Rosy commented this morning about the amazing speech that Malala Yousafzei has made to the United Nations.
Malala is the young woman who was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for education for young women. She had advocated publicly for the right of young women to receive an education and was shot by the Taliban in an attempt to silence her. She has refused to be silenced and recently spoke to the United Nations about the importance of education. She said:
“On the ninth of October 2012, the Taliban shot me on the left side of my forehead. They shot my friends too. They thought that the bullet would silence us. But they failed. And out of that silence came thousands of voices. The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions. But nothing changed in my life, except this. Weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born. I’m not against anyone, neither am I here to speak in terms of personal revenge against the Taliban or any other terrorist group. I’m here to speak up for the right of education of every child.”
Rosy’s comment was met with concern that the USA was publicising this to avert attention from drone attacks that the US is conducting on Afghanistan and on the social circumstances which contribute to the popularity of the Taliban. While these should be condemned I think that we should celebrate the bravery of a young woman who will stand up no matter what the consequences are for the right of young women to receive an education.
Malala Yousafzei, respect.