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I watched David Letterman interview Malala Yousafzai on Sunday evening and was mesmerized at this Pakistani activist who is the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Prize.

Malala had been attacked and managed to survive a gunshot to her face as she advocated for women and children to be educated in her native Swat Valley in the Khyber region of northwest Pakistan.

Since her recovery in England, she has been on a crusade around the world advocating for girls and women to become educated. Her most important point that she made is that 130 million girls and women are today being denied educations around the world.

John F. Kennedy stated, “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” We are seeing thousands of individuals making a difference in our world today.

On Saturday, I watched on newscasts and live streaming as over 200,000 young people marched in Washington, D.C. and survivors of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting spoke about the Feb. 14 incident in which 17 people died.

What's more, these young people have inspired other students to organize marches across the world that same day. In Canada, students marched in all our major cities.

Every state in the United States, which has seen more than 186,000 students impacted by school shootings, saw youth demonstrating for greater gun safety.

Students of Stoneman Douglas High School have rejected the “Thoughts and Prayers” defense of politicians in the United States. They have become activists demanding change just as Malala Yousafzai has demanded action by governments from around the world to provide education for 130 million women and girls.

The students in the United States told politicians at state and federal levels that failure to tackle gun issues and shootings will have them voted out of office. Those students are 15-17 years old and will have the vote by the next U.S. election.

The youth of the world have been awakened and have become activists. Watch them roar.

—Jim Cumming

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