Malala,the face of the invisible girls whose global visibility is a turning point for Pakistan’s girls.
An 8th grade Pakistani pupil, known for being an activist who speaks about the importance of education for girls and women’s rights.
Malala Yousafzai a school girl and education activist from the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan, where the Taliban have been on the verge of banning girls from attending school is one of the world’s most visible teenage girls.Fatally shot in the head by the Taliban and left for dead for daring to fight for every girl’s right to education has earned her the label “symbol of courage and determination” against “extremist ideology”.Malala apparently started speaking about education rights of girls as early as September 2008.She was shaped in large part by her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, who is a poet, school owner and an educational activist himself, running a chain of schools.The brave Malala expressed the hearts and minds of many who were otherwise too afraid to do so.A girl of fourteen spoke out for the rights of women and girls in a region where fundamentalism is fighting to take hold.
Like so many around the world, we are moved and inspired by her bravery and wish her and her friends a speedy recovery.
The cowards who aimed to silence 14 year old Malala Yousafzai with a bullet have instead made the Pakistani school girl a global icon of women empowerment.
Around the world, people are declaring I am Malala and backing a petition by the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, supporting Malala’s drive for education for all.
Malala galvanizes Pakistan and the world to fight for education for girls. Efforts to improve education for girls throughout the developing world now have “an icon for a global movement” in Malala Yousafzai.
Malala’s new found worldwide visibility has become a “turning point” for Pakistan. The UN’s Special Envoy for Global Education is now spearheading the campaign calling for girl’s education and an end to discrimination.