malala

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Malala Yousafzai gained media attention in 2009 when she was just 12 years old. Why? Because Pakistan was under attack by terrorists who were part of the Taliban movement. She began writing anonymous blog posts for the BBC and described daily suffering while the Taliban took control of her home town, Swat Valley. She wrote about women’s rights and how important education was to the girls in her town as the Taliban attempted to stop girls going to school. She basically stood up for women’s rights, as well as human rights.

Almost 2 years ago in October 2012, Malala was shot in the head and neck as part of an assassination attempt by terrorists. Once media outlets caught wind of what had happened, her story gained international attention. Many people across the world showed support and she was sent to the UK to receive medical treatment once she was in a stable condition to travel.

As she recovered, she found her voice and began a UN petition, which was handed to Pakistan’s president. She called her petition, “I am Malala” and demanded that every child in the world has access to education by 2015. Throughout her horrific story, she never lost courage or her voice and earlier this year won Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize, in addition to being nominated for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. It’s so inspiring seeing a 16-year old stand up for her rights and show so much courage among violence.

She’s currently in the US promoting her book, “I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban”, and in a recent interview on The Daily Show, said:

 “I believe in equality. I believe there is no difference between a man and a woman. I even believe a woman is more powerful than men.”

Links to the interview can be found here. If you want to support Malala’s petition, then donate to the Malala Fund. The fund aims to create a future for girls and young women by giving them access to education, especially to girls in third world countries. Malala believes that education empowers girls to raise their voices and unlock their potential. We’ll leave you with one last inspiring quote from this truly inspirational young woman.

“I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school. All I want is education. And I am afraid of no one.”

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