The world's 'other Malalas' – Urmila, 22, comes from a family of bonded farmers in Nepal and was sold as a child servant, known as a Kamalari, at the age of 6. After she was freed 11 years later, Urmila started school with the help of non-governmental organizations and began fighting for the rights of Kalamari girls, a campaign that has taken her to meet Nepal's president and prime minister.
Urmila will be presented with a Youth Courage Award for Education by the U.N. special envoy for global education on Friday, July 12.
The world's 'other Malalas' – Marcela, 17, is determined to break the cycle of discrimination against girls in her community near El Salvador's capital, San Salvador. She has joined a project, Cultura de Paz, aiming to raise awareness of social issues and challenges among her community's youth.
Another project close to Marcela's heart is VOCES, through which she shares information on the rights of children via radio and video.