It’s been almost two years since I first wrote about Malala Yousafzai as one of the first kick-ass women featured on my blog. Although I’ve been off the radar for a while, this was an achievement I needed to recognize on my blog.
Today it was announced that Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi won the Nobel Peace Prize for their work for child education and child rights. At only 17, Malala is the youngest ever recipient of the prize. She is also the first Pakistani to receive the peace prize.
The prize is also symbolic because it was jointly won by a Pakistani and an Indian, a Muslim and a Hindu. The Nobel committee said it was important, joining together two often sparring sides in a common struggle for education against extremism. Malala claimed she spoke to Satyarthi via phone, and that they agreed to work together for better opportunities for children. She hoped their efforts would help their two countries strengthen their relationship and overcome their differences.
Malala is a spokesperson for girls’ right to education everywhere. The Nobel committee chairman acknowledged how important the winners’ efforts were, saying, “it is a prerequisite for peaceful global development that the rights of children and young people be respected. In conflict-ridden areas in particular, the violation of children leads to the continuation of violence from generation to generation.”
Two years ago, I wrote: “Malala is, and always will be, a pioneer in the realm of equal education, showing us all that knowledge is truly a powerful thing, able to defy and threaten even the most violent of terrorist organizations. Equally important is the fact that Malala’s story has empowered a generation fighting for its rights to stand up, and speak up.” This prize only further validates her struggle and will give fuel to her efforts to help girls everywhere earn an education.
Once again, here’s to you, Malala.
Until next time…