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Malala Yousafzai, Human Rights, Equal Rights, Feminism, Education, Pakistan, Nobel Peace Prize, Taliban, Child, Girl, Woman, the Power of One, discrimination

Malala Yousafzai, Human Rights, Equal Rights, Feminism, Education, Pakistan, Nobel Peace Prize, Taliban, Child, Girl, Woman, the Power of One, discrimination

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  • 1. For the first anniversary of the attempt on her life on October 9, 2012, we have prepared this brief tribute to the determination, achievements, and wisdom of Malala Yousafzai – an inspiration to us all. Robert B. Fitzpatrick, PLLC Attorneys and Counselors at Law http://www.robertbfitzpatrick.com fitzpatrick.law@verizon.net
  • 2. One Child, One Pen “Each time a man [or a woman] stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” - Robert F. Kennedy
  • 3. • Yousafzai became involved in activism for women’s rights and education in Pakistan at the age of eleven when she began writing a diary for the BBC about life under the Taliban. • At the insistence of the BBC’s editors, Yousafzai wrote under a pseudonym. • Although her blog ended in March 2009, Yousafzai began appearing appearing on television to publicly advocate for female education.
  • 4. • On October 9, 2012, Yousafzai was shot in the head while riding her schoolbus home. • On the ride back, the ride was interrupted when a Taliban gunman boarded the bus and shot Malala in the head. • Two other girls, Kainat Riaz and Shazia Ramzan were also wounded in the attack. • After the attack, Yousafzai was airlifted by military helicopter to a military hospital in Peshawar, where she was treated by army neurosurgeon Col. Junaid Khan.
  • 5. • Several days later, Yousafzai was flown to Queen Elizabeth Medical Center in Birmingham, the United Kingdom. • Yousafzai survived the attack, and has continued to raise awareness about women’s issues and education on the international stage. • Yousafzai and her family continue to reside in Birmingham.
  • 6. “Some people only ask others to do something. I believe that, why should I wait for someone else? Why don’t I take a step and move forward? When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” - Malala Yousafzai, speaking at Harvard, September 28, 2013. “Here they consider me as a good girl, the girl who stood up for children’s rights and the girl who was shot by the Taliban. They never look at me as Malala, as their friend, and as a normal girl. In Pakistan I was just Malala, simply Malala.” - Malala Yousafzai, in an interview with the BBC, October 7, 2013. “One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen, can change the world.” - Malala Yousafzai before the U.N., July 12, 2013.
  • 7. • Yousafzai has been recognized by numerous countries, as well as national and international organizations, including: • Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice; • Ambassador of Conscience Award from Amnesty International; • Sitara-e-Shujaat, Pakistan’s third-highest award for civilian bravery; • One of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World; • International Children’s Peace Price, 2013; • Yousafzai was nominated for the Nobel Peace Price in March 2013. A petition for her selection can be found here: http://www.change.org/en- CA/petitions/nobel-peace-prize-for- malala • Numerous prominent politicians and leaders have endorsed the petition.
  • 8. • Malala Yousafzai’s Charity: http://www.malalafund.com • The Women in the World Foundation: http://womenintheworld.org • The Office of the UN Special Envoy for Global Education: http://educationenvoy.org/p etition • More Information: http://www.vitalvoices.org/n ode/3326