Long story short: GO VOTE FOR #GIRLWITHABOOK @ expeditiongranted.nationalgeographic.com/project/girlwithabook/ IT TAKES LITERALLY 2 SECONDS AND IT COULD SAVE TONS OF LIVES
Two years ago, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban, simply because she believed in girls receiving an equal education as men. Appalled by this, my incredible sister Olivia Curl and her friend Lena Shareef started a social media movement called #GIRLWITHABOOK. The idea was simple, if the Taliban are scared of girls getting an education, let’s terrify them. So, my sister and Lena asked friends and family to send in photos of them holding books to support girls’ education around the world. Very quickly, the movement gained a following and women (and men!) from around the globe were sending photos of themselves holding books or signs saying “I Stand With Malala”. Last month, my sister and Lena were invited to the United Nations to partake in a conference about how to achieve the Millennium Goals. There, they met with Malala who told them “Keep doing what you’re doing, because it’s important.”
Well, earlier this September, National Geographic launched something called “Expedition Granted”. People submitted a two minute video explaining their proposal. Out of about 700 submissions, 10 finalists were chosen. This is where you come in. #GIRLWITHABOOK was selected as a finalist. Voting ends tomorrow. If every single one of my followers voted once, they would have the lead and the opportunity to go around the world highlighting incredible individuals who’re breaking education barriers for girls everywhere.
SO PLEASE. GO VOTE. IT TAKES MAX 5 SECONDS AND IT COULD SAVE LIVES!! LITERACY RATES ARE DIRECTLY CORRELATED TO CHILD MORTALITY. YOU CAN VOTE IN MULTIPLE BROWSERS ALONG WITH SOME OTHER THINGS (*cough*cookies*cough*).
I know you all follow this blog for photography, but if there’s one thing that photography has taught me, it’s to be the change that you want to see in the world. So, please support two women who are trying to enact that change.