Malala Yousafzai has accomplished more for women’s rights in a mere decade than I could hope to contribute in 3 lifetimes. She is only human, but the depth of her humanity proves immeasurable by any metrics known to me.
This month the inspirational documentary of how Malala Yousafzai’s homeland (the Swat Valley of Pakistan) was taken over by Taliban extremists, how her family endured under the de facto rule of terrorists, and how Malala became a beacon for female education and empowerment, is being released in select US theaters. As of now, the film will only screen during the month of October.
The full list of theaters is here.
I hope my readers will do their best to support this courageous young boss lady and her incredible cause by rallying together with their friends and family to go see the film.
The Story of Malala
Malala Yousafzai’s story as we know it began in 2008 when she first raised her voice against her oppressors in a speech entitled, “How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?”.
A year later she began blogging anonymously for the BBC in order to shed light on the Taliban’s attempts to deny women their right to an education. Her identity eventually became known, and she soon found herself a target for the Taliban when she was just 14-years-old. But that did not silence her.
The scope of her impact has widened with every passing year since the attack on her life in 2012.
The Taliban bullet that entered her skull was intended to stop her from thinking, from speaking, from being. But with her shocking survival it has instead become a pebble dropped into the vast ocean of global human consciousness. It has magnified the power of her thoughts, of her existence, and of her advocacy on behalf of girls’ education.
Last year she was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize and the ripple effects of her bravery continue today as she acts on behalf of female empowerment at the still tender age of 18. Even now the Taliban still consider her a threat and despite the danger Yousafzai remains relentless in her pursuit of equality.
On her 18th birthday on July 12, 2015, Yousafzai celebrated by opening a school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon. With plans to admit nearly 200 girls from the ages of 14 to 18, the school has been paid for by funds raised by her eponymous non-profit, The Malala Fund.
“Today on my first day as an adult, on behalf of the world’s children, I demand of leaders we must invest in books instead of bullets.”
Malala Yousafzai, speaking on the opening of her school
Today over 60 million girls across the globe are out of school.
The Malala Fund aims to “enable girls to complete 12 years of safe, quality education so that they can achieve their potential and be positive change-makers in their families and communities. We work with partners all over the world helping to empower girls and amplify their voices; we invest in local education leaders and programmes; and we advocate for more resources for education and safe schools for every child.”
If you’d like to get involved, visit The Malala Fund to learn about all the opportunities to spread the word and effect real positive change. Whether you sign the petition, donate money, or simply tweet about the cause, every action makes an impact.
You can also show your support on social media by adding your name/photo to the Stand #withMalala campaign. Like so: