I was a girl in a land where rifles are fired in celebration of a son, while daughters are hidden away behind a curtain, their role in life simply to prepare food and give birth to children.-I have been impressed with Malala Yousafzai since I first heard about her. She is an outspoken young woman who grew up in an area where women are supposed to be quiet.
I was named after Malalai of Maiwand, the greatest heroine of Afghanistan.--Malala Yousafzai
-Malala has a strong mother, and a father who always encouraged her to speak the truth and to stand up for girls getting an education. Although her father didn't have much money, he took a lot of risks to start schools in Pakistan to provide an education for many.
-Malala and her father knew that by being outspoken about the rights of people to get an education, they were risking their lives. The taliban was executing people on a regular basis if they didn't toe the line on women obeying every aspect of sharia law.
-If women in the middle east are ever going to be ushered into the 21st century, they need many more women who are willing to risk their lives like Malala did. She was shot by the taliban in the head, and yet, survived to carry her message around the world.
-In reading her story, I learned a lot about what life is like in Pakistan & Afghanistan for girls. I was inspired by her courage, and look forward to seeing what the future has in store for her. She has already won the Nobel Peace Prize at 17 years old (the youngest ever to receive the award), so the sky is the limit.