International Day Of The Girl: Malala Yousufzai

“On this day, October 11, when the UN and the world observe the first International Day of the Girl, we have a chilling reminder of just how far we have to go before girls achieve true gender equality. Malala Yousufzai, a 14-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for daring to advocate for the education of girls, is fighting for her life in a Peshawar military hospital. While hopes are high that she will survive, she remains in critical condition.”   HuffPo

“PBS just ran a television special based on Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, the widely acclaimed book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. While the book and the documentary focus, understandably, on the injustice of gender inequality, they also highlight the enormous benefits, social and economic, that would flow from educating girls and giving them full equality.”

“As tragic as the shooting of Malala Yousufzai was, we must turn our collective outrage into constructive action. On this day, the first International Day of the Girl, let us all resolve to turn her personal tragedy into a global rallying cry for girls, their education, and their right to pursue their own hopes and dreams, free from the tyranny of gender inequality.”

“Washington, Oct 10 — The US government Tuesday condemned the attack on a Pakistani girl who has received peace award for her courage to stand against the militants in her hometown, Xinhua reported.

“We strongly condemn the shooting of Malala (Malala Yousafzai),” said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland at a regular briefing, adding: ” Directing violence at children is barbaric.”

“It’s cowardly. And our hearts go out to her and the others who were wounded, as well as their families,” she told reporters.

The 14-year-old girl, Pakistan’s first National Peace Award winner, was shot and seriously injured by unidentified gunmen in the country’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province Tuesday.

She was on her way home from school when an attacker wearing police uniform stopped the school bus and opened fire at her. In the attack, the girl was seriously wounded, while two other girls incurred slight injuries.

Doctors in Swat valley said Yousufzai was out of danger after the bullet penetrated her skull but missed her brain.

Taliban later claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they would target her again if she survives because she was a “secular-minded lady”.

The girl received fame in Pakistan and abroad due to her struggle for restoration of peace in Swat area.

When Taliban banned education for females in the district, she not only continued her education but also raised voice for women and children’s rights by writing letters to foreign radio stations and newspapers.

The international children’s advocacy group Kids Rights Foundation nominated her for the International Children’s Peace Prize, making her the first Pakistani girl nominated for the award. She was awarded Pakistan’s first National Peace Award in December of 2011.”

*Editor’s Note: By all means try to see “Half The Sky”. It is a stunning documentary , a tribute to the strength and spirit of brave women as well as a sad commentary on the barbarity of Islamic culture. Let’s hope that our Pakistani friends, who harbored Osama bin Laden and continue to give shelter to women hating AL-Quaeda terrorists will find and prosecute these bastards.
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1 Response to International Day Of The Girl: Malala Yousufzai

  1. tara says:

    I saw her story on NBC. What an extraordinary young woman, and brave. I hope she survives. I cannot fathom the idiocy and hatred harbored by these fanatics. They won’t be caught, of course. Tragic.

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