Malala of Pakistan
The Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women’s Freedom was awarded to 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai, whose blog for the BBC earned her a bullet in the head from the Taliban in Pakistan. I found an amazing VIDEO of her story, and how she stood strong with her father in the Swat Valley living under the terror of the Taliban, who ultimately closed down the school.
Malala survived the shooting and was treated in a British hospital.
She plans to study law and become a politician, to work toward just policies in Pakistan and encourage friendship between her country and India.
This moving documentary by Adam B. Ellick tells the story of Malala and her father as they maintained their school despite facing dangerous odds.
Malala’s father, Ziauddin, calls openly for the Taliban to join peace talks, and for girls to be saved from unwanted marriage, rape and the denial of education. Mr. Yousafzai has been quoted in the press:
“In my part of the world, fathers are known by their sons. Daughters are very much neglected. I am one of the few fortunate fathers who is known by their daughter.” And in quoting a female Pakistani poet, Rabia Basri, he added, “There has been no lady prophet in history, and no woman has been stupid enough to claim to be God.”
Update: Malala’s father has been appointed as education attaché for the Pakistani government at the Pakistan consulate in England. Malala is now reading, writing and walking.
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Filed under Art, Culture | Comments: 0 | Posted on Thursday, January 10th, 2013