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Biography Project: Malala Yousafzai

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Noah Castillo-West

on 17 December 2015

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Who is Malala?
Malala Yousafzai was born is an 18 year old girl who was born on July 12, 1997, in Mingora, Pakistan. As a child, she became an advocate for girls' education, which resulted in the Taliban threathening to kill her. On October 9, 2012, a member of the Taliban shot Malala in her face and shoulder when she was traveling home from school on a bus. She survived, and has continued to speak on the importance of education. She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2013. In 2014, she was nominated again and won, becoming the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

What significant contributions has Malala made to our society?
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Biography Project: Malala Yousafzai
Malala established the Malala fund the official which is an organization led by Malala Yousafzai, focused on helping girls and children to go to school and raise their voices for the right to education. Malala is not just an advocate for education, but she is also a symbol of education, she is a fearless woman who isn't afraid of speaking out against a powerful group like the Taliban. When she was 11 years old, Malala wrote a diary in which she discussed life under the Taliban. If her identity was ever revealed she would suffer grave consequences yet, she continued to write and educate other individuals about the conditions in Pakistan. Through her writings, her were after the shooting, and her inspiring speech at the UN, she has showed us all that we should never give up on a cause we believe in. She also published a Auto-Biography about her life were she dicussed her life as a child, to the shooting, and present day. "Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow." Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human," this is a quote directly from the book that states that, Us, as humans, have the right to education and no one has the right to prevent you from learning. He has not only stood up against one of the most violent and powerful terroist group in the middle east, but she has inspired many educators and students to make a difference and to not take your education for granted.

Unfair treatment towards women hasn't changed at all in history, infact, womens' rights are still an issue in America. In Pakistani culture women don't normally go to school because they are supposed to learn about keeping a house clean, to cook, or sew. Malala thought that this was absurd and helped to motivate other girls in Mingora to get an education. In Western culture it’s unthinkable that women be excluded from education. Malala's stories are a symbol of education freedom and the book delivers a message to the world, Education, considered a right for many is used as a tool for unfair treatment in some countries. “Let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapons," this message conveys that words can more powerful than real weapons of mass destruction.
Since all of Malala's experiences are true, it has a huge affect on the content. To me, Malala's story almost sounds like fantasy because in America and other privileged countries we take thing as simple as laring for granted. To think that a women got shot for speaking out against a terrorist group about education and equal rights for women. The amount of courage she had to have to keep journals, go to school, and publically speak in front of other people knowing that she was risking her life for the sake of education; that is just amazing. “I don't want to be thought of as the 'girl who was shot by the Taliban' but the 'girl who fought for education.' This is the cause to which I want to devote my life.” She didn't speak out against the Taliban only for herself she risked her life for other peoples; education; the reason the Taliban attempted to kill her was because no one had the right to challenge their authority and she got away with it and they felt theaten so, tried to end it. Also Malala surviving three gun shots is remarkable, it's almost as if she is supposed to live to keep people hopeful.
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