I received this message from a good friend of mine and it put a smile on my face. I mean honestly, you can always put a smile on my face with activism about the girl-child, but even moreso when that activism comes from men.
The story of Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old activist fighting for the right to girls’ education in Pakistan, resonated across the world. Saad’s talented piece of art (below) reminds us that we don’t have to travel overseas to find Malala or support her cause — we can do so starting within our very own homes. Time can either be for us or against us in this struggle, and the clock pictured in the little girl’s hands speaks volumes about our responsibility to act on it.
Men can play a pivotal role in cultivating this global change and their participation is necessary in making it all happen.
When I was inspired by Malala and your event on girls’ education, I knew that when I created some work focused on this issue you’d be the first person I’d share it with. Here’s my baby sister Iman, the Khan family’s resident Malala.
There’s a Malala in every household. The greatest thing you can do for all the young women around the globe without education is nurture them, instill self-belief in them, and empower them enough to want to stand up and speak up for themselves.
That’s exactly what Malala’s father did, and the world over felt the impact of her cause.
— Saad Saeed Khan