Malala Yousafzai is the youngest recipient of Nobel Peace Prize. The brave soul was shot in head by Taliban militants while she was on her way back home in her school bus. The fighter nonetheless made a full recovery and continues to voice her opinion on female education. Here are a few interesting tidbits from the life of Malala.
Fighting a battle with death this activist emerged victorious. She was only 15 when terrorist outfit Taliban issued death threat against her for advocating female education. Despite the looming dangers she did not deter and as a result was shot by militants in cold blood.
The incident caused a ripple across the globe and offers for treating her flooded from all corners. The global community condemned the attacks and Malala became an icon almost overnight.
For her efforts in the direction of women emancipation she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She even co-authored the book 'I Am Malala' along with Christina Lamb.
A documentary 'He Named Me Malala' based on her ordeal was released in October 2015.
The accident left her hard of hearing and she uses cochlear implants. However, nothing has deterred this brave teenager from completing her education and she is currently studying in Edgbaston High School in Birmingham, UK.
Here are a few inspirational quotes by the famous activist Malala Yousafzai.
My mother always told me,"hide your face-people are looking at you".I would reply,"it does not matter;I am also looking at them
If one man can destroy everything, why can't one girl change it?
Our men think earning money and ordering around others is where power lies. They don't think power is in the hands of the woman who takes care of everyone all day long, and gives birth to their children.
When we decorated our hands with henna for holidays and weddings, we drew calculus and chemical formulae instead of flowers and butterflies.
Is not at all uncommon for women in my country to be illiterate, but to see my mother, a proud and intelligent woman, struggle to read the prices in the bazaar was an unspoken sadness for both of us, I think.
To sit down on a chair and read my books with all my friends at school is my right. To see each and every human being with a smile of happiness is my wish. I am Malala. My world has changed but I have not.
We Pashtuns are split between Pakistan and Afghanistan and don’t really recognize the border that the British drew more than 100 years ago.
Mahatma Gandhi said, “Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.
Our news bulletins were full of killings and death, so it was natural for Atal to think of coffins and graves. Instead of hide-and-seek and cops and robbers, children were now playing army vs. Taliban.
Some people are afraid of ghosts, some of spiders or snakes- in those days we were afraid of our fellow human beings.
Though we loved school, we hadn't realized how important education was until the Taliban tried to stop us. Going to school, reading and doing our homework wasn't just a way of passing time, it was our future.
Fancy hotels and meetings in palaces cannot replace the sense of home.
Let us pick up our books and pencils. They are our most powerful weapons.
Free as a bird,
We are told that Swat is being sacrificed for the sake of Pakistan, but no one and nothing should be sacrificed for the state. A state is like a mother, and a mother never deserts or cheats her children.
The boys learn the Quran by heart, rocking back and forth as they recite. They learn that there is no such thing as science or literature, that dinosaurs never existed and that man never went to the moon.