Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Women of the World Festival, London - 8 March 2013

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If current trends continue, an estimated 531 million of this generation’s young girls will leave their teens without ever completing a basic school education. International Women's Day marks another moment when we should come together to speak up and take action for girls and women.

In October last year, girls' education campaigner Malala Yousafzai was shot on a school bus in Pakistan by the Taliban. The Taliban said it attacked the campaigner for girls' education for "promoting secularism". 

On 15 October 2012, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, now the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, launched a petition in Yousafzai's name and "in support of what Malala fought for". Using the slogan "I am Malala", the petition's main demand is that there be no children left out of school by 2015, with the hope that "girls like Malala everywhere will soon be going to school".

On the 8 of March Gordon Brown will be in conversation with Ziauddin Yousafzai - Malala's father - as part of the Women of the World festival at London’s Southbank Centre. Wherever you are in the world - you can tune in and watch the conversation live at 1.30pm GMT. Gordon and Ziauddin will also be taking part in a session in which Sarah Brown will be in discussion with Valerie Amos, UN under-Secretary-General, on the theme of International Activism, from 11.30am GMT.

You can also read Gordon's International Women's Day blog for The Huffington Post – “The Future is Hers”.