This year marks a decade and a half since the international community committed to address the vast and complex problem of educating all of the world's primary school-aged children. It's a time to reassess the next steps in the global education movement.
Forget about the biology of it for second (that was mom's job), my dad never let on that he thought there was a difference in when I could speak, how I could learn, what choices I should have or what I should be allowed to achieve and contribute with my life. My dad never questioned that I would grow up to be his equal, to be the equal of my brothers. To my dad, my value as an equal to boys and men was a basic truth.
She has been accused of everything from being a 'western pawn' to her father's puppet, entirely undeserving of her international recognition. Yet, when she walks into the Oxford Union, she is met with an adoration usually reserved for a pop sensation, not a political activist.
When others seem certain that misunderstanding and hate will prevail, we must answer back by affirming our likeness, our goodness, and our courage.
Want to know how much McDonald's charges for Big Macs in more than 40 different countries? No problem. But want to know where children are allowed to work in mines, with poisonous chemicals, or through the night? Good luck! We decided to take steps to begin to fill these gaps.