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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Over 100,000 Strong for Malala Yousafzai

Who is Malala Yousafzai? And why the whole world is buzzing about this 15-year old school student? On October 9, 2012, Malala Yousafzai was attacked by the Taliban on a bus on her way home and was shot in the head. Her crime? She wants to go to school. 



"I don't mind if I have to sit on the floor at school. All I want is education. And I'm afraid of no one," the courageous Yousafzai said.

Since the unfortunate event, the world has responded with outrage. Besides the numerous articles and her special wikipedia page, there is currently an international online petition going on change.org. You may want to join.

The petitioners ask U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other high-profile female politicians to nominate Malala Yousafzai for the Nobel Peace Prize.

As you read this post, Yousafzai is slowly recovering from her attack. Her astonishing stand for her right to education underlines the importance of investing in girls. Yousafzai finally puts a face to an issue often regarded by many as overrated.

"[Malala Yousafzai] is my top pick for Time’s Person of the Year. Yousafzai’s story is not only inspiring, but it gives the rest of us hope that we can make a difference by simply being passionate and working towards making a better community against all odds. Her courage and generosity at such a young age is a reminder to all of us that we can impact humanity in big ways even with very little at hand," pundit Anaam Butt said in a recent online article.