Women for women

25. srpna 2016 v 13:54 | Mgr. Vendula Rulcová
WOMEN FOR WOMEN
Across the globe there are about 31 million girls of primary school age who don´t go to school. And if the current trend goes on, it ´s estimated that it will not be until 2086 when all girls will be completing primary education.
Our task in the project about gender discrimination in education was to write an article about women who are interested in education and help other women to improve their lives. When browsing the Internet and searching for information we found a website with a list of the most influential women in the world who use their voices and influence to make progress in girls´education globally.
Let us introduce a few of them although we are sure that there are millions of women in the world who are helping make change happen.
ZAINAB SALBI


Zainab Salbi is an Iraqi-American humanitarian, entrepreneur, author, and media commentator who has dedicated herself to women's rights and freedom. At the age of 23, she founded Women for Women International-a grassroots humanitarian and development organization dedicated to serving women survivors of war.
Since 1993, Women for Women International has supported women survivors of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Rwanda, Kosovo, Nigeria, Colombia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan. Under Salbi's leadership, the organization reached more than 400,000 women in eight conflict areas, distributed more than $100 million in direct aid and loans, trained thousands of women in rights awareness, and helped thousands more to start their own small businesses.
Salbi is also the author of three books: the national bestseller "Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam", "The Other Side of War: Women's Stories of Survival and Hope"; and "If You Knew Me, You Would Care." Her books received support from iconic women writers such as Alice Walker and from several celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, and Annie Lennox.
MALALA YOUSAFZAI

Malala was born on 12 July 1997 in Pakistan. Her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai named her after Malalai, a Pashtun heroine.
Her father has always loved learning and that´s why he ran a school close to family's home. He was known as an 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.
Malala shared her father's passion for learning and loved going to school. In 2009 she began writing a blog for the BBC Urdu service under a pseudonym, about fears that her school would be attacked and the increasing military activity in her hometown. Malala and her father received death threats but continued to speak out for the right to education. In 2011, she received Pakistan's first National Youth Peace Prize and was nominated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu for the International Children's Peace Prize. In response to her rising popularity and national recognition, Taliban leaders voted to kill her. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012, when she was travelling home from school. Hopefully she survived.
She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2013. In 2014, she was nominated again and won, becoming the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
For her 18th birthday on July 12, 2015, also called Malala Day, the young activist continued to take action on global education by opening a school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon. Its expenses covered by the Malala Fund, the school was designed to admit nearly 200 girls from the ages of 14 to 18. "Today on my first day as an adult, on behalf of the world's children, I demand of leaders we must invest in books instead.
ERNA SOLBERG


Erna Solberg (born 24 February 1961) is a Norwegianpolitician who has been Prime Minister of Norway since October 2013 and Leader of the Conservative Party since May 2004.
After winning the September 2013 election, she became the second female Prime Minister of Norway, Solberg's Cabinet, often referred to informally as the "Blue-Blue Cabinet", is a two-party minority government consisting of the Conservative Party and Progress Party.
In 2014, Prime Minister Solberg led Norway's funding of a new UN initiative to promote greater access to and quality of education for girls in Malawi. This program includes school meals, health services, measures combating gender-based violence, sexuality and human rights education, and further professional training for teachers. "If you invest in a girl," Prime Minister Solberg co-wrote in a 2014 Op-Ed, "she feeds herself, educates future children, lifts up her community and propels her nation forward - charting a path that offers dignity for all in the process." Prime Minister Solberg recently announced a doubling of Norway's support to the Global Partnership for Education, which works to ensure that more girls enroll in school and receive a good quality education.
 

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