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) 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. 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. The following summer, a New York Times documentary was filmed about her life as the Pakistani military intervened in the region, culminating in the Second Battle of Swat. Yousafzai began to rise in prominence, giving interviews in print and on television, and taking a position as chairperson of the District Child Assembly Swat. She has since been nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by Desmond Tutu, and has won Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize.”
Video of her before the attack happened –
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