I wrote #WeAreDisplaced because we hear so much about refugees and immigration - but we don’t hear enough from refugees themselves, especially girls and young women. These are stories of harrowing journeys, lost loved ones and longing for home. The resilient girls in this book show readers the real lives behind the statistics, news reports and rhetoric we hear every day.
Proceeds from every book sold will benefit the girls in the book and @MalalaFund’s work for girls’ education. How can you help refugees today? Buy this book and learn about their lives in their own words. Link in bio.
Making progress for girls' education requires support from leaders in every sector. Thank you to @celebritycruises for the warm welcome, commitment to gender equality and generous investment in girls' education.
I have visited girls in favelas, slums, refugee camps and war zones. The hardest thing is to see a girl nearly my age, with all the dreams and aspirations that I have, stuck in a situation she didn’t create and unable to choose her own future.
Today is International Day of the Girl. Let’s make it more than just feminist T-shirts and hashtags. If we truly believe “the future is female” or that “girls run the world,” we need to support girls on the front lines of the fight for education and equality.
This week my portrait, by artist @shirin__neshat, was added to the National Portrait Gallery in London. I hope it will remind visitors that girls everywhere are fighting for change in their communities and countries — their stories must also be heard. Many thanks to Shirin for her beautiful work and Dr. @nicholascullinan, the team at @nationalportraitgallery and @outsetart for welcoming me.