So here I stand ... one girl among many.
I speak — not for myself, but
for all girls and boys.
I raise up my voice — not so that I can shout,
but so that those without a voice can be heard.
Those who have fought
for their rights: their right to live in peace;
their right to be
treated with dignity; their right to equality of opportunity;
right to be educated.
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. Girls from around the world expressed 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 recognise a leader, a champion and a friend.