Malala Yousafzai "The Girl with a Voice" Essay

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May 6, 2013

Malala Yousafzai, “The Girl with a Voice”

For young women in Swat Valley, a district in the northwest frontier province of Mingora, Pakistan, having basic rights such as an education is an issue that has been fought for since its existence. Malala Yousafzai daughter of activist Ziauddin Yousafzai is one of many unfortunate young women who have felt the wrath and despair of the Pakistani Taliban regarding this issue. In comprehension of this paper, I will convey to the reader the story of Malala’s journey through her fight to education rights, why these rights are important, and how this issue relates to many other women’s rights issues discussed in class. I will begin by giving background on Ziauddin and
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Ziauddin fled to Peshawar the center of the fight against the Taliban sending his family to stay with relatives where it would be safe. Ziauddin along with other refugees fighting the same cause attended meetings waiting and hoping for the OK to enter back into Swat. At one of the conferences held in Peshawar Ziauddin spoke out against the militants, which was reciprocated with a threat for his life during a radio broadcast from the Taliban. During this time Malala and the rest of her family had been hopping from city to city. Unable to study or do any coursework Malala became restless, anxiously waiting for the word that she could go back home to her books. After a long three months the Yousafzai family was reunited and allowed back into Swat. During the time away from Swat Valley and away from her father, Malala quickly changed her mind about pursuing a career in medicine and decided that being a politician was the career path she needed to pursue. Serving and repairing her country so that crises like the ones her family, fellow classmates, young girls all over Pakistan and herself were experiencing were the issues she wanted to prevent. In Late 2008 Ziauddin took Malala to Peshawar to give a speech entitled “How Dare the Taliban Take Away My Basic Right to Education,” along with allowing her to blog on BBC Urdu in January of 2009, about what life was like under Taliban Rule. In her blog she used dark humor by explaining how death threats were a usual thing
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