Sep 07, 2016 — Today is my last first day of high school.
Seven years ago, the Taliban took over my beautiful Swat Valley and forced my father to close his school. My family fled our home and lived as refugees in other parts of Pakistan.
I was 11 years old and didn't know if I would ever step into a classroom again. Today, millions of refugee girls want to return to school like I did. And they wonder what happened to the promise that world leaders made a year ago — 12 years of education for every girl.
They have already lost homes, friends and family members. Each year of school they miss, their hopes for a brighter future fade.
But right now we can send a message of hope to these girls — and urge our leaders to honour their word. I'm asking you to join me and share your own photo of you and your friends — as many as you can fit in the frame!
Use the hashtag #YesAllGirls to show that we are standing together for millions of refugee girls around the world.
In two weeks, prime ministers and presidents will gather for their annual meeting in New York City. And Malala Fund will display your photos across the city — on billboards, bus stops, and inside the United Nations — so that everywhere our leaders go, they'll see people around the world who remember their promise to all girls.
So many refugees girls are denied an education around the world today — but even more of us are standing with them and asking world leaders to honour their promise of 12 years of school for all girls, #YesAllGirls.
I hope you will join me.