that is so great of her
The Purple 50/50 campaign believes that men and women should be treated equally and given equal opportunities at work, home and at school.
But not everyone believes this. The story of Malala Yousafzai shows us how a group of people can potentially suppress a person’s dreams and call for equal treatment.
Malala Yousafzai is a Muslim activist who spoke out against the Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) ban on education for girls.
As a result of her activism, in 2012, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan shot Malala.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban is an extremist group that believes that girls shouldn’t be allowed to attend school because educating girls goes against Islam.
But many Muslim religious leaders and ordinary citizens disagree with the Taliban’s understanding of Islam and girls/women’s rights. They believe that Islam actually promotes girls and women's’ rights .
Malala was only 15 years old when she was shot. But the attack didn’t deter the young activist, it actually intensified her dream for girls and women to have equal rights to education.
Since the shooting, she has written a book titled I am Malala and received the Nobel Peace Prize.
In her own words, she insists
...I don’t want to be thought as the ‘girl who was shot by the Taliban’ but the girl who fought for education.
Malala teaches us all
Malala’s story is a reality for many girls who have been denied access to education simply for being born female and reminds us that we have to work tirelessly to create a 50/50 world.
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