HE NAMED ME MALALA Broadcast Supports Malala Fund and Girls’ Education

HE NAMED ME MALALA is the portrait of Malala Yousafzai, the teenager wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her and her friends’ school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.  Malala Yousafzai spoke against the Taliban regime, and stood up for what she believes in most.  The cause that struck fear in the Taliban?  Education.  Malala Yousafzai simply wanted the opportunity to read and go to school.  On Monday February 29, 2016, HE NAMED ME MALALA will premiere commercial-free on the National Geographic Channel at 8pm ET/PT.  I’m looking forward to sharing the inspiration from the film with my own two teenage daughters that night.  Continue reading for more information about HE NAMED ME MALALA as well as a special fundraising campaign to support girls’ education.

Malala Yousafzai became the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in December 2014, and her story was published in the book, “HE NAMED ME MALALA.”  The book was a riveting read about the then 15-year-old teenager, who had been shot in the head by the Taliban for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education in her home region of Swat Valley in Pakistan.  Unfortunately, Malala Yousafzai’s story is not unique.  All around the world women are suppressed and prevented from learning to read or receiving a basic education.  Internationally, there’s an estimated 60 million girls currently out of school.


The National Geographic Channel and 21st Century Fox, in partnership with the Malala Fund, have launched a social initiative to raise awareness for girls’ right to education and safe schools for every child.  The National Geographic Channel encourages families to Stand #withMalala and show their support for girls’ education.  For every person who participates through March 10, 21st Century Fox will donate $1 to the Malala Fund. A $1 donation will also be made for every tweet using the hashtag #withMalala during this time period, for a total donation of up to $50,000. More information can be found at www.supportmalala.com.


Malala Yousafzai in Birmingham, England. Dec 17, 2013. Photo by Caroline Furneaux. © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved


HE NAMED ME MALALA will premiere commercial free on Monday, February 29, at 8 pm ET/PT on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo MUNDO in the U.S., with a global rollout planned within a week in 171 countries and 45 languages.


As my own teenage girls reach college age (as well as Malala’s age when she was shot), it’s important for me to empower them to stand up for their own beliefs.  If you’re not familiar with Malala’s story, consider watching HE NAMED ME MALALA February 29 on the National Geographic Channel, and please support the Malala Fund to help fund girls’ education around the world.

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.