Malala — a shining example of complete class, fighting for education for girls

ht_malala_book_cover_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:

Malala wows crowd at annual Glamour Women of the Year awards

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.”

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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.

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2 Responses to Malala — a shining example of complete class, fighting for education for girls

  1. howdy1942 says:

    I watched her interview on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. I was blown away! Like Jon Stewart, I constantly found myself aghast at her knowledge, her courage, her determination, her commitment, her mastery of so many languages, and her example. I could not help but think about what I was thinking when I was her age. She is simply gifted far beyond her years. I don’t know what those guys who were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize are doing in Syria in destroying those nerve gases, but I seriously doubt they have done in their lifetimes what this young lady has done in her short life for the benefit of humanity. I was literally awestruck by the extent to which she has given hope, motivation, and determination to the young girls and even the grown women in Pakistan. I’ve never seen anyone that young so gifted and who has had such an impact in so short a time.

  2. Kim says:

    And people say where are the Muslims resisting extremism? Easy for us to say when there’s no gun aimed at our head, eh? Malala is a voice for all that is noble in humanity and a symbol of millions of Muslims who stand for peace and freedom all over the world and a thousand acts of anonymous heroism in the face of evil. Many like Malala have taken that bullet to the head and not survived – God has given us this girl to help us all understand.

    One of our 2012 scholarship winners at the Cross Keys Foundation is growing up Muslim in our community and has faced derision and hatred in her U.S. homeland as she has made her way through many trials. She, too, is a great scholar and brave young person who does let stereo-types define or deter her.

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