Friday, July 12, 2013

Malala Day

A new active and influential (Female Generation) in the making.. Another (Female & Young) Mandela emerges from the chaos of Pakistan.. She will inspire the (Adult Female) to review their efforts and gains.. The simple call for (Free Schooling) will get lots of capable ears.. An interesting story that had just started..!!

What I like about this carefully orchestrated British campaign; is how it elevates the cause above the narrow views of religion and race.. There is a calculated attempt to recover the losses from the wrongly-guided millennial agendas of liberty and competences.. As how intellectualism is needed; the simple cultural symbolism is critical too.. Maybe this whole episode is far complex to the realities of South Asia, and other 3rd world countries; but it will establish a universal platform.. The same Mandela had launched his legacy; which spread across all ethnic and cultural tension spots worldwide.. apart from off-mind countries and nations..!!


Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban, delivered a powerful address to the United Nations in New York on Friday, calling on governments around the world to provide every child with free education and denouncing the terrorists who attacked her.

Malala, who was ambushed on a bus in Pakistan's Swat valley after promoting girls' access to education, said that she would not be silenced and instead stepped up her campaign to eradicate illiteracy and poverty. Speaking to a delegation of more than 500 young people, Malala said: "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." She criticised the Taliban for their interpretation of Islam in their attack on girls' education. "They think that God is a tiny, little conservative being who would send girls to the hell just because of going to school. The terrorists are misusing the name of Islam and Pashtun society for their own personal benefits," she said.

Malala called for women around the world to be "brave" in their struggle to fight back. "Let us arm ourselves with the weapon of knowledge and let us shield ourselves with unity and togetherness," Malala said. In November, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon declared 12 July, her birthday, Malala Day.

While introducing her on Friday at the UN headquarters in New York, Ban said that by targeting Malala, "extremists showed what they fear most: a girl with a book." In her speech, Malala dedicated the day to women around the world. "Malala Day is not my day: today is the day of every woman, every boy and every girl who have raised their voice for their rights," Malala said.

She delivered her remarks from a raised platform and said she was wearing a shawl belonging to the late Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto. "Thousands of people have been killed by the terrorists and millions injured, I am just one of them," Malala said. "So here I stand, here I stand, just one girl among many." She said she was at the UN to speak for the education of every child and that she believes peace is necessary for education. "This is what my soul is telling me, be peaceful and love everyone," she said. "So today, we call upon the world leaders to change their strategic policies in favor of peace and prosperity," Malala said.

She then called on all governments to offer free education, to fight against terrorism and protect children from violence. "We are really tired of these wars," she said. Malala called on women to take up the fight, and not expect men to do it for them. "I am focusing on women's rights and education because they are suffering the most. There was a time when women asked men to stand up for their rights, but this time we will do it for ourselves." She said this was not a call for men to step away from women's rights but that she wanted to focus on encouraging women to empower themselves. "We can not all succeed when half of us are held back," she said.

Former British prime minister Gordon Brown, who escorted her to the UN meeting, described Malala as "the most courageous girl in the world". Malala was sent to a British hospital for rehabilitation after the assassination attempt and now attends Edgbaston high school for girls in Birmingham. She also set up the Malala Fund to direct money to education efforts for young women in Pakistan and around the world. Following Malala Yousafzai's speech to the UN today, Sadiq Khan MP, the Shadow Justice Secretary said: “Malala Yousafzai is a brave and inspirational advocate for improving education standards across the world, especially for women and girls. Her speech today at the UN proved she won’t let anything hold her back from her campaign for education for all”


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