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On Friday, the PBS NewsHour will interview Malala Yousafzai, who’s in contention for the Nobel Peace Prize for promoting girls’ education in Pakistan’s Swat Valley in spite of great personal danger. Last year, she was targeted and shot by Taliban militants on her school bus for her outspoken advocacy.
The Nobel Peace Prize will be announced Friday, Oct. 11, at 5 a.m. EST, on the Day of the Girl.
The second annual International Day of the Girl recognizes that empowering girls around the world is critical to economic growth, eradication of poverty and ending the cycle of discrimination and violence against women.
Research has shown that educating girls has ripple effects through families and societies. The World Bank reports that for every extra year of education, girls’ wages can increase 20 percent. Education also helps to stem child marriages and reduce birth rates, both of which have lasting positive impacts on girls’ lives.
To recognize the day, NewsHour Extra has teamed up with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to reflect on girls’ education for the next week. Join us by sharing what girls’ education looks like where you live. Use #girlsglobaled on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or Facebook to share a photo, video or story about what you experience. Your stories will be catalogued below and on the NewsHour Extra website.