Malala Yousafzai is an inspiration. A young girl living in Pakistan, she was shot by the Taliban simply because she wanted to go to school. Since that moment, she has captured the attention of the world with her bravery, becoming a voice for the rights of girls everywhere. This is a letter to Malala, illustrated with beautiful photographs.
'Dear Malala, we have never met before, but I feel like I know you.' Girls from around the world express their sympathy, sisterhood and admiration for her. Many of them know first-hand the barriers that stand in the way of girls going to school – barriers like poverty, discrimination and violence. In Malala these girls recognize a leader, a champion, and a friend.
Rosemary McCarney is former head of the Plan International Canada, where she helped create the very important 'Because I am a Girl' initiative and worked to have an International Day of the Girl declared by the United Nations to celebrate the lives of girls and draw attention to the particular challenges they face. A lawyer by training Rosemary has put those skills to use in nearly 100 countries around the world. She is now Canadian ambassador to the United Nations. Founded in 1937, Plan International is one of the world’s oldest and largest international charities, working in partnership with millions of people around the world to end global poverty. Not for profit, independent, and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, Plan has only one agenda: to improve the lives of children. Because I am a Girl is Plan’s global initiative to end gender inequality, promote girls’ rights, and lift millions of girls – and everyone around them – out of poverty. On the first International Day of the Girl on 11 October, 2012, Plan launched a global campaign to ensure every girl in the world gets a minimum of nine years of quality education.