I am Malala

Tariro board member Chiedza Mufunde (with microphone) shares the stage with a panel of illustrious women at the launch of Hilary Clinton's Women in Public Service initiative, at the United States Department of State in Washington, DC

Tariro board member Chiedza Mufunde (with microphone) shares the stage with a panel of illustrious women including Gloria Steinem and Madeline Albright at the launch of Hilary Clinton’s Women in Public Service initiative, at the United States Department of State in Washington, DC

Today, I would like to share a few words from a blog post by Tariro board member Chiedza Mufunde. Born in Zimbabwe, Chiedza came to the United States as an undergraduate student at Mount Holyoke College. She is currently enrolled in graduate school at Boston College. In 2011, Chiedza was selected by the United States Department of State to participate in a panel discussion with Gloria Steinem and Madeline Albright, as part of  Women in Public Service Initiative developed by Hilary Clinton. We are proud to have such an inspiring young woman serving on our board.

Chiedza’s blog post, originally published on HerZimbabwe, reflects on Mala Day, dedicated to the 16-year-old Pakistani girl, Malala Yousafzai, who was shot last October by the Taliban because of her passion for supporting girls’ education. In her post, Chiedza reminds us of the work that remains in ensuring that girls’ education is treated as a basic human right, rather than a privilege. As Chiedza reflects on hearing Malala speak:

Listening to her speak, I was reminded of the moment when I found my voice as a young teenager and how that experience has shaped so many of my life paths: my career goals, my understanding of the value of educating girls and the importance of youth voices in shaping policies that affect young people.

Please visit HerZimbabwe to read Chiedza’s entire post! Thank you Chiedza for your dedication to educating and empowering women and girls, and for your service to Tariro!

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