There are no Superheroes, Just Us: My Journey with Malala
Shiza Shahid helped Taliban gunshot victim Malala Yousafzai return to school, and is the co-founder and director of the Malala Fund. The fund supports education innovators and activists across the world. Shahid has supported Malala's work since 2009, when she mentored Malala and others in a summer retreat in Pakistan.
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A Message from Malala: Meet my Father and my Mother
Malala Yousafzai couldn’t come to TED2014 — because she has vowed to never miss another day of school. But her voice was heard through this video, which introduced Ziauddin Yousafzai’s powerful talk about his daughter and their shared commitment to education.
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Kavita Ramdas: Radical Women, Embracing Tradition
Investing in women can unlock infinite potential around the globe. But how can women walk the line between Western-style empowerment and traditional culture? Kavita Ramdas of the Global Fund for Women talks about three encounters with powerful women who fight to make the world better — while preserving the traditions that sustain them.
credit: TEDIndia 2009 http://www.ted.com/talks/kavita_ramdas_radical_women_embracing_tradition
Shabana Basij-Rasikh: Dare to Educate Afghan Girls
Imagine a country where girls must sneak out to go to school, with deadly consequences if they get caught learning. This was Afghanistan under the Taliban, and traces of that danger remain today. 22-year-old Shabana Basij-Rasikh runs a school for girls in Afghanistan. She celebrates the power of a family's decision to believe in their daughters — and tells the story of one brave father who stood up to local threats.
credit: TEDxWomen 2012 http://www.ted.com/talks/shabana_basij_rasikh_dare_to_educate_afghan_girls
Sheryl WuDunn: Our Century's Greatest Injustice
Sheryl WuDunn's book "Half the Sky" investigates the oppression of women globally. Her stories shock. Only when women in developing countries have equal access to education and economic opportunity will we be using all our human resources.
credit: TEDGlobal 2010 http://www.ted.com/talks/sheryl_wudunn_our_century_s_greatest_injustice
Ziauddin Yousafzai: My daughter, Malala
Pakistani educator Ziauddin Yousafzai reminds the world of a simple truth that many don’t want to hear: Women and men deserve equal opportunities for education, autonomy, an independent identity. He tells stories from his own life and the life of his daughter, Malala, who was shot by the Taliban in 2012 simply for daring to go to school. "Why is my daughter so strong?” Yousafzai asks. “Because I didn’t clip her wings."
credit: TED 2014 https://www.ted.com/talks/ziauddin_yousafzai_my_daughter_malala
Michelle Obama: A Plea for Education
Speaking at a London girls' school, Michelle Obama makes a passionate, personal case for each student to take education seriously. It is this new, brilliant generation, she says, that will close the gap between the world as it is and the world as it should be.
credit: Elizabeth G. Anderson School, London, 2009 http://www.ted.com/talks/michelle_obama
Kakenya Ntaiya: A Girl Who Demanded School: Oct 2012
Kakenya Ntaiya made a deal with her father: She would undergo the traditional Maasai rite of passage of female circumcision if he would let her go to high school. Ntaiya tells the fearless story of continuing on to college, and of working with her village elders to build a school for girls in her community. It’s the educational journey of one that altered the destiny of 125 young women.
credit: TEDxMidAtlantic 2012 http://www.ted.com/talks/kakenya_ntaiya_a_girl_who_demanded_school