We first shared Malala’s story back in October. If you remember, Malala kept attending school in Pakistan even after the Taliban banned girls from receiving an education. She even blogged under a pseudonym for the BBC about her experience.
She generated international attention for her actions and her advocacy for girls to have access to education. Tragically though, while she is such an inspiration to us, her government saw her as a threat, and on October 9, Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban.
Even while in recovery, Malala has gathered support for her work and her bravery. She was on the short list for Time‘s “Person of the Year” award, and Malala actually narrowly edged out President Barack Obama (who ended up being selected by the magazine as “Person of the Year”) in a poll conducted by Today as the individual that viewers felt deserved the 2012 honor.
The United Nations declared November 10 as “Malala Day” in her honor and there’s a lot of people who have expressed their support for her to be up for a Nobel Peace Prize. Despite the personal hardship she has endured, Malala has also continued to look out for others. In December, Malala asked that a college in Pakistan not be renamed in her honor because it could put the students attending there in danger.
If you’re not too familiar with Malala, we urge you to take a few minutes today to read up on her story – you could start with some of the links we’ve included here! It’s easy to take something like an education for granted, and Malala reminds us that attending school is not something to which all girls have access. Malala isn’t totally in the clear yet, as the hospital’s statement said she will still have to keep going to doctor’s appointments and she is scheduled to have surgery in a few weeks. In the mean time, let’s all try to keep Malala, her work and her bravery in our thoughts.
Are you familiar with Malala Yousufzai? What do you hope that people learn from her work and her bravery? Let us know in the comments!