If this does not change, we fear you and your fellow leaders could be sleep-walking the world towards one of the greatest failures of recent history. It's not too late to rise to the occasion.
When Malala Yousafzai collected her World's Children's Prize in Stockholm last month, she donated her prize money to help rebuild schools in Gaza.
In 2014, we saw more and more high-profile women not only defend feminism, but define what it means: The simple belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.
In 2014 the word "feminism" was all over the media, from politics to music, reaching audiences it never has before. Here were some of the most notable moments.
This "war against education" from the Taliban has effectively crippled the future of Pakistan, ensuring that the vast human potential of the nation will be going to waste. However, in the wake of the attack in Peshawar, there needs to be a concerted attempt by the state and people of Pakistan to reform and support the education system.
Once again, the global community is in the rare position of having its eye turned toward this sweeping issue, which at present keeps as many as three-quarters of girls in the country from attending school.
Sometimes the cruelty is subtle. It is the plight of poor children in poor neighborhoods here in the United States who start their lives at a disadvantage and because of factors such as inadequate school funding and family support services have that disadvantage increase over time.
The story is as old as the tale of Moses but to see it repeated and repeated is shocking - the deliberate killing of children for political or religious reasons.
A corrective political course in Pakistan is the need of the hour. Corruption needs to be eradicated and good governance is essential.
The school attack is a moment of reckoning for the Pakistani government, and more so for the Pakistani army, which is a major player in Pakistani politics.
The year 2014 will stand out to us for a multitude of reasons. For me, what resonates the most is the highs and lows we experienced in our efforts to create gender equality in education worldwide.
Today, millions of children in Pakistan and around the world will return to their schools and will continue this fight. I know that I will have a very specific message for my own child as she grows... that no one belief system is higher or more worthy than another.
Why are schools and universities the scenes of such violence? Is it because schools, with all their problems, remain for us places of hope and optimism?
We've been told that terrorism is hard to fight because while you can kill a person, it is hard to kill an idea. By the same token, terrorists can kill people, but also fail to destroy ideas.
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When TIME ignores so many influential women in favor of less influential men, it increases the disparity of how women are viewed in society because when they put something on the cover (and choose to ignore other subjects), people talk about it (or don't), regardless of its importance or accuracy.