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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” - Martin Luther King Jr.
“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
“The principle of self defense, even involving weapons and bloodshed, has never been condemned, even by Gandhi.”
“A riot is the language of the unheard.”
In this region it was common for women not to go to school at all.
Malala loved learning and going to school. She dreamt of one day becoming a teacher, a doctor, or a politician.
She learned three different languages including Pashto, English, and Urdu.
Her father always encouraged her to learn more and taught her that she could accomplish anything.
“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”
As the Taliban gained more control, they began to enforce new laws. Women would not be allowed to vote or have jobs. There would be no dancing, television, movies, or music. Eventually, the Taliban demanded that the girls schools be shut down. Girls schools that were not shut down were burned or destroyed.
“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”
"World leaders can no longer expect girls like Rahma to fight this battle alone".
“Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.”
“I came to the conclusion that there is an existential moment in your life when you must decide to speak for yourself; nobody else can speak for you.”
“Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a constant attitude.”
In 2009 Malala wrote about her life during the Taliban occupation of her home in Pakistan and the ban on girls’ education.
In 2012, aged 15, she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman who boarded her school bus.
She recovered in Birmingham, England, where she and her family chose to remain.
On July 12, 2013, at the first ever Youth Takeover of the UN, Malala said:
"I do not even hate the Talib who shot me. Even if there is a gun in my hand and he stands in front of me, I would not shoot him. This is the compassion that I have learnt from Muhammad-the prophet of mercy, Jesus Christ and Lord Buddha. This is the legacy of change that I have inherited from Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali Jinnah. This is the philosophy of non-violence that I have learnt from Gandhi Jee, Bacha Khan and Mother Teresa. And this is the forgiveness that I have learnt from my mother and father. This is what my soul is telling me, be peaceful and love everyone".
In 2013, Yousafzai was awarded the International Children’s Peace prize and co-founded the Malala fund to champion the right of every girl to 12 years of free, safe, quality education.
In 2014, she received the Nobel Peace Prize.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Named after the famous Afghani poet and warrior, Malalai of Maiwand, Malala has become a symbol for women's rights and the enduraning spirit of truth amid suffering worldwide.
Malala was raised Muslim in the Pakistani city of Mingora, where her father ran schools for girls.
“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
"Last summer, on a trip to Kenya, I was introduced to the bravest girl I’ve ever met.
At age 13, Rahma’s family fled Somalia and came to Dadaab — the world’s largest refugee camp.
She had never been inside a classroom — but she worked hard to catch up and, in a few years, graduated primary school.
At 18, Rahma was in secondary school, when her parents decided to move back to Somalia. They promised she could continue her education. But when her family returned to Somalia, there were no schools for her to attend. Her father said her education was finished and that she would soon marry a man in his 50s — a man she did not know.
Rahma remembered a friend from the refugee camp, who had won a scholarship to a university in Canada. She borrowed a neighbour’s Internet connection and contacted him through Facebook. Over the internet, the university student in Canada sent her $70.
At night, Rahma snuck out of her house, bought a bus ticket and set out on an eight-day trip back to the refugee camp — the only place she knew she could go to school.
Through the Sustainable Development Goals, our nations promised every girl she would go to school for 12 years. We promised that donor countries and developing countries would work together to make this dream a reality for the poorest girls in the world.
I know that politicians cannot keep every promise they make — but this is one you must honour. World leaders can no longer expect girls like Rahma to fight this battle alone." - Malala Yousafzi
By now you will have noticed there is serious emotional trauma travelling through the world and it is emanating from the united states of America.
Stop calling for people to vote. Stop this. You have to understand this is not acceptable anymore. Freedom is not a vote between two people completely out of touch with your issues. Two figureheads of a system that completely