Malala Yousafzai, named after Malalai of Maiwand, a Pashtun poet and warrior woman. This young woman has truly lived up to her name.
Malala Yousafzai, born in 1998, is a student from the town of Mingora in Swat District , Khyber, Pakhtoonkhwa, Pakistan. What is so special about this young woman is her role in women’s rights activism in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban regime has banned girls from attending school.
In 2009, at the age of 11, Yousafzai came to prominence through a blog she wrote for the BBC, detailing her life under the Tehrik-i-Taliban regime and their attempts to take control of the valley, a confrontation which would later require the Pakistani military to intervene. Yousafzai has since been nominated for several awards, and has won Pakistan’s first National Peace Prize.
On October 9th, 2012 this young woman was shot in the head by the Taliban. She is currently fighting for her life, and has recently underwent a 3 hour surgery and is in serious condition.
I’m not posting this for followers, donations, or any sort of recognition at all. I only ask that some of you, even just one, read this and look into yourselves.
This is a young woman, only an eighth grader, fighting for something that we have already accepted as a right. This young woman is standing up to one of the most powerful criminal organizations on the planet, all for women’s rights and a place to sit in school.
I am so proud of this young woman, and I pray that she recovers. She is someone whom I truly thank and truly look up to, even if she is younger and from a completely different background than me.
I hope you realize that by reading this, you are making yourself aware of something that needs to be brought to the attention of our leaders and amongst our peers. I hope that, with this young girl, you can empower yourself to change something even if it’s something small.
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