Learning Resistance With Malala’s Autobiography
“I am Malala” is authored by a woman activist Malala Yousufzai.
She was born on July 12, 1997, in Mingora, district Swat of Pakistan’s Khayber Pakhtunkhwa province. Published in October 2013, this book contains 288 pages and has been translated into more than forty languages.
It is the autobiography of Malala, a Pakistani women activist, herself. She is the youngest and second Pakistani to receive the noble prize award.
In this book, she highlights that before it was very difficult for a woman in her area to get an education.
But instead of all these troubles, she (Malala) stood up and raised her voice for women education.
For the very cause of promoting women education and standing up firm for their other connected rights, she had to face several challenges. And she did everything possible for that – even bore firing in the hands of extremists.
In her collection, she pays gratitude to her father, Ziauddin Yousufzai for supporting her in all her thick and thin.
As in Swat, her father opened a school where she studied and then taught too.
With the founding of the school, it became easier for her to voice and campaign for women education in her area.
For the very work, she, and her family, began receiving threats from Taliban – the Islamic extremists.
Later, they shot her with bullets when she was on the bus with her father.
The main reason behind all this was her active participation in the campaign for women education, opposed by the Talibans.
They, the Taliban, perhaps, thought if she promoted female education, then all the systems would go damaged and women would lead from the front.
After getting shot, she went abroad where, apart from her treatment, she also received higher education.
She went on to getting a noble peace prize in 2014 for her struggle in promoting women education and bringing peace.
Her autobiography is completely her story which she made with her efforts from dawn to dusk and at the cost of shedding her blood.
Quitting was never an option for her which made her reach where she is now – a role model for thousands of women.
Like plenty others, she has been a role model for me as well. With her autobiography and life, she taught us that getting education is necessary for women too.
Secondly, it (the autobiography) taught us that everyone has the right to speak up for their due rights.
When violated, and work for collective benefits.
Malala teaches us that every single person’s voice is valuable. She encourages everyone that silence can never be a solution.
Malala’s autobiography “I am Malala” is worth reading.
Because this is not only her story, but of thousands of other girls.
Who are struggling in one way or the other to make an impact on others.