A new documentary from the director of “An Inconvenient Truth” chronicles the work of Malala Yousafzai, who garnered international headlines after extremists shot her for helping young girls in rural Pakistan go to school.

“He Named Me Malala” will be shown at the UN Commission on the Status of Women organized by MALA in collaboration with “Students Stand With Malala.” Tickets can be reserved here.

Malala’s groundbreaking documentary looks at the events leading up to the Talibans’ attack on the young Pakistani school girl for speaking out on girls’ education and the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.

Beginning in 2015, Students Stand #withMalala embarked on a 12-month social action and advocacy campaign to engage audiences through global and domestic calls to action, using the film “He Named Me Malala”. With the help of generous donors, Students Stand #withMalala has underwritten over 175,000 students globally to see the film and raise their voices for all girls’ right to 12 years of safe, quality education.

We hope attendees will take part of the HE NAMED ME MALALA  discussion guide,curriculum and student toolkit to help students explore issues of inequity, access to education, and the power of raising one’s voice to advocate for justice.

Additionally, students can participate in the #withMalala challenge, a global digital art project encouraging young people to speak out about why every girl should have a right to an education.

Attendees may find these materials and more on, under “Campaign Resources.” In addition to these materials, Schoola bags will help Malala Fund so that clothing drives can go directly to local girls’ education projects around the world.
We are proud to partner with the organization led by Malala Yousafzai to girls get an education and raise their voices for the right to education. Part of our MALA’s advocacy work is to help amplify the film’s message by standing up for fundamental women’s rights and spotlighting the personal stories of young Muslims working to build a better future.

A panel discussion following the screening will include MALA’s Board of Directors, Emil Aldaddah and Ahmed Flex Omar.

Panelist Bios

Emil Aldaddah is a wealth management expert with experience in the financial industry as a private equity analyst and portfolio manager. An Iraqi-American with a diverse Muslim-Christian family, he is part of the Young Visions Leadership program for the Israel Cancer Research Fund. Immersed with multiple years’ of experience in the financial industry as a private equity analyst and portfolio manager, Emil is a DePaul University graduate and uses his enthusiasm for good in both a physical and symbolic sense.

Ahmed is an entrepreneur who launched his first venture as a teenager creating websites for businesses in the Persian Gulf. A native of Somalia, he grew up in the UAE before immigrating to Chicago as an adult. Ahmed worked at UBS Wealth Management Group, American Express, and Deloitte before founding “Global Eventz,” a marketing company that has organized over 500 corporate events. He has served as volunteer consultant for the Evening Associates Board at the Art Institute and currently hosts “Midwest Fashion Week Chicago.” In his own family, Ahmed has witnessed both extremism and opportunity firsthand. Ahmed also helped his sisters attend college.

Event Information

MALA, in collaboration with partners, will host a screening of “He Named Me Malala” at the 2016 Commission on the Status of Women, described in detail below, to reach distinct target audiences for the film’s campaign.

Title: “He Named Me Malala” Screening and Panel Discussion
Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 from 6:00-7:30 pm EDT
Location:  UN Church Center
Capacity: 160 people
Audience: CSW participants including representatives from NGOs, partner organizations, country representatives, foundations, grassroots organizations; youth advocates and college students; and members of the press.
The parallel event, held outside the United Nations, will increase awareness about the importance of men being part of the solution to gender disparity. Gender equality is not a ‘women’s concern’ but the responsibility of all individuals and of the society as whole and requires the active contribution and input from both women and men. In the past, gender equality policies have been contextualized mainly as a women’s issue: the battle for gender equality has mainly been fought by women and for women. In the last decade, however, there has been an increasing acknowledgement of the crucial role of men in building gender equality as equal partners with women. Men and masculinities have consequentially increasingly become subjects of studies and part of gender equality policies. The CSW emphasized that men must take joint responsibility with women for the promotion of gender equality and recognized that men and boys can and do make contributions to gender equality in their many capacities, and in all spheres of society. The Commission also recognizes that the participation of men and boys in achieving gender equality must be consistent with the empowerment of women and girls and acknowledges that efforts must be made to address the undervaluation of many types of work, abilities and roles associated with women. In this regard, it is important that resources for gender equality initiatives for men and boys do not compromise equal opportunities and resources for women and girls.

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