Bullying takes many forms. Some are extreme, relying on knives or bullets. We believe that the attack on Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan by the Taliban falls into this category: extreme bullying. You likely know the story by now, at once inspiring and horrifying. Malala is a courageous, outspoken advocate of education for girls such as herself. Girls who typically aren’t able to study because of cultural or religious barriers. She is a most remarkable young lady indeed. But earlier this month, she was shot in the head during an assassination attempt. The gunman failed to silence Malala. Instead, she is recovering in a hospital without apparent brain damage — and vowing to return to school in Pakistan. The Humanity Project applauds her brave efforts to improve the lives of women. And we also feel inspired to re-double our own work to combat bullying and intimidation and violence in any form. Now we have a new and important partner in this endeavor. The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation is the Humanity Project’s newest sponsor — and we are honored by their support. Ben Cohen is a rugby World Cup champion whose father was killed when trying to defend an employee. Mr. Cohen’s foundation was created to encourage all of us to help others become fully developed individuals who are free of bullying in any form. As Mr. Cohen writes on the StandUp Foundation website: “It is time we stand up for what is right and support people who are being harmed. Every person on this planet has a right to be true to themselves, to love and be loved, and to be happy.” We wholeheartedly agree. And we want to thank Mr. Cohen and the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation for their battle to end all forms of bullying. You can learn more about the foundation by clicking here: http://www.standupfoundation.com/. We believe our partnership with this wonderful organization is a natural extension of the work both groups have been doing for years. By combining forces, both the Humanity Project and the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation can accomplish even more to stop bullying in our communities and beyond. Thank you, Mr. Cohen!
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