If there’s one thing that travel has taught me, it’s to open my eyes up to the world and pay attention to what’s happening outside of the North American bubble. One thing I was disappointed to discover was that 66-million young girls are not in school globally. But hopefully I’ll be able to look at this post one day, and dismiss that statistic as a thing of the past.

Indian Girl October 11th was recently named ‘the Day of the Girl’ which blossomed from the ‘Because I am a Girl‘ initiative, and one of their messages is that it takes one girl to change the world. Malala Yousafzai is a prime example of one of those girls. As an advocate to girls education worldwide, and the youngest person ever to be nominated for a Noble Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai is one of the most inspiring role models at merely the age of 16. You may have heard her name in the news headlines over the past couple of years when she survived a gunshot to the head by the Taliban and lived to tell the story. But she’s doing more than just telling a story; she’s spreading a message of peace and hope.

I know you’re busy, and probably browsing the internet when you shouldn’t be. But since you’ve made it this far, I’m going to ask you to take a time out, and watch this video:

I felt compelled to share this story because I firmly believe that we create the world we choose to focus on (especially online) and quite frankly we need to be sharing more empowering messages like this one.

So how can you help?

Let’s start with education. If you haven’t seen the film Girl Rising, get on it:

The film is part of a global action campaign for girls’ education, using the power of storytelling to drive change. Other ideas on how you can get involved include hosting an awareness day/week at your company or school, holding an event or fundraiser that supports the movement, mentoring a girl within your community, committing to a long-term project or volunteer trip. You could also consider donating to an organization that supports girls.

Below is a short list of organizations that have effective programs that assist with girls’ education but there are more options on GoVoluntouring.comidealist.org, and handsonnetwork.org.

www.shesthefirst.org

www.gems-girls.org

www.camfed.org

www.girldetermined.org

www.girlsed.org

www.girlslearn.net

www.morethanme.org

www.onegirl.org.au