Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai had her last day of school on Friday, and she took advantage of the milestone to do something many of us succumbed to years ago — to join Twitter.
That said, there is no chance the 19-year-old Pakistani teen will be using the platform to retweet memes and sarcastic jokes. No, as U.N. Messenger for Peace, a survivor of a brutal assassination attempt by the Taliban in 2012, and an international figure for girls’ education, this inspiring woman will be doing so much more than that.
“Graduating from secondary school (high school) is bittersweet for me,” she tweeted, “I’m excited about my future, but I know that millions of girls around the world are out of school and may never get the opportunity to complete their education.”
She then told Twitter about her upcoming mission, explaining that “next week, I will be back on my #GirlPowerTrip to meet girls in Middle East, Africa & Latin America. Each girl’s story is unique—and girls’ voices are our most powerful weapons in the fight for education and equality. On and off Twitter, I’m fighting for girls—will you join me?”
She sent her first tweet on Friday, and she has already amassed 600,000 followers and received an outpouring of support from world leaders and celebrities alike: everyone from Mindy Kaling to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is welcoming her to the platform and encouraging her to continue using her voice for good.
“Thank you to everyone for the warm welcome,” she tweeted after responding to many replies directly, “I’m still reading all your replies and it may take awhile. Glad I joined AFTER exams!”
We can’t wait to see how this bold, resilient, passionate young woman will continue to change the world.