Hopefully by now, you have all heard of Malala and heard her speak. The 16 year old young woman was shot by the Taliban in her home country of Pakistan on her way to school, for speaking out promoting education for girls.
Now, she is being honored as a Woman of the Year by Glamour Magazine:
NEW YORK – There was a flamboyant pop star. A legendary singer. A TV star, some supermodels, and one of the world’s most powerful philanthropists. Even a former secretary of state who may soon be running for president.
But of all the prominent women who appeared onstage Monday night at the Glamour Women of the Year awards, no one received more acclaim and adoration than a teenager whom no one had heard of little more than a year ago — 16-year-old Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai.
“We love you, Malala!” shouted a group of young girls from a high balcony in Carnegie Hall, where the annual event was held. The teenager blew back a kiss, and proceeded to give an impassioned speech.
“I believe the gun has no power at all,” said Malala, who caught the world’s attention when the Taliban shot her in the head in October 2012 for criticizing the group’s interpretation of Islam, which limits girls’ access to education. She has since gained global prominence, has started The Malala Fund to support education for girls, and recently released a memoir, “I Am Malala.”
“I believe the gun has no power because a gun can only kill,” she said. “But a pen can give life.”
We should all hang our heads in shame for taking our education for granted and for using our education system as a means to control money and jobs rather than a way to build the future and change the world.