I think Malala receiving the Nobel Peace Prize has restored the medal’s credibility. Now all we need is Obama to return his.
Malala Yousafzai just became the youngest person in history to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
She’s only 17 years old, but as an educational activist and feminist icon, she’s already accomplished more than most people can hope to in an entire lifetime. Accordingly, it is difficult to think of a more deserving individual for this prize.
Yousafzai has displayed an indefatigable passion for peace, equality and education.
Her tireless advocacy has inspired people around the world to stand up for human rights and egalitarian principles.
The Little Girl Who Stood Up To Terrorists
Malala is from the Swat Valley of Pakistan. In 2009, the Taliban was very active in this region, terrorizing residents and shutting down schools that educated girls.
At that point in time, Yousafzai was 11 years old and wanted to become a doctor. Thus, she became an outspoken critic of the Taliban’s efforts to prevent girls from receiving an education.
She blogged about her experiences living under the Taliban for the BBC. As a result, the public took notice of this amazing Pakistani schoolgirl’s story.
Her contributions to the world have been immeasurable, but here are a few examples of her benevolent activities:
4. The Taliban was so afraid of her, they tried to assasinate her. But she survived. They failed, she won.
Knowledge is power. Terrorists and other oppressive forces want people to remain ignorant for this very reason. This is why the Nazis burned books, why the Soviets censored the media and why the Taliban tries to prevent females from going to school.
Standing up to oppression takes tremendous courage, it can get you killed. Malala is proof of that. This is precisely why people like her are so important. They strike fear into the hearts of terrorists because they refuse to be afraid.
Terrorism can be defined as using physical and psychological intimidation for political and social purposes. When someone like Malala stands up and says, “No, I will not be afraid. You will not control my destiny,” it takes away all of their power. As Ms. Yousafzai once stated:
On the night of 9 October 2012, the Taliban shot me on the left side of my forehead. They shot my friends, too. They thought the bullet would silence us, but they failed.