Malala Yousafzai: Making a Change in Women’s Rights

by SO on March 17, 2014 - 10:51am

In 2012, a young girl by the name of Malala Yousafzai captured our attention when she was shot in the head by the Taliban… and survived. The now 16 year old was shot for fighting for women’s right to education, but how did it get that far?

 

At the age of 11, Malala starting blogging against the Taliban under a pseudonym for the BBC. In her posts she shared her love for learning and for education in general. She was one of the few lucky girls in her town who attended school. The school was founded by her own father, who advocated for education as well. As a family preoccupation, she was greatly supported by her family in her journey to fight for her rights. All throughout her young life, she adored going to school and was a top student, winning countless awards.

 

On October 9th of 2012, Malala was riding home from school with her fellow schoolmates. As the bus came to a stop, a young man came in asking « Who is Malala? ». As everyone turned to her, the man shot 3 bullets, hitting her in the head with one. Following the event, she was transferred to a hospital in England where her medical needs could be better met, and where she could be safe. As reporters started pouring in, she never backed down. She continued to speak against the Taliban in hopes of one day gaining more rights for women in her country, especially education for all. Following her shooting, this young activist wrote a book on her life which can be found in local book stores around the world.

 

Since her shooting, she has spoken at the United Nations Youth Assembly, which earned her great recognition. In honour for her courage against the Taliban, they named July 12 Malala Day, which is also her birthday. Nearly two months after the incident, she received, from a Dutch organization specializing in children’s rights, the International Childrens Peace Prize. In addition, Bono (yes the lead singer of U2!) presented her with the Ambassador of Conscience Award in 2013 by Amnesty International. She is also the youngest person to ever be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, and although she didn’t win, she remains very grateful for the nomination and will continue to advocate education rights even the Taliban continue to threaten her.  To follow her activist work or donate, young girls all around the world visit The Malala Fund’s website malalafund.org. The fund’s purpose is to complete projects to help all young girls come out of the Taliban’s abuse and provide education for all.

 

Malala, youth activist who has been has spent years already fighting for young girls’ right to education, has high hopes of one day seeing girls finally equal to men in her country. Of the few women who do get degrees in her country, they are limited to two professions: teacher, and doctor. However, Malala hopes to one day become a great politician and make great changes.

 

Sources:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/malala-yousafzai-s-shooting-by-taliban-made-millions-of-malalas-speak-up-1.1929982

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/malala-yousafzai-honored-nobel-peace-prize-nom-article-1.1482919

 

Useful links:

malalafund.org

 

Other references:

I Am Malala: The girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban (Book)

Comments

First I would just like to mention that Malala Yousafzai is amazing and we all should look up to her. I think the post does a great job with chronicling the journey of her young life. As a woman, I believe that even though women have many rights there is still gender inequality in America. We still live in a society where the term “unladylike” is used regarding simple things like a girl burping. I think that no matter what gender you are if you burp you should say excuse me. It may seem like a tiny thing but why is there a difference between the genders. Outside of America the inequality is much greater and that makes Malala’s stand even more astounding. Your post boasts what great things that Malala has done but also you mention the other people involved, which I see as very important.
There are times when one person makes a stand but that can be put down and be done with, but real change occurs when people around notice the change is needed and stand up with them. Malala literally took a bullet to make a stand but was not alone because she had support of her family and was able to be saved because of the medical services that were provided. Also with all the honors, the International Children’s Peace Prize and the Ambassador of Conscience Award, she has received it gets her story out there and backs up her fight for education for women and girls. She is now only 16 years old and is a visionary in the current fight for specifically education for women but also for gender equality overall. The post encompasses Malala’s whole story and shows that no matter how young someone may be, no one is too young to change the world.

I’ve been following her story from the beginning she is truly remarkable. What I find most amazing about her is that she never let the shooting slow her down from what she believes in. As soon as she recovered she continued her crusade for education rights. Whatever fears she had they were replaced by the spirit of her convictions. Her story reminded me of someone locally who suffered a great tragedy but persevered and triumphed over it to continue the good work he’s been doing. In 2009, Rochester Police officer Anthony DiPonzio was shot in the back of the his head while investigating a call about drug activity in a neighborhood. It was unclear whether or not DiPonzio would survive, but doctors were able to remove the bullet without causing severe damage to his brain. For most people, going through something like that might make them decide to pursue another career, but that wasn’t the case with DiPonzio. After months of physical therapy, DiPonzio returned to duty at the police department, ready to resume his duties. Like Malala, his desire to continue the life’s work he chose for himself drove him to overcome this single incident, and become an inspiration for many people in his community.

Malala is and should be an inspiration to anyone and everyone. Having the courage to speak her thoughts, knowing how bad the consequences could be has to take a great amount of courage, more than I would ever have. After being shot it is amazing that Malala will still speak out against the Taliban. At my high school they are doing a project for Malala. A cut out of her face has been put in all of the rooms, because Malala is known as being the face of the women’s rights movement. The school is trying to raise awareness about women’s rights and how often times they are abused. Malala is an inspiration, she shows that no matter who you are you as one person can make a difference.

This is unfortunately a very sad but true story in this time in our history. It is just truly sad that they were at one time; one of the most liberal area’s giving women full rights. It is also so important just to be able to understand how bad things are when an 11 year old child knows that she has to fight and be willing to lose her life for progress. So if she has the strength to fight so should everybody else. This because it was just the other day that I was unfortunately watching the news hearing President Obama talking about how he is going to get equal pay for women, and work on getting women equal access for all jobs. I this because for one I am a female, for two I am in the military, for three I am a Mechanic in the military, and for four I am a double major for Criminal Justice and Sociology. So for the longest time I have been in jobs that are dominated by males. Although I am truly more fortunate that Malala, I am supported by my co-workers, and am not judged by my sexuality. But being deployed to that area, I got to see firsthand the discrimination that is put on the females in that area. To see a school with only boy’s being educated, to then have them see me with them either pointing or laughing at me, because it is something that is foreign to their teachings and upbringing. Although I must say that when the opportunity came about for me to interact with them I was treated with the upmost respect.

This is unfortunately a very sad but true story in this time in our history. It is just truly sad that they were at one time; one of the most liberal area’s giving women full rights. It is also so important just to be able to understand how bad things are when an 11 year old child knows that she has to fight and be willing to lose her life for progress. So if she has the strength to fight so should everybody else. This because it was just the other day that I was unfortunately watching the news hearing President Obama talking about how he is going to get equal pay for women, and work on getting women equal access for all jobs. I this because for one I am a female, for two I am in the military, for three I am a Mechanic in the military, and for four I am a double major for Criminal Justice and Sociology. So for the longest time I have been in jobs that are dominated by males. Although I am truly more fortunate that Malala, I am supported by my co-workers, and am not judged by my sexuality. But being deployed to that area, I got to see firsthand the discrimination that is put on the females in that area. To see a school with only boy’s being educated, to then have them see me with them either pointing or laughing at me, because it is something that is foreign to their teachings and upbringing. Although I must say that when the opportunity came about for me to interact with them I was treated with the upmost respect.

This is unfortunately a very sad but true story in this time in our history. It is just truly sad that they were at one time; one of the most liberal area’s giving women full rights. It is also so important just to be able to understand how bad things are when an 11 year old child knows that she has to fight and be willing to lose her life for progress. So if she has the strength to fight so should everybody else. This because it was just the other day that I was unfortunately watching the news hearing President Obama talking about how he is going to get equal pay for women, and work on getting women equal access for all jobs. I this because for one I am a female, for two I am in the military, for three I am a Mechanic in the military, and for four I am a double major for Criminal Justice and Sociology. So for the longest time I have been in jobs that are dominated by males. Although I am truly more fortunate that Malala, I am supported by my co-workers, and am not judged by my sexuality. But being deployed to that area, I got to see firsthand the discrimination that is put on the females in that area. To see a school with only boy’s being educated, to then have them see me with them either pointing or laughing at me, because it is something that is foreign to their teachings and upbringing. Although I must say that when the opportunity came about for me to interact with them I was treated with the upmost respect.

This is unfortunately a very sad but true story in this time in our history. It is just truly sad that they were at one time; one of the most liberal area’s giving women full rights. It is also so important just to be able to understand how bad things are when an 11 year old child knows that she has to fight and be willing to lose her life for progress. So if she has the strength to fight so should everybody else. This because it was just the other day that I was unfortunately watching the news hearing President Obama talking about how he is going to get equal pay for women, and work on getting women equal access for all jobs. I this because for one I am a female, for two I am in the military, for three I am a Mechanic in the military, and for four I am a double major for Criminal Justice and Sociology. So for the longest time I have been in jobs that are dominated by males. Although I am truly more fortunate that Malala, I am supported by my co-workers, and am not judged by my sexuality. But being deployed to that area, I got to see firsthand the discrimination that is put on the females in that area. To see a school with only boy’s being educated, to then have them see me with them either pointing or laughing at me, because it is something that is foreign to their teachings and upbringing. Although I must say that when the opportunity came about for me to interact with them I was treated with the upmost respect.

This is unfortunately a very sad but true story in this time in our history. It is just truly sad that they were at one time; one of the most liberal area’s giving women full rights. It is also so important just to be able to understand how bad things are when an 11 year old child knows that she has to fight and be willing to lose her life for progress. So if she has the strength to fight so should everybody else. This because it was just the other day that I was unfortunately watching the news hearing President Obama talking about how he is going to get equal pay for women, and work on getting women equal access for all jobs. I this because for one I am a female, for two I am in the military, for three I am a Mechanic in the military, and for four I am a double major for Criminal Justice and Sociology. So for the longest time I have been in jobs that are dominated by males. Although I am truly more fortunate that Malala, I am supported by my co-workers, and am not judged by my sexuality. But being deployed to that area, I got to see firsthand the discrimination that is put on the females in that area. To see a school with only boy’s being educated, to then have them see me with them either pointing or laughing at me, because it is something that is foreign to their teachings and upbringing. Although I must say that when the opportunity came about for me to interact with them I was treated with the upmost respect.

This is unfortunately a very sad but true story in this time in our history. It is just truly sad that they were at one time; one of the most liberal area’s giving women full rights. It is also so important just to be able to understand how bad things are when an 11 year old child knows that she has to fight and be willing to lose her life for progress. So if she has the strength to fight so should everybody else. This because it was just the other day that I was unfortunately watching the news hearing President Obama talking about how he is going to get equal pay for women, and work on getting women equal access for all jobs. I this because for one I am a female, for two I am in the military, for three I am a Mechanic in the military, and for four I am a double major for Criminal Justice and Sociology. So for the longest time I have been in jobs that are dominated by males. Although I am truly more fortunate that Malala, I am supported by my co-workers, and am not judged by my sexuality. But being deployed to that area, I got to see firsthand the discrimination that is put on the females in that area. To see a school with only boy’s being educated, to then have them see me with them either pointing or laughing at me, because it is something that is foreign to their teachings and upbringing. Although I must say that when the opportunity came about for me to interact with them I was treated with the upmost respect.

This is unfortunately a very sad but true story in this time in our history. It is just truly sad that they were at one time; one of the most liberal area’s giving women full rights. It is also so important just to be able to understand how bad things are when an 11 year old child knows that she has to fight and be willing to lose her life for progress. So if she has the strength to fight so should everybody else. This because it was just the other day that I was unfortunately watching the news hearing President Obama talking about how he is going to get equal pay for women, and work on getting women equal access for all jobs. I this because for one I am a female, for two I am in the military, for three I am a Mechanic in the military, and for four I am a double major for Criminal Justice and Sociology. So for the longest time I have been in jobs that are dominated by males. Although I am truly more fortunate that Malala, I am supported by my co-workers, and am not judged by my sexuality. But being deployed to that area, I got to see firsthand the discrimination that is put on the females in that area. To see a school with only boy’s being educated, to then have them see me with them either pointing or laughing at me, because it is something that is foreign to their teachings and upbringing. Although I must say that when the opportunity came about for me to interact with them I was treated with the upmost respect.

This is unfortunately a very sad but true story in this time in our history. It is just truly sad that they were at one time; one of the most liberal area’s giving women full rights. It is also so important just to be able to understand how bad things are when an 11 year old child knows that she has to fight and be willing to lose her life for progress. So if she has the strength to fight so should everybody else. This because it was just the other day that I was unfortunately watching the news hearing President Obama talking about how he is going to get equal pay for women, and work on getting women equal access for all jobs. I this because for one I am a female, for two I am in the military, for three I am a Mechanic in the military, and for four I am a double major for Criminal Justice and Sociology. So for the longest time I have been in jobs that are dominated by males. Although I am truly more fortunate that Malala, I am supported by my co-workers, and am not judged by my sexuality. But being deployed to that area, I got to see firsthand the discrimination that is put on the females in that area. To see a school with only boy’s being educated, to then have them see me with them either pointing or laughing at me, because it is something that is foreign to their teachings and upbringing. Although I must say that when the opportunity came about for me to interact with them I was treated with the upmost respect.

This is unfortunately a very sad but true story in this time in our history. It is just truly sad that they were at one time; one of the most liberal area’s giving women full rights. It is also so important just to be able to understand how bad things are when an 11 year old child knows that she has to fight and be willing to lose her life for progress. So if she has the strength to fight so should everybody else. This because it was just the other day that I was unfortunately watching the news hearing President Obama talking about how he is going to get equal pay for women, and work on getting women equal access for all jobs. I this because for one I am a female, for two I am in the military, for three I am a Mechanic in the military, and for four I am a double major for Criminal Justice and Sociology. So for the longest time I have been in jobs that are dominated by males. Although I am truly more fortunate that Malala, I am supported by my co-workers, and am not judged by my sexuality. But being deployed to that area, I got to see firsthand the discrimination that is put on the females in that area. To see a school with only boy’s being educated, to then have them see me with them either pointing or laughing at me, because it is something that is foreign to their teachings and upbringing. Although I must say that when the opportunity came about for me to interact with them I was treated with the upmost respect.

This is unfortunately a very sad but true story in this time in our history. It is just truly sad that they were at one time; one of the most liberal area’s giving women full rights. It is also so important just to be able to understand how bad things are when an 11 year old child knows that she has to fight and be willing to lose her life for progress. So if she has the strength to fight so should everybody else. This because it was just the other day that I was unfortunately watching the news hearing President Obama talking about how he is going to get equal pay for women, and work on getting women equal access for all jobs. I this because for one I am a female, for two I am in the military, for three I am a Mechanic in the military, and for four I am a double major for Criminal Justice and Sociology. So for the longest time I have been in jobs that are dominated by males. Although I am truly more fortunate that Malala, I am supported by my co-workers, and am not judged by my sexuality. But being deployed to that area, I got to see firsthand the discrimination that is put on the females in that area. To see a school with only boy’s being educated, to then have them see me with them either pointing or laughing at me, because it is something that is foreign to their teachings and upbringing. Although I must say that when the opportunity came about for me to interact with them I was treated with the upmost respect.

This is unfortunately a very sad but true story in this time in our history. It is just truly sad that they were at one time; one of the most liberal area’s giving women full rights. It is also so important just to be able to understand how bad things are when an 11 year old child knows that she has to fight and be willing to lose her life for progress. So if she has the strength to fight so should everybody else. This because it was just the other day that I was unfortunately watching the news hearing President Obama talking about how he is going to get equal pay for women, and work on getting women equal access for all jobs. I this because for one I am a female, for two I am in the military, for three I am a Mechanic in the military, and for four I am a double major for Criminal Justice and Sociology. So for the longest time I have been in jobs that are dominated by males. Although I am truly more fortunate that Malala, I am supported by my co-workers, and am not judged by my sexuality. But being deployed to that area, I got to see firsthand the discrimination that is put on the females in that area. To see a school with only boy’s being educated, to then have them see me with them either pointing or laughing at me, because it is something that is foreign to their teachings and upbringing. Although I must say that when the opportunity came about for me to interact with them I was treated with the upmost respect.

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