Young Activist

Malala is a 14-year old young activist in Pakistan. She supports education for girls and often encouraged them to go to school with their books hidden in their clothes. Malala also exposed the treatment on her town by the militant movement knows as the Pakistani Taliban. The Taliban would often held their own “courts” and execute people, close and burn school that allowed women to attend. Sadly, today, Malala is in a critical condition in a hospital.

I have to say I greatly admire Malala for being very brave under dangerous conditions. A young schoolgirl in Pakistan whom challenged Pakistan’s gender roles of women submissive, quiet, and uneducated. When she was only 11 years old, she was determined to continue going to school even though Taliban militia was controlling her town. This act, made her well-known throughout the world. Since then, Malala has been an active activist promoting education for women and civil rights for children.

Today, on Oct. 9 of 2012 she was shot outside her school. Reports say she was wounded multiple times in her neck and head, the bullets also wounded at least 2 other schoolgirls.

The militant Taliban admit they are behind the attack, and say they will target her again for spreading “anti-Taliban and ‘secular’ thoughts among the youth of the area.”

Malala is in critical condition in the hospital, not knowing that the Taliban will target her again. Her actions, followed by a tragic attack will raise awareness of the conditions of Pakistani girls, and their education. The Taliban’s, message to all the activists in Pakistan might backfire.

This is a great example of what a young child can do with determination and challenging gender roles. Malala, knowing the conditions of her town, decided to still go to school even though the Taliban placed a ban. She also decided to speak up against the injustices against civil rights, however, terrible consequences had to happen in order for the world pay attention.


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