I’m very excited to introduce my first ever guest poster on LittleBitSoph! It’s something I’d love to do every fortnight/month so if you’ve got any ideas or want to be featured in the future, please tweet me @LittleBitSoph. Today’s guest post will be on inspirational activist Malala Yousafzai and is written by one of my favourite bloggers Emily. It’s my pleasure to hand you over to her now, make sure you guys comment below some nice feedback to make Emily smile :).
Hey everyone! It’s Emily from emilykburr.wordpress.com, and today I’m taking over littlebitsoph! Hope you enjoy this post, and definitely check out my blog!
When I heard that Malala Yousafzai had become the youngest ever winner of the Noble Peace Prize, I was delighted. Feminism and women’s rights are issues I hold very close to my heart, and the work she has done and awareness she has raised in such a short amount time is completely mind-blowing and very humbling to me.
For those of you who don’t know, Malala is a 16 year-old Pakistani who advocates for the right for girls to receive an education. The Taliban, where she is from, had tried to ban girls from attending schools. They saw Malala and the work she was doing, thus making her a prime target. She was subsequently shot in the head, in front of her friends, as the Taliban stormed the bus she was riding. Thankfully, she survived, and has not stopped campaigning her beliefs despite her near-death experience.
People such as Malala remind me just how lucky I am to live in a country that gives equal education rights to boys and girls, and allows me to do exactly what I want, when I want, as well as a system that supports my aspirations. Her passion for the right to receive an education is very humbling, as it is something I have always taken for granted, and I have never really considered the importance of education until I heard her story. Without my education, I would not be writing this post. Living in the kind of oppression that these young girls have to live in every single day is unimaginable and really makes me sick to my stomach.
She is incredibly inspiring in this interview on The Daily Show, and it really is worth watching if you’re unaware of the situation. It really brings forward the importance of education, and how it can change the world.
She has also set up a fund that aims to ’empower girls through education’ that you can support if you feel passionately about this cause too.
This girl is an absolute credit to the feminist and education movement, and truly makes me proud to call myself a feminist, and as Malala said in an interview, “There is no difference between a man and a woman, I even believe that a woman is more powerful then men”.
Who inspires you the most?