The year-old shared the prize with Indian children's rights activist Kailash Satyarthi. Yousafzai has been advocating for Pakistani women and children since the age of 11, when she documented in a BBC blog life in the Swat Valley under Taliban rule during a time when girls in the region were prohibited from going to school. A Taliban gunman shot Yousafzai in the face in October for her views on female education. She narrowly survived the ordeal and received intensive care in England.
I run a small online publication that, among other things, seeks to encourage women to get involved in political discourse. I am one of the millions of women around the world who has been inspired by your courage. When I face swaths of criticism for standing up for what I believe in as I regularly doyour face is one of the ones I call to my mind to give me perspective.
I have been following your worldwide book tour with much interest. I watched in awe as you spoke of peace to Jon Stewart. I want you to know that you are not alone in wanting that to change. I also caught your interview with CNN in which you said you hoped to be a prime minister of Pakistan someday.
When I was your age almost nine years ago, if you can believe itI too considered entering government. Perhaps if I could bring down bad laws, or make sure that laws were applied correctly, I could make a difference.
But I was wrong. In your interview with Jon Stewart, you wowed everyone when you said: You must not treat others with cruelty and that much [harshness]. You must fight others, but through peace and through dialogue and through education.
If you get to be Prime Minister, and you want to bring education to everyone in your country, what happens then to the Talib? What if he opposes that education plan? If he demonstrates, pickets, or passes laws against you? Even worse, what happens if so many in your country disagreed with you that they would be willing to go to war to keep their ways.
You could, and, in many ways would be obligated to, ultimately, use force to uphold the law. They are about force and violence. You cannot be a government official and promote peace. If you want to help your country adopt your ideas peacefully, I would suggest becoming an entrepreneur.
You are brilliant, resourceful, and determined—all good things to make a business work.
You can make an impact on the lives of women by hiring those who have perhaps lost their husbands and have no means to support themselves or who wish to break away from traditional families. You could even educate these women if you saw fit.
Perhaps these women themselves will go on to start businesses and be successful.
If you and women like you can make the lives of your fellows better with products or services, your fellow Pakistanis may become more receptive to offering education to women as a matter of course.
And the more receptive they are to that idea, the laws will change to reflect that—all without the threat of violence. Do not mistake me: My way might be a little slower than becoming Prime Minister.
It is always easier and deceptively quicker to force your idea of what is right on people than it is to persuade them—just ask the Taliban. I do not presume to know what is best for you or your country.
However, I do believe, as I think you do too, that peaceful, cooperative solutions are both more ethical and more effective than forceful ones, and I hope you will remember that as you age and remain consistent to that principle and stay out of government.
All the best in your endeavors, Gina Luttrell.quotes from Malala Yousafzai: 'We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.', 'One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.', and 'When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.'.
Watch video · Read about Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who stood up to the Taliban and defended her right to an education, at attheheels.com She was shot in the head by a .
Founded by student and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, Malala Fund invests in education programmes to help girls go to school and reach their full potential.
I am Malala design by Dóri Sirály for Prezi Start In Malala's autobiography, we learn many things. First is perseverance. Malala never gives up on her dream of free education for girls in Pakistan. Everyone, it seems, knows Malala’s story: the girl from Pakistan’s Outer Wingnuttia was shot by the Taliban for wanting to go to school and for wanting every girl to go to school.
There was the terrible wound, then major surgery, then recovery in a Birmingham hospital, then school in Britain. Oct 22, · For months a team of Taliban sharpshooters studied the daily route that Malala took to school, and, once the attack was done, the Tehrik-e-Taliban in Pakistan gleefully claimed responsibility, saying Malala was an American spy who idolized the “black devil Obama.”.