Spotlight on: Malala Yousafzai
Posted on 23 March 2016
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There can be so many people who inspire you. We love women who stay strong and achieve something with a good heart and willpower. Each week we'll set the spotlight on a different inspiring woman! This weeks power woman is the beautiful Malala Yousafzai.
Malala Yousafzai. This young girl is an inspiration to us because she managed to make a change at such a young age. She left her permanent footmarks by standing up for women’s right to education and even being shot didn’t stop her from completing her mission! At the age of 15, she therefor received numerous peace awards and even the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.
” I don’t know why, but hearing I was being targeted did not worry me. It seemed to me that everybody knows they will die one day.” I am Malala
How it all got started
Malala was born on 12 juli 1997 in Mingora, Pakistan. Her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, always loved learning. School and education was very important to him. He ran a school close to his family’s house and was known as a big advocate for education in Pakistan, a country with the second highest number of out of school children in the world. Ziauddin became an outspoken opponent of the Taliban when they tried to restrict education and stop girls from going to school. Malala’s dad was a rolemodel to her. He was her hero and one of the main reasons she became an education activists.
When did Malala started to become an education activist
Malala and her father were both passionated with education they loved going to school and to learn. When the Taliban’s military hold on the valley in the province Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa called in Pakistan called Swat in 2009, Malala began writing a blog for the BBC Urdi service about the fears that her school would be attacked and the increasing military activity in the valley Swat. She wrote her blog under a pseudonym.
Television and music were banned, women were prevented from going shopping and Ziauddin’s school was shut. Malala and her father received death threats but nothing stopped them from standing strong, they continued to speak out for the right to education. Malala’s anonymous diary about the life under Taliban rule received a lot of attention, later on she was featured in a documentary made for The New York Times and was revealed as the author of the BBC blog.
Malala received Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace. In response to her rising popularity, Taliban leaders voted to kill her. Malala survived the initial attack, but was in a critical condition. She moved to Birmingham in the United Kingdom for a treatment at a hospital that specialises in military injuries, she got discharged in 2013.
After the attempt from the Taliban to kill Malala, the whole world was in shock and in protest. Famous people made awareness and over 2 million people signed a right to education petition and the National Assembly swiftly ratified Pakistan's first Right To Free and Compulsory Education Bill.
Malala became a global advocate for the millions of girls who were being denied for a formal education because of social, economic, legal and political factors.
In 2013, Malala and Ziauddin co-founded the Malala Fund to bring awareness to the social and economic impact of girls' education and to empower girls to raise their voices, to unlock their potential and to demand change. This inspiring young woman accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on 10 december, 2014, she contributed her $1.1 million prize money to financing the creation of a secondary school for girls in Pakistan.
Big applause for her, or better lets give her a standing ovation and lets learn from her dedication!
Malala Yousafzai, you are the definition of a powerwoman! Deepest respect towards you and your purpose. Education is certainly the key to a more loving world.
This blog has been written by Maissa, a 20 years old commercial economics student and a committed lover of modest fashion. If she could describe herself in one quote: “Sometimes i pretend to be normal. But it gets boring. So i go back to being me.”