The dictionary defines unscripted as ‘something or someone that is not planned for or anticipated’. It also defines unstoppable as ‘something or someone that is incapable of being stopped or prevented’. When these two words are put together as the motto for International Day of the Girl 2019, it opens up a whole world of opportunities and limitless possibilities for girls everywhere. Girls all over the world have done and continue to do amazing things in all fields to make society better despite a lot of opposition and not being taken seriously. Here are some unscripted and unstoppable girls making the world a better place.
When you search for unscripted and unstoppable girls, Malala’s picture is likely to come up. At just 11 years old, she wrote an anonymous diary to the BBC about life under Taliban rule in Pakistan. In addition, she became a huge advocate for girls’ education after the militant group stopped her from going to school. The Taliban later shot her in the head in an assassination attempt when she defied them. This sparked worldwide outrage and tremendous support for Malala’s cause to make sure that all girls got an education. She also became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize at 17 in 2014. Through the Malala Fund, she now makes sure that girls all over the world receive the education they deserve in spite of poverty, war or discrimination.
This 16-year old Swedish environmental activist has been very vocal about climate change and its impact on the world we live in. She started her activism when she was 15 when she organized a school strike for climate outside the Swedish parliament to call for more action on global warming. This quickly got attention and soon other students engaged in similar protests all over the world under the Fridays for Future banner. Greta has become the face of environmental activism among young people, and was recently allowed to air their grievances around what major countries are doing to combat global warming at the UN Climate Action Summit 2019 in New York.