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Monday Meeting — Malala: One Girl Among Many

Unless you’ve lived under a rock, you’ve probably heard of Malala Yousafzai.

She’s the teenage girl from Pakistan who’s made quite a name for herself as an advocate for girls’ and women’s education.

In October 2012, the Taliban shot her because she fought for women’s education.

Malala was 15 at the time. She lived in the Swat Valley of Pakistan, where the Taliban slowly began to take control when she was a young girl. One of the key philosophies of the Taliban was that women should not have an education.

Despite the risk, Malala blogged anonymously for BBC about her life as a girl under the Taliban. Soon enough, her real identity was revealed, and she began receiving threats from the Taliban.

By the stroke of a miracle, she did not die.

Malala got shot on the left side of her head and had to undergo many facial surgeries. Fortunately, she eventually went back to living as normal, and studying in the UK, where she continued advocating against the Taliban and for women’s education.

Two years later, in 2014, Malala won a Nobel Peace Prize.

Take that, Taliban.

And now, Malala’s brilliance is inspiring girls around the world.

You should watch to see how. Seriously.

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Andrea Garcia-Vargas, Upworthy
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14 thoughts on “Monday Meeting — Malala: One Girl Among Many

  1. This young woman could certainly teach some Australian girls how fortunate and blessed they are, to have been born in Australia rather than in Pakistan! I get so cross when I hear teenagers complaining about “how tough” their lives are. I have heard several interviews with Mala……what a wonderful young woman!

  2. Great share Theresa. An incredible video, driven by a belief.
    And as always happens in this world, the Taliban created their own fear. Only then will they realise and look into that fear to overcome it. Namaste

  3. It puts things into perspective and certainly all should see this to realise how fortunate many are and use that fortune to help create opportunities for those who have none or barely any.

    • You’re right, Ina. Those of us who have opportunities owe it to those who have none to forge ahead and provide. The world needs more Malalas. She is one-in-a-million, and a true inspiration to us all.

  4. Awesome. I was in Afghanistan for a month with my husband in 2006, working towards producing a documentary to give a voice to those that don’t have a voice. I had the privilege of working with a girl’s school and prison.
    🙂

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