fight for education.
In 2019 she is still working hard, as an advocate and an activist. When I think about Malala’s life, I see resilience shining out of her. She set up the Malala Fund, which empowers other young women in the developing world to change their lives and communities and she continues to speak for girls who don’t have a voice, like in her new book about refugees, We Are Displaced (Malala Yousafzai, 2019).
In her memoir, she writes “I told myself, Malala, you have already faced death. This is your second life. Don’t be afraid — if you are afraid, you can’t move forward.” (Malala Yousafzai, I Am Malala). The words we tell ourselves are significant. “If you are afraid, you can’t move forward” is a powerful thing to say to encourage moving forward. Why not try writing your own inspiring words this International Women’s Day? Some words that the girls at #PowerUp live by are ‘Live to Love, Love to Laugh’, ‘Challenge Accepted’ and ‘There is only one you, ~you’re unique ~ love yourself!’ Like Malala, we can all choose to use our words to speak words of life.