One of our members of staff attended the International Women’s Day at London’s South Bank, where they held a Women of the World festival. Please find her accounts below! A very interesting and inspiring read.
Amongst many of the key speakers, there was one in particular that blew me away. Her name is Malala Yousafzai. She is best known as the 15 year old girl who was shot in the head three times by the Taliban for trying to exercise her right to school and education. The Taliban had banned girls from attending school in some parts of Pakistan. In early 2009, at the age of 11–12, Yousafzai wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC detailing her life under Taliban rule, their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for girls. She has since been nominated for the winner of Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize and was nominated for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. She was also featured on Time Magazine’s front cover as one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World”. Malala is now 16 years of age and heavily involved in activism for rights to education and for women in particular.
It was truly inspiring to see a young girl so passionate about the importance of education for children, young people and women alike; someone willing to fight for these causes really illustrated courage. Despite disadvantaged circumstances, education is one of the most fundamental tools we can utilise to enables us to etch a better future for ourselves. I believed it to be a very empowering message for all of our Young People.