Fighting for what you believe is never an easy task, but knowing you have a a strong support system that will back you up regardless makes things a bit easier.
Going against the social norm is a difficult task. What type of characteristics do you feel a person must possess in order to proclaim publicly their unpopular beliefs? Confidence? Determination?Courage?
I strive to ensure that confidence is a common theme throughout my blog. I truly believe that our individualities should be embraced and I strive to promote that message in each of my blog posts. One thing I have yet to touch on, however, is finding your confidence to go against the social norm.
Malala Yousafazai is an educational activist from Swat Valley, Pakistan. Malala began campaigning for the rights of girls, and all children, to receive a free education since she was a mere 10 years old. Malala was also a blogger. Using a pseudonym, she wrote a blog detailing her life under control of the Taliban for BBC. Malala also used her blog as a way to promote her belief that every girl should have access to a free 12-year education.
In October of 2012, Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban while on the bus coming home from school. She was then 15 years old. Malala was recently awarded Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize, the International Children’s Peace Prize, The Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award and the Sakharov Prize. Malala is only 18 years old. Yep, she is my age. How is that for a change-maker?
Her father said, “When Malala was shot, she was reborn. Now, she’s leading and I’m one of her supporters. I have found her more successful than me, wiser than me, and more resilient than me. I have learned many things.” After Malala’s recovery, she and her father began a nonprofit organization. The goal of this organization is to empower young girls to reach their full potential by providing them with the opportunity of receiving a secondary education.
Malala took a cause she was passionate about and ran with it. Not even being shot in the head will cause her to back down. Malala is unstoppable. And her courage, confidence, and determination is inspiring. She has brought worldwide recognition to the cause.
The documentary, He Named Me Malala, show cases the life of Malala Yousafazi. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Malala, her father Zia, and her family’s fight for girls’ education. The film provides us with the inside look at how amazing Malala truly is. There will be a Global Broadcast of He Named Me Malala on Monday, February 29th at 8pm EST.
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