Our inspiration this week, for many reasons, is Malala Yousafazi. She has accomplished so much at the age 16 and we can’t even begin to fathom how she does it. She was born in a small town Mingora, Pakistan, which is highly populated by the Taliban. In early 2009, at the age of 11, Malala created a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC exposing her day-to-day life under the Taliban rule. Inspired by her father, Ziauddin Yousafazi, a poet, school owner and activist himself, Malala decided to speak out.
On the morning of Tuesday, 9th October 2012 a gunman using a Colt 45 shot Malala three times on her school bus on the way home. Fortunately she lived, and once she was out of critical condition she was moved to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England. Immediately after the event, the Taliban banned girls from attending school. She was outraged and spoke up even though Ehsanullah Ehsan, the chief spokesman for the Pakistani Talban, said she would be targeted again for her ‘obscenity’.
Since recovering from her injuries, Malala has continued to fight to educate girls and to speak out about the hypocrisy of the Taliban. She started The Malala Fund, which constantly works to make sure young girls around the world are not being denied the basic right to an education due to social, economic, legal or political factors. And she isn’t stopping there; she is also creating a literacy mobile app with Vodafone that will hopefully affect girls on a global scale. This app could potentially educate around 493 million women and 76 million girls worldwide who are illiterate.
Malala is not yet 17 and has already been through so much more than we can identify with. She is a role model and drives us to pursue goals greater than those we had previously imagined.
Shaleena & Roshni
What we’re listening to: ‘This Is What Makes Us Girls’ Lana Del Rey