She Is Malala
And her story is incredible.
Want sound advice?
“Invest in books, not bullets.”
That’s exactly what Malala Yousafzai told world leaders a few years ago.
Not sure who Malala is? She was the girl shot by the Taliban.
She is also the girl who received a Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17. (Not sure about you, but at that age, we were trying to finish Rainbow Road on Mario Kart 64.)
Fight for your right
Much like her BFF, Muzoon (see last week), Malala is a young woman who has dedicated her life to fighting for every child’s right to education.
And she’s been doing it for a while.
As an incredibly studious student, Malala was all about the books and learning everything possible. With her friends, they’d henna up their arms with math equations and formulas, #classy #geekchic.
At only 10 years old, under a pseudonym, Malala started blogging for the BBC about her life under Taliban occupation. For the next two years, she actively engaged with the foreign press about education rights and spoke up against the oppressive regime that ruled her life.
This was a risky thing to do because under Taliban rule, girls were banned from going to school and it was a “crime” for them to learn.
Can’t stop, won’t stop
Put this in the context of Malala’s father owning a school and letting girls study, and well, you’ve got a perfect storm in the making.
In her Nobel acceptance speech Malala said, “I had two options. One was to remain silent and wait to be killed. And the second was to speak up and then be killed. I chose the second one. I decided to speak up.”
Needless to say, the Taliban did not like what Malala represented, so they tried to stop her.
As fate would have it, the attempt to take her life missed by a few inches.
And while the world mourned the sadness of the attack on her life, Malala has just kept on truckin’.
On her sweet sixteen, she spoke before the UN and wrote her autobiography(very informative fyi), she opened a school for refugees at age eighteen, and has received 47 awards and honours (according to our buddy Wikipedia) over the six years.
Take a moment today to join us in wishing her a happy 20th birthday!
Who knows how much more good she’s got in her?