Two Weeks on and Striking More Than One Chord: Malala - A Fearless Return to Back-to-Basics Feminism
On par with the infamous speeches made by her own stated heroes, from Mahatma Gandhi to Martin Luther King, Malala voiced with all the courage and conviction of an emerging world leader the simple, harsh truths that millions of women and girls throughout the centuries have died - and continue to die - to make heard...
The sight of white men in suits applauding and gushing at Malala Yusufzai's speech at the United Nations, the media frenzy and vociferous support on social media was nauseating for me. Not because I deny Malala the right to campaign for what she does. It was more due to the sickening double-standards at play.
Today is Malala Day. Her 16th birthday. Less than a year ago she became a victim of an attack on education, when she was shot and almost fatally wounded by armed men on her way back from school. Her bravery has shone a light on the scale of the educational crisis the world still faces, as well as the struggle for a future faced by children living in areas affected by conflict. The situation in Syria typifies this struggle.
Malala's story struck a chord with millions of people - including me - and the young campaigner has become a beacon of inspiration to millions. This is an extraordinary, brave young woman who, when faced with death, refused to give up and refused to be silenced.
While the debate continues over whether 2012 really was the so-called 'year of the woman' (or "year of the year of the woman" as the New York Timesdubbed it, 2013 has so far been something of a mixed bag for the fairer sex. The news, uncovered on Friday, that the Church of England is to lift its ban on gay members of the clergy from becoming bishops, was undoubtedly a huge step in the right direction for the Church, but it rather showed up the fact that women still don't get the same privilege.
Islamic radicalists based in Britain are reportedly preparing to issue a fatwa on Malala Yousafzai. According to controversial
If proof were needed that the world can be a better place when we take our modern way of communicating and channel it in the right direction, witness yesterday's 'Malala Day'.
The president of Pakistan is to be presented with a petition with more than one million signatories, urging him to make education