The Fight For Education: How Malala Yousafzai Spoke For A Thousand Girls

The world is blind. Blind to the injustices occurring in that very world.

Do you know how many young girls are denied a proper education in countries across the globe?

Do you know thousands of girls are subjected to the role of motherhood and a caretaker.

The role of a woman in many societies is inferior to a man.

Nearly 65 million girls around the world are not in school.

Nearly 17 million girls will never attend school. This education disadvantage for girls needs to change and a girl by the name of Malala Yousafzai is attempting to making a difference.

At the tender age of 19 Malala has taken the world by storm by fighting for women’s education rights and reform to give millions of little girls a chance.

The young Malala has become a voice for an entire generation and more little girls to come.

In the United States, a girl can easily access an education, starting school as early as three years old. In Pakistan, a girl’s education is never a priority as for every ten boys in school there are only 8 girls in school according to the UNESCO.

Furthermore, approximately 4.5 million girls in Pakistan are deprived the opportunity of a education. Malala Yousafzai was one of the many girls who are restricted from education in the country.

You’re probably wondering why is it that a girl is denied a proper education, right? Let me explain… A girl in Pakistan is subject to a man’s needs and desires.

Whatever a woman is needed for she shall be used for and what a man desires for her shall be granted.

This is the life of a girl in Pakistan, which prohibits the freedom in which many of us take for granted today.

Not only do girls have to deal with the ideology of what a woman role should be, but also the Taliban’s war against the school system.

The Taliban is an Islamist group whose main goal is to take down the Pakistani government at any cost.

Education is a target for the group as well, prompting its war on education.

The extremist group has attacked approximately 838 schools, destroying many, according to the GCPEA. The reason for their attacks are simple; the school system promotes teachings that oppose their radical agenda.

Like most authoritarian regimes, their mission depends on the restriction of education for young people.

Malala Yousafzai, a girl from Pakistan, was attacked by the Taliban group for promoting women education.

In 2009, Yousafzai created a blog which described her life under the Taliban rule and how she opposed not being able to attend school.

The area the Taliban took over included Swat Valley, resulting in more than 120,000 girls being denied access to a school.

Yousafzai became the voice of every girl who wanted to learn and sought educational freedom.

This voice was heard across the world as Malala Yousafzai would win a Nobel Peace Prize for her blog.

This young warrior not only spoke out against a dominant extremist group but she spoke out against the injustice of women’s, lack of educational opportunities, and the need for peace.

Unfortunately, the warrior was almost gone as the Taliban group attempted to kill Yousafzai as she was boarding a school bus in 2012.

Yousafzai was only fourteen years old when the extremist group shot her in the head and neck. Fortunately, she survived the attack later stating,

On the day when I was shot, and on the next day, people raised the banners of I am Malala. They did not say I am the Taliban. They support me and they are encouraging me to move forward and continue my campaign for girls’ education.”

The Taliban attack against her only made her stronger and want to continue to be the voice of millions of girls who live their lives in fear of their oppressor.

Fast forward to 2016, Malala Yousafzai is a household name around the world due to her advocacy for women’s education and equality.

Yousafzai and her father created their own organization entitled, “The Malala Fund,” which focuses on empowering women through education and women becoming leaders.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner, is someone we should all admire and seek wisdom from. I

Imagine not being able to read a history textbook or a Dr. Seuss book.

It is almost too tragic to believe, but it is very real.

Therefore, we all need to become Malalas and stand up for the educational rights of women.

We need to raise our voice as a group to ensure we are uplifted and educated equally.

The fight for education will never end, it has only just begun…

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Precious White

Precious is a Brooklyn native with no filter, to say the least. Currently as a student at FIT, she's on a mission to create, unite, and strengthen herself and her community through honest words and actions.