Malala Yousafzai – When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.

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Malala is a one of strong leader who choose to take stand for her viewpoint. Taliban forced to close schools throughout Pakistan’s Swat valley. Girls were not allowed to go out from home or go to school.  Malala took stand and she continued her schooling. Malala had tried a lot to keep her viewpoint in front of others by writing blogs, giving interviews, spoke on radio and T.V. She tried every possible mean to connect with people and share her viewpoint to them. She wanted to motivate her sisters and brothers for education.  Malala shared her story by writing a book named “I AM MALALA”, and she allowed Guggenheim to make a film about her.  Purpose of this book and film was to grab attention and inspire them to join a cause. Malala is honest and straight forward personality. She just wants to help her sisters and brothers those who are still deprive from their basic right of education. Malala had no dream of taking revenge from her attackers. Still she is walking on a path to motivate other girls and boys whom she considered her sisters and brothers for education. Malala was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with Kailash Satyarthi, becoming its youngest recipient ever, at the age of 17.

Few quotes of Malala which shows her strong will determination:

Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world

In some parts of the world, students are going to school every day. It’s their normal life. But in other part of the world, we are starving for education… it’s like a precious gift. It’s like a diamond. 

I speak not for myself but for those without voice… those who have fought for their rights… their right to live in peace, their right to be treated with dignity, their right to equality of opportunity, their right to be educated. 

Why is it that, giving guns is easy but giving books are so hard?

Nobel Lecture by Malala Yousafzai, OsloMalala(2014)

We had a thirst for education; we had a thirst for education because our future was right there in that classroom. We would sit and learn and read together. We loved to wear neat and tidy school uniforms and we would sit there with big dreams in our eyes. We wanted to make our parents proud and prove that we could also excel in our studies and achieve those goals, which some people think only boys can.

But things did not remain the same. When I was in Swat, which was a place of tourism and beauty, suddenly changed into a place of terrorism. I was just ten that more than 400 schools were destroyed. Women were flogged. People were killed. And our beautiful dreams turned into nightmares. Education went from being a right to being a crime. Girls were stopped from going to school. When my world suddenly changed, my priorities changed too.

I had two options. One was to remain silent and wait to be killed. And the second was to speak up and then be killed. I choose the second one. I decided to speak up.

I am proud, well in fact, I am very proud to be the first Pashtun, the first Pakistani, and the youngest person to receive this award. Along with that, along with that, I am pretty certain that I am also the first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize who still fights with her younger brothers. I want there to be peace everywhere, but my brothers and I are still working on that.

Excerpted from MLA style: “Malala Yousafzai – Nobel Lecture”. Nobelprize.org. Nobel Media AB 2014. Web. 2 Aug 2016. <http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2014/yousafzai-lecture_en.html>

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