After choosing my "safe genre" of Young Adult Fiction for my last book I decided it was time to start my journey of stepping out of my "comfort zone" and read a book that challenged me. I looked at a few books that I'm interested in reading like Missoula by Jon Krakauer and Look me in the eye by John Elder Robison ( Both were recommended by classmates) but I was drawn to the book I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. I had already known a Little bit about the accident and her story but I was interested to learn more. So I Chose it as my nonfiction memoir. The book itself wasn't as challenging as I had expected, but I found reading about the struggle this little girl had to go through just to receive a basic right such as education was hard to do.
The book I Am Malala follows Malala Yousafzai, a young girl from a remote valley in northern Pakistan that became overrun by the a terrorist group known as the Taliban. When the Taliban started threatening and bombing schools, Malala felt her right for education slipping from her grasp. In 2008 Malala's school which her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, had founded, held an assembly giving its students a chance to speak about their feelings towards the Taliban's threats against education. Malala who was 11 at the time, gave her first of many speeches about the importance of education and stood up to the terrorist group " we are afraid of no one, and we will continue our education. This is our dream" (Yousafzai 71). As a girl who's only a few years older then Malala was when she gave this speech its crazy to think that she had enough courage and strength to take a stand in such a public way. She knew the danger that she was putting herself in by standing up to a group that not only hated girls education but also forbid them the right to speak freely. As Malala got older she continued to speak out against the Taliban. In 2012 Malala and her family discovered that the Taliban had issued a death threat against her because of her activism, although Malala was frighten she believed that her cause was bigger then just her own life. On October 12, 2012 this threat became reality when a masked gunman boarded her school bus asking "who is Malala" and shot her from point-blank range in the head. Miraculously Malala survived and even continued to speak for the right of education. "Yes, the Taliban have shot me, but they can only shoot a body. They cannot shoot my dreams, they cannot kill my beliefs, and they cannot stop my campaign to see every girl and boy in school"(Yousafzai 188). Malala continues her role as an activist for education and became the youngest person to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. Malala is an inspiration to everyone who feels like they don't have a voice by proving no matter your age you can make a difference.
In Many countries its still very hard for women to receive an education. In 2015 it was found that 496 million of the 781 million illiterate people above the age of 15 in the world were females. In most countries girls around the age of 14 become "women" and are forced into marriages and expected to have children. This not only takes away the individuals rights but also takes away the opportunity for them to make a difference in the word. In a blog post by Inspiredadventures.com they talk about the importance of educating girls and the impact it can make on a nation. This blog post also shared the story of a girl who saw the importance of education and used it to change her life.
I believe that giving a girl an education is giving a women the right to control her OWN life and everyone should at least get that.
Malala, Yousafzai, and Patricia McCormick, I Am Malala How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World. Little, Brown and Company, 2014. print.
Inspired Adventures. https://inspiredadventures.com.au/blog/why-girls-the-importance-of-girls-education/ Accessed 17 October 2017.
The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/oct/20/two-thirds-of-worlds-illiterate-adults-are-women-report-finds Accessed 17 October 2017.