Malala is on a mission — a Girl Power Trip — to meet girls and learn about their fight to go to school. This summer she’s visiting Africa, North America, the Middle East, Latin America and Europe. Follow Malala and read girls’ stories here.
See where Malala travelled
and read about the girls she met on her trip.
Malala began her Girl Power Trip in Lancaster, Pennsylvania — a small city known as "America’s Refugee Capital." Lancaster welcomes 20 times more refugees than other city in the U.S. Malala spent the day meeting students and local leaders from this inspiring community.
Malala made Ottawa, Canada the second stop on her Girl Power Trip. During her address to the Canadian Parliament, Malala praised Canada for its welcoming of refugees and spoke of the transformative power of girls’ education. She also chatted with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Facebook Live.
Malala returned home to take her end-of-year tests — even Nobel Laureates get nervous for exams!
Malala set out on her Girl Power Trip with a mission to meet as many girls around the world as possible. Why? Because in every country and community, girls are out of school for different reasons.
To understand the problems and how we can help, we need to hear your stories. That’s why we’re asking you to send Malala a postcard today. Tell her about the out-of-school girls in your community or share why you support girls’ education.
Malala spent her birthday in Kurdistan and Iraq. She met girls who lived under ISIS captivity and couldn’t go to school, girls who face discrimination because of their religion and girls who speak up for their out-of-school sisters. Some of her new friends even joined her birthday celebration at an amusement park. Malala loves cotton candy!
Malala visited Nigeria to meet girls and deliver a message to leaders: step up and invest in education! Nigeria is the richest country in Africa but has the highest number of out-of-school girls in the world. Leaders are spending less and less on education each year — as girls’ lives are getting worse.
Malala is stopping in Latin America to call attention to the rise in child marriage — it is the only region in the world where child marriage is increasing rather than decreasing. In Mexico, she will meet with girls across Latin America who face barriers to their education such as early marriage, internal displacement, machismo culture and poverty.
The United Nations General Assembly marked the last stop on Malala's epic Girl Power Trip. She invited two girls she met on her travels to join her in New York. Marie Claire, a refugee from the Congo, and Najlaa, a Yazidi teen from Iraq, shared their stories with world leaders and encouraged them to invest in girls' education. The girls also managed to have some fun with Malala touring the Big Apple.
Meet the next
generation of leaders
The Democratic Republic of Congo
After fleeing war in the Congo, the 20 year-old refugee is committed to use her education to help others
In Oaxaca, a 15-year-old indigenous girl wants to fight against early marriage, poverty and machismo culture to become her town's first doctor
Iraq This Yazidi teen fled a forced marriage at 14 to pursue her dream of becoming a journalist
A 13-year-old IDP who endured years of conflict in Mosul before fleeing with her family
The 16-year-old Kurdish teen sent Malala a Girl Power Trip postcard and got a response — in person!
Malala reunited with her friend and fellow girls’ education advocate to demand the Nigerian government address its education crisis
Maryam & Nivaal
Standing up for girls’ education, environmental rights and gender equality, Canadian twins prove the power of youth voices
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