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UNICEF South Africa hosts screening of “He named me Malala”

Pretoria, 1 November 2015 - Even though she is only 18 years of age, the story of Malala Yousafzai is a remarkable one. Shot in the head for seeking an education for her and other girls in the Swat Valley of Pakistan, this remarkable young woman not only survived and recovered, she also went on to co-win the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

With the support of 20th Century Fox and NuMetro Cinemas, UNICEF South Africa was privileged to host an early screening in Pretoria of a new documentary titled “He named me Malala.”

The screening was attended by 200 representatives of youth organisations, civil society, learning institutions, the diplomatic corps, government and all other partners of UNICEF.

Summarising the feelings of the audience present, UNICEF South Africa Deputy Representative Yulia Kriedger noted that “Malala’s courage, determination and commitment, challenges each and every one of us to make it our responsibility in ensuring that children confronting extreme challenges receive an education”.

Stand #withMalala is a 12-month social action and advocacy campaign that will accompany the release of HE NAMED ME MALALA. Through audience engagement with global and in-country calls to action, the campaign aims to raise mass awareness, funding, and policy change by activating millions of people worldwide as newfound champions for girls’ education globally.

Today, over 60 million girls are out of school globally. It is time to take action!

This powerful documentary will be released on the commercial circuit on 20 November in South Africa.





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