14 Jul Malala Yousafzai- A True Inspiration for all
Are you lacking in inspiration? I bet you won’t come across a more inspirational story than of Malala Yousafzai, a women education activist from Pakistan. If being a women activist was not challenging enough, on top of it she belonged to Pakistan where participation of women in social welfare activities is taken as a sin.
The Orthodox and conservative thinking of the people always propel them to stand against the fact that women should get an education. You can identify a notable trend in developing countries like India and Pakistan that people don’t send their daughters to school. This trend needs to be changed. This is foolishness. This mentality needs to be changed as soon as it can be. Malala is fighting for it. But it’s such an uphill task that she cannot succeed alone we need to unite force and help her in the noble cause.
Malala Yousafzai was born in the Swat district of north-western Pakistan, her father was having a school of his own. At a very slender age, she showed great interest in the social causes of women, especially education.
By the end of 2008, she was writing blogs for BBC on the issues of women. The region she belongs had a perpetual Taliban menace over the decade. On seeing her growing popularity and immense fan base, Taliban took her as a threat to them. On her way back to her home in the afternoon she was shot by the Taliban near her house, she underwent several operations and was fortunate enough to survive.
Despite that attack on herself, she didn’t move an inch back, on the contrary, recovered even strongly.
On monitoring the overwhelming response to Malala, the United Nations was left with no choice but to call her to their headquarters to award her. On 12 July which as a matter of fact was her birthday, delivered an impeccable speech on the issue of gender equality in the United Nations podium.
Many of the members of that organization were of the opinion that her speech was so impactful that it made them ponder over the issue for a while, and not to mention the round of standing ovations she amassed. That very day was declared as the Malala Day by the UN. On October 10, 2013, the European Parliament awarded Yousafzai the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, in April 2017, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio appointed Yousafzai as a U.N. Messenger of Peace to promote girls education.
Later on, Malala became the youngest person ever to have won the prestigious Nobel prize in the field of peace. On the day of the award ceremony, the former general of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon addressed Malala as a brave and gentle messenger of peace who by the simple act of going to school gave us the message for the ages.
She has also come up with a book of her own “ I am Malala “ in 2013: the girl who was shot in the head by Taliban. The book became an international bestseller. Malala choose the occasion of her 16th birthday for stating that “ no child has to die for going to school, the teacher should not fear to teach, children should not fear to learn “.
To sum up, being Malala isn’t easy at all, and to even replicating a minor percentage of what she has done to bring about changes in the lives of women, would be undermining her efforts. Here at this place, we should take a moment to praise her for what she has managed to do, she truly deserves your applauds.