All of the odds were against Malala Yousafzai, who was a Taliban target simply for being a Pakistani girl whose only desire was an education. She was even shot in the head and neck by the Taliban for standing up for a female’s right to an education. This occurred in 2012, when she was only fifteen years old.
But Malala had been giving TV interviews regarding the importance of a woman’s right to an education since she was eleven years old, when the Taliban took over her hometown of Mingora. They threatened to blow up girls’ schools and imposed burqas on the populace- but that didn’t stop Yousafzai from speaking out.
According to the October 10th issue of USA Today, Malala has recovered from her injuries and is currently a leading advocate for girls’ right to an education. She has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the youngest to ever earn that privilege by a margin of eight years.
The heroic teenager now lives in the UK, and has met with President Obama to discuss how the United States could better stop the horror of terrorism. In regards to the interview, Yousafzai said, “instead of sending soldiers, send books. Instead of sending weapons, send pens,” as noted by journalist Jodi Kanton in an October 10th article in the New York Times.
Ever-focused on her education, Yousafzai hopes to attend Oxford University and to later become a leader in Pakistan. However, her admirers get chills when they recall Malala’s role model, the first-ever female Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated in 2007.
The world isn’t a safe place for such peaceful revolutionaries as the young and hopeful Malala Yousafzai, but her story serves as a powerful reminder that some causes are worth the risks they may pose. A better world must be paid for in sacrifices, and the road to its birth must be paved by peaceful soldiers of strong convictions, like the legendary Malala Yousafzai.