Feminist Spotlight: Malala Yousafzai – Solutions for Women’s Rights & Education

If you’re not already familiar with Malala Yousafzai, prepare to be amazed. She is a Pakistani student who has been an activist for women’s rights and education since she was 11, when she began writing a blog for the BBC detailing her life under Taliban rule and her view on promoting education for women. She rose in prominence after starring in a New York Times documentary and began giving interviews for print and television. Then, on October 9, 2012, she was shot in the head and neck by a Taliban gunman in an attempted assassination. Fortunately, she survived, sparking an international outpouring of support. On July 12, 2013, she spoke before the UN.

In her message, she is true to the essence of happy feminism. Instead of just pointing fingers and becoming angry, she seeks a solution and calls for action. “There was a time when women social activists asked men to stand up for their rights. But, this time, we will do it by ourselves. I am not telling men to step away from speaking for women’s rights rather I am focusing on women to be independent to fight for themselves.” You can’t expect other people to step in to make the difference, if you’re not even willing to stand.

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