The Taliban horrified the world by shooting a 14-year-old girl on a school bus—an attempt to end her dreams of getting an education. As the teenage girl, Malala Yousafzai, fights for her life, here’s what you can do to help girls like her around the world—girls who want to carve out their own future, not live a life of submission.
• Go to Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s Women in the World Foundation to see how you can get involved with groups that help women and girls around the globe get educated and escape violent homes.
• Oxfam works on the ground in Pakistan specifically to end violence and discrimination against women and girls. The group recruits local Pakistani men and women to commit to being “change makers” who reform negative attitudes and behavior, and encourage others to do the same.
• At Women for Women International, you can sponsor a woman survivor of war for a year. For $30 a month, you’ll help her learn job skills and improve her life—and you can get to know her through exchanging personal letters.
• Visit The Global Fund for Women, which works to end gender-based violence, improve life in refugee camps, and expand access to health care for women and girls.
• CARE works to end forced marriage and child marriage around the world.
• The United Nations Population Fund is an international development agency that partners with governments and other agencies to help women achieve access to sexual and reproductive-health services, and to reduce maternal mortality.