#PassTheBag for Girls’ Education from Malala Fund .
Malala’s birthday is July 12. Your special girls can be activists and honor Malala by clearing out their unworn clothes. The video above shows how easy it is. Will you give it a try with them?
Doing this matters for a couple reasons. Hearing stories of girl and women activists is deeply inspiring to girls. They love to hear how someone they can identify with was brave and stood up and spoke out. They feel emboldened to imagine they can change things for the better. It gives them hope.
But the amazing stories they find in the media and books are about the one-in-10-million girls. While our girls feel the inspiration, they can easily feel that they could never be that brave or outspoken themselves.
This is where parents and other adult allies come in. We need to help them see the bravery and power in their own actions. Our girls make a difference to our world in their neighborhood, their camp, their school. But too often, those actions aren’t noticed by adults as they should be. Maybe we take it for granted and fail to remember the courage and strong values it takes for a girl to speak her truth, to be at all different from the norm, to befriend an unpopular kid, to own her pride in herself, to try something she thinks she might fail at.
That’s why when girls take inspiration from girls like Malala, they need support from parents and other allies to go the next step and translate their inspiration into action. We don’t need to make it complicated. Keeping it as simple as possible is one of the best ways to be supportive.
Will you honor Malala this month by taking action with the girls you know to help other girls directly?
And will you tell us in the comments how you do it?
We love to hear and share the inspiring stories of girl activists and the adults who support them.