On Tuesday Oct. 8, 2013 a book was published called “I am Malala.” It’s the incredible story about an incredible young woman fighting for the rights of women, and for anyone who rights to education is being denied. Today Oct. 11, 2013 she may be the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in history. Here is the rest of her story. (Go back to part 1, part 2)
Malala’s public profile rose even further on December 19, 2011 when she was awarded Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. At this event Mala announced she hoped to found a national party of her own to promote education.
“The prime minister directed the authorities to set up an IT campus in the Swat Degree College for Women at Yousafzai’s request, and a secondary school was renamed in her honor.By 2012, Yousafzai was planning to organize the Malala Education Foundation, which would help poor girls go to school.” (By Wikipedia)
As Malala became more recognized, she and her family faced more danger. Death threats against her and her father were published in newspapers and slipped under her door. Then on October 9, 2012, Malala was shot in the head and neck by a Taliban gunman while returning home on a school bus. She was in critical condition for a few days and as soon as her condition improved enough she was sent to London further treatment and intensive rehabilitation. Following the incident 50 Islamic clerics in Pakistan issued a statement against those who tried to kill Malala, but the Taliban reiterated its intent to kill her and her father.
The attempt on Malala’s life propelled her cause onto the global stage. The United Nations started a global education program for girls called “I am Malala,” demanding that all children worldwide be in school by the end of 2015. And this year the Malala Fund was created to provide education to girls around the world. This Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, the Nobel committee announces the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala has been nominated for this honor.
There are many organizations fighting the same fight as Malala. All children, rich or poor, of any race, have a right to a basic education. Badarikashrama is one of those organizations engaged in the fight for education for children. Please support them so they can continue to support the children they serve.
On her 16th birthday, July 12, 2013, Malala addressed the United Nations in New York. In her speech she stated, “They thought that the bullets would silence us, but they failed,” she said. “And then, out of that silence, came thousands of voices.”