#Malala Yousafzai, young activist and champion for education and gender equality, came to the United Nations today. In front of the world, she delivered her speech with sincerity, truth, and inspiration to our world often plagued pessimism and lack of creativity. She spoke on the need to bring an access to education to all children and how the pen and books are weapons that extremists and the Taliban fear. She is right. Education is the pathway to defeating fear, misunderstanding and inequalities such as poverty. Now that this young, sincere soul has spoken, will our societies and world leaders listen? See her powerful speech today here:
Fighting poverty, battling gender inequalities and breaking down barriers to children’s development is possible. In fact, global action and commitments, such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are already in place. Hope you can check out these new infographics we worked on at the United Nations and join the conversation using #MDGmomentum and access different language versions at http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/mdgmomentum.shtml
Millennium Development Goals campaign I am working on at United Nations. MDG 4: Child Mortality
Millennium Development Goals campaign I am working on at United Nations. MDG 2: Education
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.
Karim was one of the first street kids I worked with and became friends with in Morocco. He passed away at the end of the summer. He was just a teenager. Karim’s heart and smile overpowered the hardships he had to endure in his short life: poverty, family losses, cancer. His fire, that power, his smile, will live on forever. Love you Karim. You will be missed. My condolences to the children of the Dar Lekbira Association.
Here is a video of Karim during our drumming workshops in 2009:
Come look, come listen.
See clips from exclusive film project/arts diplomacy workshops with the brilliant youth of CHINAR Orphanage in Kashmir. Here is a summary video of the workshops I did with the orphans this time last year. In particular, these oprhans wrote, directed, and acted in 4 short films tackling issues related to pollution, female education, corruption, and the importance of relgious tolerance in politics. Politicians will remain incompetent, but the youth have their ears to the ground and much to teach us.
Dedicating this one to the beloved cousin Izhar Wani (Rest In Peace) and my brother Murt who helped make this a reality. Love and prayers to the youth of Kashmir.