Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reading with his granddaughter on a recent visit home to the Republic of Korea.

“The terrorists showed what frightens them most: a girl with a book.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yusufzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani girl injured in an assassination attempt on her way home from school in October. 

Thank you to everyone who has posted photos of girl and books as part of the “Girl with a Book” online initiative inspired by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks at a special event to celebrate the first-ever International Day of the Girl Child.

Photos have been pouring in from places like Australia, Japan, Sweden, Hungary, Brazil, Pakistan, Egypt, Cameroon, Malawi, United Kingdom, Canada, Scotland and Italy.

There’s still time to take part! Post a photo of a girl with a book here:

More ways to take part:

  • Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown is calling for a global day of action when he travels to Pakistan on 10 November, one month after the attack on Malala.  You are also encouraged to post a photo of yourself holding a sign that says, “I stand with Malala.”
  • Add your name to this petition calling on Pakistan to agree a plan to deliver education for every child and calling on all countries to outlaw discrimination against girls.

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