Malala Yousufzai: Blogger Activist and Inspiration

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Malala Yousufzai

Malala Yousufzai is a 14-year old girl from Pakistan. Unlike many 14-year olds, however, Malala does not simply spend her days complaining about homework, whispering secrets to her best friend, or flirting with her crush. Instead, Malala has become a blogger activists, advocating for girls’ education in Pakistan. She lives in a conservative region of Northwestern Pakistan where the Taliban tightly restrict female education. Malala’s frustration with these restrictions caused her to begin speaking out via the internet. For her courage and activism, Malala was awarded Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize.

However, Malala’s story is not only one of accolades and courage. Sadly, in early October, Malala was shot by Taliban extremists. Pakistan’s President and Prime Minister both condemned the attack. Today, doctors say Malala is making progress, but the road to recovery is slow. She is currently in the UK receiving medical treatment after an initial surgery to remove a bullet lodged in her neck in Pakistan. Her story is inspiring people around the world to take action, with thousands signing a petition to nominate her for the Nobel Peace Prize and November 10th will mark “Malala Day.”

Malala’s story demonstrates the great power of activist bloggers. Malala’s blog about the horrors of life under the Taliban and her desire to promote girls’ education earned her international attention and scared Taliban militants enough for them to attempt to kill her. If she survives, they promise they will try again. Malala is a strong young woman, however, and vows to return to Pakistan eventually to continue advocating for education and life free of Taliban rule. Blogging and other social media have propelled her story from the rural Swat Valley of Pakistan to international attention and will hopefully help to further her goals, as well as recognize her courage.

You can learn about a few other youth activists using social media in this article.

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About AmeliaConrad

Hi! I'm a senior at Tulane University studying International Relations, International Development, and Spanish. I'm passionate about a lot of things and my current activities include the following: serving as a Fall Fellow for the Obama campaign, president of the Tulane chapter of RESULTS, vice president of Women in Politics, and co-chair of the Leadership Conference for Middle School Girls for Mortarboard; working as a resident advisor at Tulane; and interning at Save the Children! I'm really excited to pursue all of these opportunities this year. View all posts by AmeliaConrad

4 responses to “Malala Yousufzai: Blogger Activist and Inspiration

  • pkrause439

    The use of the power of blogs to provide social commentary provided by individuals who normally would not be able to submit it is a very new and interesting event. The voices of children, like Malala, would never have been able to be heard in the same context as now through the use of blogs. The further progression of open format communication and its use in social activism promises to be a huge new power in future international events.

  • npham2

    This just show how powerful social media has become. Those often without a voice in the public, now can use social media as a platform to communicate and share their views with others. It is amazing that someone of her age can stand up for what she believes in and express her thoughts of which greatly inspired others.

  • Miranda

    This girl is so inspiring. I have been following her story and I am so glad that she is on the road to recovery. Her story serves as evidence that the use of blogs – the Internet and social media – are powerful tools in the hands of the public. It is great to hear that her courage in standing up to the Taliban is inspiring so many others.

  • lfairba

    This shows the power of social media, because in the hands of even a young 14 year old girl, awareness can be brought to certain important issues. This shows how social media can affect the lives of people who need to bring on societal change.

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