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    Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by a member of the Taliban in 2012 for committing a “monstrous crime”—standing up for girls’ right to go to school. When the Taliban banned girls from attending school in her village in Pakistan, Yousafzai started a blog for the BBC called “Diary of a Pakistani Schoolgirl.” There, she chronicled life under the Taliban, her relentless desire to get an education and her commitment to ensure that all girls can do the same. Malala’s work inspired people around the world and even led to her nomination for the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2011. But her rising fame as an activist nearly cost her her life.


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AJWS supports more than 500 grassroots organizations in Africa, Asia and the Americas that promote the rights of women, girls and LGBT people; rebuild societies torn apart by war and natural disasters; and seek to secure access to food, land and water. In the United States, we mobilize our supporters to advocate for U.S. policies that help create a just and equitable world. We are inspired by Judaism’s commitment to pursue justice and repair the world, and we believe that Jewish history teaches us to respect and fight for the rights of others. Read more or donate.

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