Out of That Silence Came 1000s of Voices -- Malala Yousafzai

Phyl CampbellStarred Page By Phyl Campbell, 26th Oct 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Her bus was boarded by the Taliban. She was shot in the head and left for dead. But Malala has a voice that will not be silenced by terrorists. Take a look.

Not your average teenager

Malala Yousafzai may not ever have been your average teenager. Her father ran a private school for girls. When the Taliban decided to ban girls from schools, she started blogging anonymously for the BBC in support of receiving an education. Even before she was shot in the head, she had been part of Taliban resistance efforts, and was targeted by the terrorists for being opposed to what they wanted.

The terrorists left her for dead.

She didn't die.

She underwent brain surgery in Britain, and she recovered. She has not returned to Pakistan. Neither has she gone away, run, or hidden from the forces that oppose her.

Education for girls

Since Malala's recovery, she has been speaking out in support of education for girls. The Taliban banned girls from schools in 2009.

After she was shot, Malala was invited to the UN to speak. She said, "I am not against anyone. Nor am I here to speak against the Taliban or any other terrorist group. I am here to speak up for the right to education of every child."

In her honor, the UN has declared her birthday, which is also the day she addressed the UN, to be Malala Day.

In her July address to the United Nations, she said, "They thought that the bullets would silence us, but they failed. And then, out of that silence, came thousands of voices." It was her birthday, and she had just turned 16. How many teenagers would spend their 16th birthdays addressing the United Nations? How many teens would actually fight to prevent being denied an education?

Education for all

Malala's courageous journey is education for all of us. She does not advocate taking up arms against those who tried to kill her. She knows firsthand the effects of war and gun violence, but you won't hear her calling for revenge. Instead, she advocates for peace, for compulsory education for all young people, and for equality.

American teenagers could learn a lot from Malala about not taking education for granted. We could all learn a lot from Malala.

Women in Education

Malala is an inspiration, to be sure, but she is not alone. Thankfully, she has a strong supportive family. Now she has the backing of the UN and many important people throughout the world. But throughout the world, there are still lots of women afraid to speak out against their situations. They need access to education in order for them to find their voices.

Women are a very powerful force in educating the world -- and I'm not talking about grammar lessons. Read more:

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author avatar Connie McKinney
26th Oct 2013 (#)

Phyl, what an inspiring story. I agree. American teens learn so much from this brave young woman. Well done, Phyl.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
26th Oct 2013 (#)

how fabulous that this woman stood up/stands up in her own Light and declares loving to all no matter who...what an inspiration..a great piece Phyl..many thanks

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author avatar tz
26th Oct 2013 (#)

Great work done by Malala yousaf zai...
Pakistan needs such young brave talent...

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author avatar C.D. Moore
26th Oct 2013 (#)

She is a true inspiration.Thanks for highlighting her story,Phyl.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
26th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks, everyone. Malala is just amazing. I really enjoyed sharing her story.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks Phyl for the much deserved highlight. Malala is an inspiration to all not only women. The tragedy is when the silent majority feels cowed down by few terrorists having their way. The Taliban can be put in their place only if the majority takes a stand in no uncertain terms. Pakistan has to look no further for their enemies - siva

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
27th Oct 2013 (#)

Agreed. Thanks.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
30th Oct 2013 (#)

I carry a book and a pen everywhere I go - a tribute to her bravery.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
31st Oct 2013 (#)

;) Great, Peter!

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author avatar LOVERME
7th Nov 2013 (#)

how I wish ..
more parents support and educate gals ...
they are many times better than boys

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author avatar LOVERME
9th Dec 2013 (#)

if one doesn't want to thank
at least one could use the delete

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