Malala Day-12th July

Through education, we can fight terrorism,
not through guns, not through weapons.” -Malala Yousafzai

On 12th July, 2013, Malala day was declare in the honor of the young activist Malala Yousafzai by United Nations (UN), which is also her birthday. On 12th July a sixteen-year-old girl delivered declamatory speech at the United Nations headquarters on the need for gender equality in education, engaged in promotion of women’s education. Malala Day is commemorated to honour women and children’s rights around the world.

Who is Malala Yousafzai?

Malala was born on 12th july,1997, in Mangora Swat district in North-West Pakistan into a Sunni Muslim family. She born and raised in a country where only boys were allowed an education and Taliban dominated the law. But she had her father and family on her side. Her father is also an activist who believed that the lack of education was the root of all problems in Pakistan. She studied in public school which was funded by his father. Her father always encouraged her to fight against wrong and pursue politics.

The Taliban took over the city in which she lived and banned girls for attending schools in 2007 but Malala refused to renounce her right to an education. Her father noticed her passion to fight for her and others against the Taliban’s oppressive campaign. He took to Peshawar to speak to local press club and at the age of 11 she gave her first speech at Peshawar, where she asked “How dare Taliban take away my basic right to education?”. Malala started to write a blog about life under Taliban rule under pseudonym of “Gul Mkai” in 2009 and also expressed her desire to go to school for the BBC. However she was revealed in December of the year. But with growing platform, malala continued to speak out about her right and the right of all women to education. All these her actions resulted in her nomination for the International Children’s peace prize in 2011 and same year she was awarded Pakistani’s National Youth Peace Prize.

The Taliban attempted to silence her with violence but Malala demonstrated fierce bravery by standing up to the Taliban. Because she knew that if she joined everyone with silence, nothing would change. Malala and her family came to know that the Taliban had issued a death threat against her because of her activism. Her family initially felt that they will not harm a child.

A ruthless attempt to silence her

On 9th October, 2012, Malala was riding a bus to return home with her friends, a masken gunman boarded the bus and demanded to know which girl is Malala and as her friends fearfully turned to look at her, he fired three shots. One bullet hit her in the left side of her head and the bullet travelled down her neck then she collapsed and the gunman made his escape. The shooting left Malala in critical condition so she was airlifted to a military hospital in Peshawar. Despite the bullet was removed she was far from stable. She was in an induced coma. Considering her critical condition offer to treat Malala, were poured from around the world, and she was transferred to Germany and then United Kingdom for further treatment.

She fights back again

In January 2013, she was finally released from hospital. After the shooting her life was very different, she had two choices i.e, retreat to safe or continue to fight. And she choose to fight for human rights. “Malala, you have already faced death. This is your second life. Don’t be afraid — if you are afraid, you can’t move forward”, she told herself.

The murder attempt inflamed worldwide outrage and protest across Pakistan. For the first time in her country a Right-to-Eduaction bill was passed and she gained global support to promote her cause. And on her 16th birthday, 12 July, 2013 she went to new York an delivered a speech. where she urged the world to challenge extremism with education. In the year 2014 she was nominated and awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and became the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Prize. She was also chosen as the ‘Woman of the Year 201 3’ by Glamour Magazine and was in the time’s list of “100 Most Influential People in the World” the same year.

Since then, she has continued her activism with renewed courage. With over 40 honorary awards to her name, she has become a messenger of peace and a leading spokeperson for the girls’ right to education. Through her own non-profit Malala Fund, the devoted activist has funded education projects in six countries and keeps raising her voice to empower girls and become agents of change in their communities.

At a very young age she understood the importance of change and take actions to make change for good, for herself and for others like her. She was fearless and she always stood against terrorism and she said, “With guns you can kill terrorists, with education you can kill terrorism.” Her voice has inspired millions and brought education to many. She is a super hero to many girls and women. She proved that if you fight for right nothing could stop you. She also wrote an autobiography, “I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban.”