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Have you heard about Malala Yousafzai?

I was inspired to research this young woman and her story because my friend Clare Finkel has been sharing information on her for the past few weeks.

A lot of women are inspired by her young life, and enraged at the things that have been done to her.  Angelina Jolie has been speaking out on her behalf, and promoting her to be nominated for the Nobel Peace prize.

Malala Yousafzai is now a 15 year old girl who has been outspoken on restoring the rights of girls to attend school in her region of Pakistan.

Her area had been held hostage by terrorists who forbid girls from getting an education.  She was very brave and strong and shared her experiences and thoughts in a diary that she sent to the BBC starting at age 11.

She was interviewed on television, and things seemed to be getting better.

Last week, the Taliban ordered her execution and she was shot in the head.  She has survived, and is being treated in the hospital.

To literally add “insult to injury”, the Taliban has launched a vicious Social Media attack on the young girl, who expressed admiration for President Obama.

They said that she was technically an adult now that she turned 15, and that she was a
“spy” who revealed secrets to the media.

Short background info on Malala from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malala_Yousafzai

“Malala Yousafzai (Pashto: ????? ??????? Malalah Yusafzay, born 12 July 1997)[2][3] is a school student from the town of Mingora in Swat District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. She is known for her education and women’s rights activism in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban has at times banned girls from attending school.[4][3] In early 2009, at the age of 11, Yousafzai wrote a blog anonymously for BBC detailing her life under Taliban rule, their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for girls.[10] The following summer, a New York Times documentary[3] was filmed about her life as the Pakistani military intervened in the region, culminating in the Second Battle of Swat.[11] Yousafzai began to rise in prominence, giving interviews in print and on television,[12] and taking a position as chairperson of the District Child Assembly Swat.[13] She has since been nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by Desmond Tutu,[14] and has won Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize.[4]“

Video of her before the attack happened  -

Interesting news stories-

http://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/2012/10/16/angelina-jolie-speaks-out-for-wounded-pakistani-girl-shot-by-taliban/1637249/

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/15/world/asia/malala-yousafzai-is-sent-to-britain-for-medical-treatment.html

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/16/after-a-bullet-in-the-head-assaults-on-a-pakistani-schoolgirls-character-follow/

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/16/world/asia/malala-yousafzai-taliban-shooting-victim.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&_r=0

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alayna-ahmad/malala-yousafzai-assassination-war-intellectual-freedom_b_1971187.html

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  1. stefanobossi
    October 19, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    It’s terrible! mu heart goes out to her … hope she will recover. She’s a hero in my book.

    • October 19, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      Thanks Stefano. How is your family doing?

  2. October 23, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Such a tragedy!

    • October 23, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      Appreciate the comment, Alexandra

  3. October 23, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Tooo many places in the world are still so hostile to women. Thank you for helping to spread Malala’s story.

  4. Elizabeth Maness
    October 23, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Such a sad tragic story. She is definitely a hero for all she stood for anf believed in !

    • October 23, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      Appreciate your note, Elizabeth

  5. October 23, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Amazing Young lady… Kudos

  6. October 24, 2012 at 12:29 am

    This is really a travesty. I hope that she can recover…

    • October 24, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      Thanks for your note, Sherie.

  7. October 24, 2012 at 1:12 am

    the world has a long way to go on women’s rights. I’m just grateful to live where I am, although, must keep a watchful eye to make sure our rights stay

  8. October 24, 2012 at 2:07 am

    How sad and inspiring at the same time. Praying for her . . .

  9. October 25, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    My heart breaks for her and the women of her cult. I pray for those women constantly and hope that we can help make a difference in their lives. That is one of the only reasons I want to help fight for the a secular government for all countries.

    • October 25, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks for the support, Elizabeth

  10. October 26, 2012 at 8:24 am

    This courageous girl’s story gets a lot of well deserved media coverage in the UK. She is still in hospital but doing really well. Her family flew to the UK today and she asked her dad to bring her books so that she study for her exams. She is simply inspirational. Thank you for sharing the story Sally.

    • October 26, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      Thanks so much for your input, Carolyn!

  11. October 27, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Thank you for sharing this story, Sally. She sounds like an Amazing young lady. I too will keep her in my thoughts and prayers.

    • October 27, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      Appreciate your note, Susan

  12. November 12, 2012 at 10:14 am

    What a brave person. Sad that these things still happen in the world.

    • November 12, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      So glad that you saw this post, Donna!

  13. Luuzzy
    December 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Wow :(

  14. February 25, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    However, his detention has not stopped Xiaobo from acting as an outspoken critic
    of Chinese authorities. Beijing officials are not struck by the prestige of Xiaobo’s new distinction.
    Earlier today, the Norwegian Nobel Committee declared Liu
    Xiaobo the winner of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.

  1. October 17, 2012 at 8:25 am

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