I don’t want to be thought of as the “girl who fought the Taliban” but “the girl who fought the education”.
This is the cause I want to devote my life to.
At the age of 11, Malala was blogging for the BBC on the conditions of living under the Taliban’s extreme measures that discouraged education for girls she did this in anonymity.
However, a year later she was shot on her way home from and luckily survived this attack.
This didn’t slow her down and if anything she used her voice to articulate her advocacy for women’s education.
She went on to win a Nobel Peace Prize at only 17 in 2014 and her speech gave us all chills, “the terrorists thought that they would change our aims and stop our ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage were born.”
In congratulating Yousafzai, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said: “She is (the) pride of Pakistan, she has made her countrymen proud. Her achievement is unparalleled and unequaled. Girls and boys of the world should take lead from her struggle and commitment.” Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described Malala as “a brave and gentle advocate of peace who, through the simple act of going to school, became a global teacher.”
We couldn’t think of a young woman who has impacted more than this young lady and in her book, ” I am Malala” and the work of her organization as well as her keynote speeches in various forums most recently, Davos- World Economic Forum.
Congratulations Malala as well as your supporting family and friends.
Truly Educate A girl and Let Her do the Rest.