Malala: the story of a brave woman

written by Claudia Compagni

Malala: fighting for human rights

Malala Yousafzai is an activist for children education and human rights. Malala started to fight for her ideas when she was only 13, starting to write a blog for the BBC where she described Taliban government in Mingora. Malala campaigned for women's educational rights because Taliban banned it. She came to prominence very quickly so Taliban tried to kill her. Malala was seriously injuried, but thanks to Emirate Arabs and UK government now she's ok.

She was candidated for Peace Nobel Prize and recently she has spoken at the UN in honor of "Malala's Day".

Malala speaks at the UN


Last 13th July, Malala made a speech that is moving the world. She talked about what happened when she was in Pakistan, what Taliban did. She launched an appeal for child education. She told about the reasons that drove the Taliban to try to kill her. Malala said that the Taliban use the Islamic religion to their own aim, but God is not "a tiny, little conservative being who would point guns at people’s heads just for going to school". Taliban are afraid of the power of the culture so they forbid to children to go to school: they bomb schools and kill children and female teachers because "they are afraid of change and equality that we will bring to our society". Malala also talked about women: "I am focusing on women’s rights and girls’ education because they are suffering the most" she said . It's time for women to defend themselves, it's time for women to obtain their own rights. Malala said that she wants to continue to fight for children (girls in particular) education. She said: "Dear friends, on 9th October 2012, the Taliban shot me on the left side of my forehead. They shot my friends, too. They thought that the bullets would silence us, but they failed. And out of that silence came thousands of voices. The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions. But nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born. I am the same Malala. My ambitions are the same. My hopes are the same. And my dreams are the same." Malala is 16 now, she is only 16, but her brave is amazing. She said that she will continue to fight using nonviolence philosophy: "Even if there was a gun in my hand and the man who tried to kill me was standing in front of me, I would not shoot him."she said that because she lerned forgiveness, nonviolence and compassion from people like Martin L. King, but also from her family. She thanked all the people who supported her and her ideas at the begging of the speech including all the Ministers. Malala finished her speech saying "One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first. Thank you."

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We hope that you liked Malala's word and that you will do something to help her and all the people all over the world to obtain peace and education.

Thank you.