Last week, I blogged about the International Day of the Girl. With a sense of irony and sadness, Malala Yousufzai, a 14-year-old Pakistan girl, was shot in the head by the Taliban that same day. You see, the Taliban believe girls should not be educated, or for that matter, even leave the house. Malala believes differently and has risked her life to defend her right to receive education.
“I have the right of education,” she said in a 2011 interview with CNN. “I have the right to play. I have the right to sing. I have the right to talk. I have the right to go to market. I have the right to speak up.”
Currently, Malala is recovering in a hospital in Great Britain. The doctors are hopeful that she will be able to make a full recovery.
The depth of this young girl’s courage leaves me speechless. I suggest that you find out more about her and share what is appropriate with your sons and daughters.
*The video below has graphic images, not appropriate for children.
Below are some links to help you find out more:
Diary of a Pakistani School Girl
Pakistan’s Malala: Global symbol, but still just a kid
As teen recovers from Taliban hit, Pakistanis demand answers