Female education is still a big question mark for most of people, especially in rural areas. Whether to send the girl child to college or not after the schooling is the biggest discussion in many families even now. One such star we have on our earth is Malala Yousafzai who fought for the female education. Nothing stopped her from going to school.
On this Malala Day, let’s learn a few things about this courageous girl who changed the world with her magic pencil.
Way to go, the Baby girl is born!
Born on July 12, 1997, in Mingora, Swat Valley, Pakistan. She was born in a place where nobody congratulates when a girl is born. A girl is meant only to give birth, cook food and to take care of her family.
Things Go Better with Fathers support
Her father was a teacher in the same girl’s school where she studied. In 2008, Pakistani Taliban (TTP) ordered strict Islamic law destroying and shutting down girls schools. Girls were not allowed to participate in any activities in the society.
Her first speech
On September 1, 2008, Malala was 11years old, her father took her to a local press club where she delivered a speech – “How Taliban Take away My Basic Right to Education”.Her address became so famous that the TTP angrily shut down all the girl’s schools.
That one Blog that changed her life
The BBC approached Malala’s father and requested to blog on the quality of life under TTP rule. Under the pseudo name “Gul Makai “ she began writing regular entries for BBC Urdu from Jan 2009 – March 2009. She began appearing in local and international media on behalf of girls which made her a target for Taliban. Owing to this, TTP allowed them to attend schools on the condition that they wear burkhas.
Her First Recognition
In Dec 2009, She received the “Pakistan’s First National Youth Peace Prize” award for her excellent work. Once her identity is known, she began to acquire widespread recognition.
Between Life and Death
On October 9, 2012, she was shot in the head by a TTP gunman while she was returning home from school. She survived the attack with critical injuries on her head and was flown to England for surgery where she recovered.
A Second Life
After months of surgeries, she continued her fight until every girl is allowed to go to school.
Nobel Prize is on the way!
On July 12, 2013, her 16th birthday she addressed an audience of 500 at the United Nations which later declared as “Malala Day”.
In December 2014, she received the prestigious “Nobel Peace Prize” and became the youngest-ever Nobel laureate.
Female education is very important. In simple words – getting an education is the fundamental human right of every individual irrespective of gender. When one man can destroy the entire nation, why can’t a woman change it? Malala is one such inspiration for all of us.