When I look around the world for truth and beauty, one of the people who serves as a shining example is Malala Yousafzai. If you haven’t heard her story, it’s pretty dramatic. She comes from the Swat Valley in Pakistan. After Malala wrote a blog for the BBC in which she wrote candidly about living under the control of the Taliban, who at times banned girls in her region from attending school, she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012. Near death, she recovered in a British hospital, and she and her family have become outspoken in their support for education for girls around the globe. In 2014 she was the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
A big part of why I value travel is the education it offers both me and my children; I want nothing more than for both of my boys to be engaged global citizens who speak out against injustice wherever they see it. I’ve also made a big commitment to the education of children, particularly girls, in the developing world through my work with Passports with Purpose. So when The Mission List reached out to me and asked if I could help spread the word about the television premiere of a documentary about Malala’s life, I said an enthusiastic yes. I’ve downloaded Malala’s book to my and my 13-year-old son Tommy’s Kindles and enlisted both him and 10-year-old Teddy to watch with me, so it will be a family affair.
He Named Me Malala premieres on the National Geographic Channel without commercial interruption on Monday, February 29, 2016 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.
Help raise money for The Malala Fund
The Malala Fund is a global charity run by Malala and her father that works to give girls a voice, to invest in education for girls around the world, and to advocate for changes that help guarantee safe and accessible schools. Between now and March 10, 2016, 21st Century Fox will donate $1 to the Malala Fund for every tweet tagged #withMalala. I’ve included a few suggested tweets here (all you have to do is click on them to share):
They will also donate $1 for every video that’s created here. Once you’ve made one, you can share it on Instagram or as your Facebook profile.
Another way you can help is to have your friends and family gather gently used clothes and fill a Schoola Bag; send it in a 40 percent of the proceeds will go to the Malala Fund. Read more about the program and request a bag here.
Watch the film commercial free
Teddy and I plan to watch the commercial-free television premiere of He Named Me Malala on the National Geographic Channel on February 29, 2016 at 8:00 pm ET. Follow the conversation during the film on Twitter using the #HeNamedMeMalala hashtag. The Malala Fund (@MalalaFund) will be sharing behind-the-scenes stories and also information about how you can take action for girls’ education. Tommy can’t join us that evening, but I plan to watch it with him later.
If my reaction to this trailer is any indication, I’m definitely going to need a box of tissues at hand while I watch. I can’t wait to be inspired – and I hope you’ll join me.