Malala Yousafzai wearing purple at Women of the World Festival, 2014

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“I truly believe the only way we can create global peace is through not only educating our minds, but our hearts and our souls.”

In the last two decades, millions of Afghan women and girls received an education. Now the future they were promised is dangerously close to slipping away. When she was just 15 years old, Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban for speaking up about the right to education for young girls in Pakistan. The Taliban, a conservative religious and political organisation, has recently regained control of Afghanistan, and Malala is afraid they will bar women and girls from access to education and almost all work. Despite being shot by the Taliban, Malala continues to speak out against the organisation that almost silenced her voice.

What voice do you have? Do you use it to support others?

Some of our historical amazing people also had to leave areas of conflict and war. Albert Einstein, for example, had to leave Germany with the rise of Nazism in the 1930s. He went on to not only continue his scientific endeavours but also found the International Rescue Committee. Explore his story on our site…

Here is a resource to help explore what we can do to support others and look after our own mental health in times of conflict. This resource provides practical activities to strengthen our curiosity, kindness, fairness and perseverance.