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Education Is Vital To Empowering Youth To Become Agents of Change: International Youth Day, observed on August 12, celebrates the contributions young people make toward societal change, especially on issues such as preventing conflict, protecting human rights, and promoting sustainable peace. For the Office of Global Women’s Issues, this day provides an opportunity to celebrate the specific contributions and potential of girls and young women around the world. Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan, won the Nobel Peace Prize at age 17 for leading advocacy efforts around girls’ rights, namely their right to an education.

Payal Jangid of India won the World’s Children’s Prize at age 12 for leading her town’s Child Parliament, which she used to educate her community about issues that affect children, notably girls’ education, domestic violence, and child marriage. Malala and Payal both exemplify how young women have had an impact on their societies in groundbreaking ways. However, they did not do this alone. Both Malala and Payal pursued education as the key to advancing their full potential to become agents of change. Ensuring access to quality education and combating gender-based violence and harmful traditional practices that disproportionately disadvantage girls are critical components of girls’ empowerment.

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Education Is Vital To Empowering Youth To Become Agents of Change: International Youth Day, observed on August 12, celebrates the contributions young people make toward societal change, especially on issues such as preventing conflict, protecting human rights, and promoting sustainable peace. For the Office of Global Women’s Issues, this day provides an opportunity to celebrate the specific contributions and potential of girls and young women around the world. Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan, won the Nobel Peace Prize at age 17 for leading advocacy efforts around girls’ rights, namely their right to an education.c c c