CFC Cause of the Week: Women & Girls



“We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back. We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave – to embrace the strength within themselves and realize their full potential.” – Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize winner

In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared October 11 as the “International Day of the Girl Child” to bring attention to the disproportionate struggles’ girls face as opposed to their male counterparts. During this week, we promote women and girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.

By empowering women and girls, we can help build stronger communities. Through greater education and development of human rights, women are better-positioned to take care of themselves and their families. Supporting causes related to women and girls helps communities realize their full potential.

You can help!


  • $10 provides a woman with develop basic technology skills, a new suit, and career counseling to help secure her job placement.
  • $60 provides take-home rations for girls enrolled at school for six months; allowing her to continue education without worrying about feeding herself or her family, living in a developing nation
  • $85 supports a four-day summer camp for an at-risk young woman, helping her to gain self- confidence, acquire life skills, and learn to protect herself.

MALALA’S STORY As a young girl, Malala Yousafzai defied the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012, she survived and went on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Who Is Malala Yousafzai?

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani education advocate who, at the age of 17, became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize after surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban. Born on July 12, 1997, Yousafzai became an advocate for girls' education when she herself was still a child, which resulted in the Taliban issuing a death threat against her. On October 9, 2012, a gunman shot Malala when she was traveling home from school. She survived and has continued to speak out on the importance of education. In 2013, she gave a speech to the United Nations and published her first book, I Am Malala. In 2014, she won the Nobel Peace Prize.

United Nations Speech

Nine months after being shot by the Taliban, Malala Yousafzai gave a speech at the United Nations on her 16th birthday in 2013. Yousafzai highlighted her focus on education and women's rights, urging world leaders to change their policies.

Yousafzai said that following the attack, “the terrorists thought that they would change our aims and stop our ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage were born.”

She also urged action against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism:

“The extremists were, and they are, afraid of books and pens. The power of education frightens them. They are afraid of women... Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons.”

Biography Editors. (April 2, 2014) Malala Yousafzai excerpt retrieved from


Have you volunteered with an organization whose mission is to lift women and girls? Maybe you or someone you know, has been affected by this disparity? Share your story to inspire others and raise awareness of this inequality within our global community.

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