Malala: Shot for the Right of Education

by December 17, 2012
filed under Activism

“Education for all” and “education is a right.” These are the words spoken by Malala Yousafza’s father, in a video in an article by Anne Edwards on Mail Online. “Reading from her hospital bedside, Taliban-shooting victim Malala, 15, defies the extremists who oppose female education.” Malala’s father thanks everyone across the world for supporting his daughter Malala in her recovery from a gunshot wound to the head in Pakistan by the Taliban. He reemphasizes the importance of education for women in order for them to have opportunities and improve their situations in life.

Malala was shot in a school van outside the city of Mongora when Taliban men with guns stopped her school van  They shot 2 gurls and “fired at Malala, striking her in the head and neck.” The 2 other gurls received “non – life threatening injuries” but Malala “was flown to Britain for specialist treatment at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital after escaping death by inches when a bullet grazed her brain on October 9.” Why was Malala target by the Taliban? In 2009, Malala wrote an anonymous blog about life under the Taliban, and how the Taliban would not allow gurls to go to school in her area. Moreover, the Taliban issued a statement saying that if Malala were to survive her wounds, they would go after her again.

Nevertheless, Malala is reaching out to a world who has expressed outrage against the Taliban when Malala was shot. Malala’s father spoke for her in a video in which he said “[Malala] wants me to tell everyone how grateful she is and is amazed that men, women and children from across the world are interested in her well-being.”  Malala has received thousands of gifts such as “pocket money” for candy, jewelry, CD’s, clothing, and letters.  Her father goes onto say that “[w]e deeply feel the heart-touching good wishes of the people across the world of all caste, colour and creed.”

Malala has received so much support that a petition with “60 000” signatures of people on it, calls for Malala to receive the Noble Peace Prize (nominations close in February) . November 10th was declared Malala day by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and in his “role of UN special Envoy for Global Education.”  The day of “action” coincided with Mr. Brown’s trip to Pakistan to deliver a petition of more than a “million signatures to President Asif Ali Zardari, urging him to make education a reality for all Pakistani children, irrespective of gender.” The global petition to have Malala nominated . . . was started in Canada by Tarek Fatah, a writer and broadcaster. The petition has received support from Canada’s “four largest political parties” and has been “replicated” by other countries such as “France and Spain.” According to the “Nobel Committee rules states that members of National assemblies and governments” can nominate people for the Nobel peace prize.

In many parts of the world we are extremely blessed to have the right that gurls and boys must go to school up until a certain grade.  I think that as women it is critical that we support gurls across the world in their fight for education (such as Malala). Education leads to a better quality of life for many gurls. It is something that women in suffrage have fought for at all costs – for womento have the chance to be educated so that they may have the same opportunities in life as young men do. Education is freedom and right which leads to life full of possibilities for the young woman who receive it; as the saying goes ‘knowledge is power;’ a power that groups such as the Taliban fear.

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