19-year-old education and rights activist Malala Yousafzai finished school last week and has since created a Twitter account.
Posting her first tweet on July 8 she has already gained over 700, 000 followers and plans to use the platform to help her campaign. She also announced she was travelling to the Middle East for her 20th birthday to meet with girls and hear their stories.
Malala was outspoken about the need for girls to be educated and wrote a blog about living under Taliban occupation.
During this time the Taliban declared a ban on girls’ education. Unfortunately this is a common occurrence with over 34 million young women not getting secondary level education. Many of these young women were also denied primary level education.
In 2012 she was shot by terrorists who wanted to silence her from advocating for female education rights.
After the attack Malala and her family moved to the UK where she founded the Malala fund. The fund helps girls around the world get free quality education.
The Nobel Peace prize winner also plans to take more Girl power trips around Africa and Latin America later in the year.
So far her tweets have received a warm welcome from world leaders and celebrities alike. In one tweet she writes “on and off Twitter I’m fighting for girls – will you join me?”. So hopefully she’ll be able to use the social media as a platform to spread the word over he importance of women being able to receive an education.
There’s no word yet on what her official University plans are yet. Although Huffington Post reported that she had been applying to Universities in the UK with papers focusing on philosophy, politics and economics.
Malala is the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize and the UN Messenger of peace designation. She was also awarded honourary citizenship by the Canadian government earlier this year.
This girl is set to conquer the world, so stay tuned!
"I am so inspired by this incredible community that celebrates girls like 20 year-old Marie, who I met on my trip. Marie is one of many refugees who have found safety and happiness in Lancaster. She and her family escaped conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and fled to Zambia. Marie and her sister had limited access to school in Zambia. Their parents were targeted as refugees and their mother killed. “We needed to have a future,” Marie said of their move to America. Marie graduated high school last year and is now attending college, studying to become a nurse. Marie was fortunate to be able to resume her education. But Marie is the exception — there are millions of girls who remain denied access to school." — Malala on her #GirlPowerTrip