She’s known for her awards, inspiring words and continuous battle promoting equal education for girls.
What’s the real story? Malala Yousafzai’s ongoing courage and strength at such a young age with such a tragic story had the power to inspire the world all the way from the valley of Swat in Pakistan. She proves to us that you can never be too young to make a difference.
It started with a blog post to BBC news explaining her views and dreams of an equal education system for girls as given to boys; a schooling system she was certainly deprived of. Her rebellious and countercultural stances against the government led her to survive three bullets, one of which hit the left side of her forehead. Such bravery and devotion from an eleven-year-old captured the hearts and minds of individuals across the world.
Through her years growing into a mature, confident and strong-willed teenager, Yousafzai’s dream of equal education for young girls started to become a reality.
The struggles she lived during her childhood inspired her to create the Malala Fund. Aiming to create societies where girls are offered equal education as boys, Yousafzai demands change. This fund allows her to continue devoting her life to shedding light on the plight of millions of underprivileged children.
Malala Yousafzai shares her beliefs, struggles and dreams for a better world in her book, I Am Malala. With the core idea mentioned throughout her story, she passionately believes that peace is the answer to change. Even with her worst enemies.
Yousafzai explains, “you must not treat others with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education.”
As a young Muslim girl whose fight for justice is driven by her love for her religion, Yousafzai shatters stereotypes. She represents the majority of Muslim women who are not oppressed and who are educated. Her love for education gives her the courage to speak out and prove that age is but a number.
“I raise my voice not so that I can shout, but so those without a voice can be heard.” Yousafzai describes.
Recently visiting Jordan refugee camps, Yousafzai advocates the education and rights for the millions of Syrians displaced from their homes and stripped of their freedom.
Yousafzai explains, “Now, when I think of these children, I can feel what they would be feeling now and what they are suffering through. So that’s why I think that it’s a responsibility to protect these children.”
As she meets prominent and well-respected world leaders like President Obama and Queen Elizabeth, Yousafzai’s accomplishments are recognized world-wide.
Malala Yousafzai proves to us that great people cannot be held down, no matter how difficult the challenge may be.