Target: Malala Yousafzai, prominent Pakistani activist
Goal: Applaud Pakistani activist’s bravery and activism efforts for securing education for women and girls
Malala Yousafzai, who recently turned 16, is a prominent activist in Pakistan. She fights for the educational rights of girls and women, whose efforts have been thwarted by the Taliban. In 2012, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by a member of the Taliban as she exited her school. The gunmen also shot her friends. However, she remains confident and continues with her activism efforts. She has given a speech at a United Nations conference regarding education and how she wishes for education to be available for males and females, but also for the Talban and terrorists alike. Yousafzai elaborates on how she would not seek revenge on the Taliban who shot her, even if a gun were placed in her hands.
Her recovery from the wound was nothing short of a miracle. She was treated for her injuries in Pakistan before she was air lifted by the United Arab Emirates to Britain. Her skull was mended together with a plate of titanium. Unfortunately, it was not safe for her to return to Pakistan and she enrolled for school in England.
Once recovered, Yousafzai presented the United Nations with a petition containing 4 million signatures in support of placing children into schools. The petition demanded that world leaders fund teachers, schools, books, end child marriages and stop human trafficking. It was stated that no teacher or student should be afraid of education. In response the United Nations would try to reach their target goal of getting children into schools by the end of 2015, a difficult obstacle but one that has been initiated by this passionate and ambitious young woman. Sign this petition and let Malala Yousafzai know that we appreciate her efforts.
“The extremists were and they are afraid of books and pens, the power of education frightens them. They are afraid of women. When we were in Swat… we realized the importance of pens and books when we saw the guns.” – Malala Yousafzai
Dear Malala Yousfzai,
I would like to applaud your bravery and also for your activism efforts. It is absolutely extraordinary that you can still stand up for your beliefs after all you have been through. Not many people at your age would be able to do so; many would be scared and be silenced. But you continue to speak up and demand education for every child – you even extend this to the Taliban and other terrorists.
I am humbled at how much value you place on education, and am doubly humbled by your bravery. Please continue with your efforts, change will come so long as you keep trying.
[Your Name Here]
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