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Assembly

5 July 2018 | Volume 1, Issue 1
  A note from Malala:
Welcome to Assembly! I'm so glad you are here for our first issue.

When I was 11 years old, I began blogging about my life under the Taliban — and I've been speaking out ever since. We created Assembly to give more girls a place to tell their stories and talk about issues they face.

In this newsletter and on our website, we will publish original content by girls from countries around the world. These young leaders inspire me and I can't wait for you to meet them too.

Happy reading!
Malala
Watch the Video
Watch our video about why we're launching Assembly.
 
 
Racing against the odds

13-year-old Tanya Muzinda's road to becoming Africa's first female international motocross star is paved with obstacles.
Tanya on Bike
 
  By Tess Thomas
Trying to become a motocross champion is difficult — think high speeds, rough terrains, frequent crashes and limited protective gear. Trying to become a female motocross champion is even more difficult — male athletes dominate the sport.

But Tanya Muzinda, a 13-year-old motocross racer from Zimbabwe, refuses to be intimidated. She loves the adrenaline from flying through the air on her bike and relishes beating the boys: "I think my favourite part about the sport is when I'm racing against the boys and before the race starts, they might tease you and say, 'Oh you're a girl and you can't do anything.' But when I get on the bike, I show them who I really am."

Unfortunately, Tanya can't compete as often as she wants. "In Zimbabwe, we only have 12 races [a year]," she explained. "In the U.S. and the U.K., there are races every weekend." Fewer opportunities to compete means less experience. This puts Tanya at a distinct disadvantage to her peers, the vast majority of whom are from the U.S. or Europe.

As Tanya attempts to become the first female motocross champion from Africa, she is faced with the challenge: how can she become the best in the world at something that isn't popular in her community?

Read more.
 
 
The Adventures of Rajni
 
 
The Adventures of Rajni
 
  When Rajni was 14 years old, her parents tried to take her out of school to be married — but she had other plans for her future. Joining forces with teen Indian illustrator Priyanka Paul, Rajni shares her remarkable story in this short graphic novel. See more.  
 
Around the World
 
  What are you reading right now?
Maria "'East of Eden' by John Steinbeck. This is one of my favourite books. I cried a lot the first time I read it... For me crying at a book or movie is one of the best feelings ever, that means that it reached to my heart and that it will stay there forever."
— Maria, 14, Romania
"'One Hundred Years of Solitude' by Gabriel García Márquez. I began reading it one week ago."
— Noura, 18, Palestine
Noura
Ione "I'm reading a book titled 'Las calculadoras de estrellas' (that can be translated as 'Stars calculators') by Miguel Ángel Delgado. It talks about the importance of women in science, especially astronomy."
— Ione, 18, Spain
"Jodi Picoult's 'Small Great Things.' It's just so amazing. You should give it a try!!!"
— Nadhira, 19, Malaysia
Nadhira
 
 
Did You Know?
In Brazil and Portugal, 49% of scientific scholarly articles are written by women.
Books
 
 
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  Assembly publishes original work by girls, for girls. And we would love to include your voice! Send us your ideas and you could be featured in the next issue.
 
 
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