Malala Yousafzai – Children’s Activist, Women’s Rights Activist

Malala Yousafzai, the super-girl from Pakistan who was all over the tabloids in the year 2013, for her bold stand against Taliban’s oppression and crusade for girls’ education. She was chosen as the ‘Woman of the Year 2013’ by Glamour Magazine and was in the time’s list of ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’ the same year.

Malala Yousafzai – Wikipedia

Malala Yousafzai (S.St) (Malālah Yūsafzay: Urdu: ملالہ یوسفزئی‎; Pashto: ملاله یوسفزۍ[məˈlaːlə jusəf ˈzəj]; born 12 July 1997) is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.[3] She is known mainly for human rights advocacy for education and for women in her native Swat Valley in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Malala’s advocacy has since grown into an international movement.

Malala’s impassioned stance on education and women’s rights can be traced to her roots, since her father is an education activist himself. Malala was born on 12th July, 1997 into a Sunni Muslim family in Mingora, Swat district in North-West Pakistan. She has two younger brothers. Her father encouraged her to pursue politics and would discuss social issues with her till late at night.

Malala Yousafzai, Gul Makai Quotes

Malala Yousafzai Quotes

When she was only 11 years old, she gave her first speech at Peshawar, where she asked “How dare the Taliban take way my basic right to education?” Thereafter, she started writing a blog anonymously under the pseudonym of ‘Gul Makai”.

A documentary was also filmed on her life. She grew popular and openly gave her views on television and newspapers. She was nominated for International Children’s Peace Prize by South African activist Desmond Tutu. Seeing her worldwide growing support, Taliban felt threatened. A gunman shot at her on 9 October, 2012. She was sent to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in England, where she recuperated. On 12th October, A Fatwa was issued against Taliban for attempting to kill her.

Her assassination bid only strengthened her cause. A UN petition ‘I am Malala’ was launched with the aim to put all the children in school by the end of 2015. This helped in the ratification of Pakistan’s first Right to Education Bill. She also won her country’s first Youth Peace Prize and contended alongside Nelson Mandela for the Nobel Peace Prize (2013).

Her name literally means ‘grief-stricken’, but she chose not to lead a life of subjugation and offered a ray of hope to millions of girls like her. She can rightly be called an ‘incarnation of Malalai’, A Pashtun female warrior, whom she is named after. We salute her vision and courage.

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