On April 17, Malala Yousafzai and Shiza Shahid, co-founder and CEO of The Malala Fund, will join international activist and Free The Children Co-Founder Craig Kielburger in taking a 24-hour ‘silent’ stand to raise awareness for the millions of girls around the world who have been denied the right to attend school.
Malala’s passion for education and refusal to back down has inspired millions around the world. Award-winning actors and actresses and chart-topping musicians have joined forces in a captivating video telling Malala’s courageous story in her voice. The powerful compilation promoting the right of all children, especially girls, to an education features Selena Gomez, Orlando Bloom, Jennifer Hudson, Seth Rogen, J. Cole, Hannah Simone, Clive Owen, Edward Norton, Shay Mitchell, Joe Jonas, Martin Sheen, Reggie Watts, Big Sean and Evanna Lynch.Although their voices will be silent, Malala, Shiza and Craig will be loud on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, engaging celebrities and young people all over the world to follow them during the We Are Silent campaign, as they speak out for those whose voices are silenced by poverty, exploitation or denial of their rights, including the right to an education.
First announced on-stage at We Day UK in front of 12,000 students, the multi-year partnership between The Malala Fund and Free The Children signals the beginning of an incredible movement of young people willing to make a difference in their communities and around the world by standing up for those who are voiceless.Through this exciting partnership, anyone can join Malala, Shiza and Craig in taking a stand for those silenced by poverty and exploitation. By posting a photo of themselves on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with their finger to their lips in a shushing motion, students, parents, celebrities and people around the world will “Share the shhh” and help turn #WeAreSilent into a global social media movement.“
On April 17, I will be silent to support those around the world who are denied their rights, denied an education and denied a voice to speak out,” said Malala Yousafzai. “We all have the right to be heard. By being silent, I hope the world will listen to the silenced voices of girls who want to go to school, and young people around the world who are struggling for equality.”Each year, Free The Children takes a silent stand to raise awareness of those who are exploited or denied their rights. Hundreds of thousands of students around the world collect pledges for every hour they are silent to empower their peers around the world – the child laborers, the children who can’t go to school, and those without access to clean water or healthcare. Pledges raised through the campaign support Free The Children’s domestic and international programming, and help ensure that youth around the world can reach their full potential. To learn more about We Are Silent, visit freechildren.com/wearesilent.