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The importance of educating girls

In far too many countries around the world, an education is not a given for girls. These moving talks are from those facing great risk to change that.

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  1. 16:36
    Ziauddin Yousafzai My daughter, Malala

    Pakistani educator Ziauddin Yousafzai reminds the world of a simple truth that many don't want to hear: Women and men deserve equal opportunities for education, autonomy, an independent identity. He tells stories from his own life and the life of his daughter, Malala, who was shot by the Taliban in 2012 simply for daring to go to school. "Why is my daughter so strong?" Yousafzai asks. "Because I didn't clip her wings."

  2. 15:16
    Kakenya Ntaiya A girl who demanded school

    Kakenya Ntaiya made a deal with her father: She would undergo a traditional Maasai rite of passage, female circumcision, if he would let her go to high school. Ntaiya tells the fearless story of continuing on to college, and of working with her village elders to build a school for girls in her community, changing the destiny of 125 young women.

  3. 17:03
    Sakena Yacoobi How I stopped the Taliban from shutting down my school

    When the Taliban closed all the girls' schools in Afghanistan, Sakena Yacoobi set up new schools, in secret, educating thousands of women and men. In this fierce, funny talk, she tells the jaw-dropping story of two times when she was threatened to stop teaching — and shares her vision for rebuilding her beloved country.

  4. 9:36
    Shabana Basij-Rasikh Dare to educate Afghan girls

    Imagine a country where girls must sneak out to go to school, with deadly consequences if they get caught learning. This was Afghanistan under the Taliban, and traces of that danger remain today. 22-year-old Shabana Basij-Rasikh runs a school for girls in Afghanistan. She celebrates the power of a family's decision to believe in their daughters — and tells the story of one brave father who stood up to local threats.

  5. 14:39
    Leymah Gbowee Unlock the intelligence, passion, greatness of girls

    Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee has two powerful stories to tell — of her own life's transformation, and of the untapped potential of girls around the world. Can we transform the world by unlocking the greatness of girls?