Malala Yousafzai: Making a Change in Women’s Rights

by SO on Mars 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 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.




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Other references:

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

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