Embrace the Mindful living
Our new guestwriter is Lindsay. Lindsay is a stay at home mom and wife living in New Jersey. She loves all things strange, quirky, and spiritual in nature. With a passion for reading, writing and music, she tries every day to become a better person. Check out her blog here: linzeroni.wordpress.com
In the developed nations that we live in, it is easy to forget the basic rights that we are fortunate enough to experience. Not only do children get the chance to get an education, but it is against the law if you don’t send them to school. Unfortunately, in developing countries around the world, going to school is something that young children only dream about. If there are schools, many nations do not allow young women to attend them. They are forced to be uneducated, illiterate, and married at young ages and to produce children as soon as they reach puberty.
And we as a collective people, in our comfortably developed nations, have a duty to acknowledge the true shame of this predicament that these children face all over the world. It is our responsibility to honor those that are brave enough to fight this system, and demand a change.
Born on July 12, 1997 in a popular tourist town called Mingora, an incredibly courageous Pakistani girl by the name of Malala Yousafzai stood up for the right for women to go to school and almost lost her life for this fight. Her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, founded a school for children in Pakistan, the same school young Malala attended.
In the late 1990’s, the Taliban started taking control of her hometown. Mr. Yousafzai kept his school open, ignoring the threats and social pressures of the extremist group. However, in 2008, the Taliban began attacking schools in Swat, Pakistan, and Malala had had enough. She was quoted as stating, “How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?”
Under the pseudonym of Gul Makai, she started blogging about living under Taliban control to the BBC in 2009. In December of that year, her identity was revealed and her life was in danger. She continued to speak about the rights of all women and their right to receive an education. In 2011 Malala was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize, and years later would be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Her family soon learned that the Taliban had issued a death threat against her at the age of 14, but not believing the Taliban would kill a child, the fear was mostly for her father’s life. As a known anti-Taliban activist, he seemed to be the most likely target.
But on October 9, 2012, Malala was approached by a member of the Taliban and was shot , with the bullet hitting the left side of her face and down into her neck. After extensive surgery at a military hospital in Peshwar, she was in critical condition. Miraculously, she survived the attack. As her critical condition became more stable, she was transferred to a hospital in Birmingham, England. After multiple surgeries to fix the paralysis she suffered to the left side of her face, she again began to attend school and to fight for the right for women’s education.
Although, unfortunately, Malala is still a target, she continues to stand up despite the threat of the Taliban. She has written an autobiography, I Am Yousafzai: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, and spoke at the United Nations on her 16th this amazing young woman received the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought by the European Parliament and to this day, continues to advocate for education and women’s rights.
~ Never give up the fight for what you think is right. Never back down or let fear belittle your passion ~
This wonderful young woman is making enormous strides to help children and women around the globe. We can learn a valuable lesson from her; never give up the fight for what you think is right. Never back down or let fear belittle your passion. There is still lot of work needed to improve our world. If Malala was brave enough to stand up to the Taliban, we need to strive for that same courage to instill peace and unity throughout our own communities.
In developed countries, we are very fortunate for the rights we have as women. Unfortunately, in today’s day and age, younger children and teenagers do not seem to understand the extreme struggles that others face around the world. That is why it is our duty as strong, independent women, to teach our own children to value their basic rights, to appreciate what is available to them, and to take every opportunity that comes their way. There may never come a day where everyone is free to do as they wish; some women may never get the chance to vote, some children will never get the opportunity to attend school and learn how to read and write-and certainly not in our lifetime. Our children really are the future, and as parents and adults, we must instill courage and open mindedness into this generation of children. They are the ones that can make a difference. They are the ones that will have easier access to the tools needed to fight for the less fortunate.
May Malala never be forgotten, and let her words reverberate around the globe. She is a hero, a true survivor, and a woman that we can all admire and aspire to be. She has set down a large stepping stone for future generations to demand change, and has allowed for a platform for others so step upon. Malala, a warrior in her own right, is a woman that will no doubt achieve much, much more in her lifetime. Be Malala, place her message in your soul, and step out into the world and conquer it.
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