The Muslim American Leadership Alliance (MALA) aims to bring 'He Named Me Malala' to students, teachers, academic institutions, global affairs conferences and communities throughout the U.S. to continue to spread Malala Yousafzai's message and help explore the issues of inequity, access to education and the power of raising one's voice to advocate for justice.
Today, over 60 million girls around the world are out of school due to poverty, violence, tradition and other limiting factors. Malala's message profoundly battles this issue, however, many in the U.S. are unable to comprehend or empathize with many of its victims based on stereotypes surrounding the Islamic faith.
In addition to generating conversation around access to education and raising youth voices, the screenings specifically address the stereotypes surrounding Islam in the U.S., helping separate extremism from faith through conversation and guided activities after each screening.
Our goal is that students and community members will become more informed and accepting, inspiring them to challenge religious bias. This will enable them to become unencumbered advocates for equal access to education and justice everywhere.