Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Strong Women, Inspiring Girls: Ep 2

Malala Yousafzai is known as the young girl from Pakistan who was shot point blank by a Taliban gunman, all because she believes in education for all and women's rights (a year ago this week). It is only by God that she survived. She is a very wise and well spoken young women. She is the youngest person ever to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize (2013).

When asked where her love and passion of education come from, she replied "We are human beings...We don't learn the importance of anything until it's snatched from our hands..." She said that the moment when she was stopped from going to school she realized how important education was and that it was power for women. She believes that the Taliban is afraid of educated women because they will become more powerful. When she learned that the Taliban was after her, she wasn't afraid for her own life, but for the life of her father. What a selfless thing to think! You just have to listen to her remarkable response when Jon Stewart asked her what she thought after she learned about the threat to her life. She said at first she thought she would try and fight back by hitting them with her shoe, but then she said very wisely, "If I hit them and try to fight back, then there is no difference between me and the gunman. I would be just as cruel as the Taliban. So I would tell him how important education is and why we need it. I would tell him how much I wanted his children to be educated. Then I would say 'That's what I wanted to tell you, now do what you want to me." (paraphrase, and no where near as powerful as hearing her say it).

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After she was attacked, Malala remained in critical condition. But God has a purpose for her, so she pulled through. When she had recovered, she spoke out and stood up for the issue that got her shot. She stood up and said "I am Malala." She was not afraid to tell the Taliban that she was back and she was ready to continue her fight.

Being as blessed as we are, Americans often take education and freedom for granted. We gripe and complain about going to school, (most of us for free!), and we skip classes and fall asleep during lectures. We are so spoiled when it comes to school. We have no idea what it is like for people across the world, who beg to go to school and become educated. Like Malala said, "We don't learn the importance of anything until it is snatched from our hands."

It is time for us to stand up for what we believe in. We need to join in the fight. Whatever it might be, we need to be proactive and not just wait around for someone else to do your job. Stand up and say "I am Malala".


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