Recently while enjoying a glass of wine as my daughters were getting ready for bed, my youngest daughter used that quiet moment to come share about a new book she had begun to read. My sweet nine-year-old Mia is an avid reader and her newest book find in her classroom library was titled I Am Malala. She sat down and proceeded to tell me about how she’s just finished part one of the book and how it was all about this girl named Malala.
She then proceeded to tell me about how Malala’s dad ran a school and “bad people were telling her dad that girls shouldn’t go to school”. You could see that this was such a foreign idea for her little mind to process. Why can’t girls go to school?
He Named Me Malala on Nat Geo
What a coincidence this was for me when the next day I received a notice in my email telling me all about National Geographic’s new movie, He Named Me Malala. I jumped at the opportunity to donate my social reach to share the news of this movie about a girl who I believe has impacted our world.
On February 29th at 8 pm / 7 pm central, National Geographic will premiere the story of this amazing girl who has challenged a prejudice and stood strong in the face of adversity.
Who is Malala?
Malala Yousafzai is a young girl living in the Swat Valley of Pakistan, whose father runs a local school. Her father was a known advocate for education in Pakistan, which has the second highest number of out of school children in the world, and became an outspoken opponent of Taliban efforts to restrict education and stop girls from going to school.
When Malala started speaking publically in support of girls education, she became a target of the Taliban government. At the age of 11, a gunman boarded her bus in search of her and shot her in the head. She survived, and her voice became louder. She is a role-model and a voice for young women, and I am so happy my nine-year-old daughter had the opportunity to find Malala’s book in her classroom.
What Can You Do?
First, watch He Named Me Malala on the National Geographic Channel on February 29th. Maybe even invite a few girlfriends over to watch it with you, or make it a mother & daughter bonding time moment.
Don’t forget to pick up a copy of I Am Malala too if you want to read more of this amazing girl’s story.