He Named Me Malala

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Next week, I’m attending the premiere of He Named Me Malala and I’d love for you to join me, right from the comfort of our own homes. It will be airing commercial-free on Monday, February 29 on the National Geographic channel at 8:00 pm ET/7:00 pm CT. I am excited for this home viewing because I’ve had several opportunities to view the movie in theaters, I don’t know if I was ready to see the full-story and address the full range of emotions that I’m sure I’ll have.

He Named Me Malala is the story of Malala Yousafzai, an activist for girls’ education and the world’s youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner. Malala was 11 years old in 2009 when she began writing a blog anonymously for the BBC of daily life for Pakistani people as the Taliban grew influence in her region of Pakistan. After her identify was revealed in late 2009, she began more publicly advocating for girls’ education.

In 2012, she was shot by a member of the Taliban specifically because of her advocacy. During her recovery period, she was moved to England and further advocated for girls’ education internationally. As a result of her efforts, she was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. (There is much more to her story. Her memoir I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban was published in 2013 and provides more details.) He Named Me Malala is the documentary that tells the story of who Malala is, her place in her family as daughter, a teenage girl and international human rights activist.

When you think about her efforts, I have to see this story because it’s the embodiment of so many different character traits I want to model, strength, courage and dedication.  I say that I value the education of women and girls around the world but outside of my donations to organizations that support development, I’m not on the front lines of this struggle the same way.

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I’ll be watching and tweeting as SpelKen using the hashtag #HeNamedMeMalala and #withMalala. Please make sure to join me and share your thoughts as we watch Monday, February 29 on the National Geographic channel at 8:00 pm ET/7:00 pm CT.

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