Malala is an inspiration to all the female all over the world.
Her braveness and dedication for girl’s education and equal right for women are unmatched by any opposing power. The book shows, the war of people to live in freedom, particularly ladies under the Taliban invasion over SWAT, Pakistan. The sequence of activities that followed, described in Malala’s voice, is remarkable—the politics, the media frenzy and her recovery. Malala’s story is significant in light of women’s role in her tradition and the organizations struggle to oppress women—in this case the Taliban. This is the story of the girl who stood up for Education and was shot by the Taliban, deftly written by Malala Yousafzai with the help of an award-winning overseas correspondent, Christina Lamb. ‘I am Malala’ is an autobiography that will make you trust in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.
In the first half of the book Malala describes Pakistan’s account including the history of her ancestors and thus the northern region of Pakistan, Swat where she lives. Malala also shares stories of her family, giving the reader a glimpse into the culture of Pakistan from a young woman’s vision. Many of the stories involve Malala’s fore sire Ziauddin Yousafzai. She describes his affaire in local politics, within the residential district and his vocal support of didactics for boys and girls. There’s little question Malala’s cacoethes and courage to aspect up for woman’s right stem from her Father’s natural action and character. Malala may be a young teen from the Swat Valley in Pakistan. She was raised peacefully, but the Taliban soon began to take over the world. The Taliban started sort of a little seed but grew into an enormous weed that controlled everything. Ziauddin Yousafzai defied Taliban edict by running a private school that encouraged girls to attend. Malala describes the challenge and frustrations her father faced when starting the varsity. Her father believed the school’s students could conflict with the enemy with pens, not swords. They eventually made it so girls weren’t allowed to travel to high school, and ladies weren’t allowed out of their house unless they’re amid a blood brother. Malala wouldn’t put up with this, for she features a desire to find out and know answers to her questions. She is that the daughter of the principal of her school, and grew up admiring the scholars that attended. After surviving a bullet to the head, months within the hospital, and a move to England, Malala becomes activist and stands up for girl’s rights and her belief that everybody has the proper to travel to high school. I liked this book because Malala may be a great model and author. She provides a robust figure for any girl growing up during this hectic world. Women’s condition in Pakistan was very miserable forbidden from going out of their home. And was unimaginable that they would ever study to have a job. The birth of a boy child was celebrated with gunfire and girls were not even greeted with a smile. The discrimination was so visible that in a common family the boy where given milk tea and cream in breakfast whereas the girls were given only tea. If there were eggs, they would only be for the boys, if there was chicken for dinner the girls would get the wings and neck while the luscious breast meat was enjoyed by the male members of the family(Malala,2015,p22). The law was also impartial to the women as a thirteen-year-old girl, who was raped and became pregnant was then sent to prison for adultery because she couldn’t produce four male witnesses to prove it was a crime done to her as it was the rule(Malala,2015,p24). Women in the time weren’t allowed to open a bank account without man’s permission. The women’s national team was forced to wear baggy trousers instead of shorts and stopped some game foe women entirely. Young girls were sold to men, and there was a custom called ‘Swara’ by which girls were given to another tribal to resolve a feud (Malala, 2015, p54). A woman who used to work for Malala’s family was sold to a man much older her who already had a wife and wanted a younger one(Malala,2015,p54). It was considered that if the girl was found flirting to a boy it would bring shame to her family but it was fine if a boy does that. A girl named Khalida who helped Malala’s mother in cooking was sold to an old man who had been beating her, and eventually, she ran away with her three daughters which she had at the time and her own family would not talk her back as it was believed a woman who has left her husband would bring disgrace and shame to her family(Malala,2015,p67).
I was shocked to come across a fact that people used to listen to The Mullahs of the Taliban and believed them who preached that the earthquake and the natural calamities were the warnings from God’s cause of the women’s freedom and obscenity(Malala,2015,p88). There where banners in the market saying that females were not allowed to be in the market or even in a shop if they are found unaccompanied by their male relative. If found alone they would be punished. The Taliban murdered two girls in Gilgit, which was a bit north of Swat because they posted a video online showing themselves dancing in the rain and they wore traditional dress and even headscarves the Talib who killed them was their stepbrother(Malala,2015,p264). I was very happy and felt relieved because even though the Taliban had relished hell on the northwestern part of Pakistan people where still humble and Humanity was not lost. People were generous enough to give shelter and relief in their homes to the refugees from Swat during the army fought with the Taliban. As the women were expected not to mix with the men there shared no relation. So the men who gave shelter to the refugee even slept away from their own homes to respect the women’s privacy (Malala,2015,p150).
The right to education must be a birthright for every child in the world. But, as the Taliban invaded in Pakistan during the early 2000s. They enforced strict law in the Mingora and few parts of Swat, restricting the rights and freedom of women. One among many of the laws enforced by the Taliban was the ban on girls from attending school which worsens the already lacking education system in Pakistan which saw around 5.5 million school children out of their school out of which 63% was the girl children. Popular people who influenced the government in the remote regions persuaded the authorities to construct schools which they instead of using as schools used the buildings for their hujras( Pashtun meeting place for men)or even to keep their animals(Malala,2015,p68). The Taliban used to scare people by saying that reading books and learning English or studying science would westernize the kids which would be a big disrespect to Islam(Malala,2015,p136).In Western culture it’s unthinkable that women be excluded from education. Malala and her story are symbolic of education freedom and the book delivers a message to the world. Education considered a right for many is used as a mechanism for oppression in some countries.
Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow.’ Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human.
Malala’s story emphasizes an education’s value. Looking deeper it challenges readers to examine the role of education, its purpose and function within a society. Withholding education from certain groups within a society hinders progress, threatens peace and perpetuates poverty. These principles also apply to Western cultures where education is the starting point for eliminating poverty, reducing crime and violence in impoverished neighborhoods. There are parallels; it’s thought-provoking. Even after what the Taliban did to Malala when speaking to Barak Obama, she said to Obama-That instead of focusing on eradicating terrorism through war, he should focus on eradicating it through education.
I felt both humbled and inspired by ‘I am Malala’ it’s a compelling read. It’s a tale of a brave girl in an unsafe world, and it reveals her fierce determination to form the world a far better place. The book sure is a good starting place for learning about the complexities of women’s rights in some countries and their access to education. I think that her story is one everyone should know she is a voice everyone should hear. Her book should be utilized in classes around the world. It’s extremely powerful, and Malala is someone who will all learn from it. When reading the book, you easily forget that Malala was just a toddler when most of those events happened. Most folks won’t show one-hundredth of her courage in our entire lifetime. She used her grief and her tragic past to create a cause and help solve the issues she sees which the most pressing. The fight remains happening and wishes our attention, and Malala’s book may be a testament to the facility each and each one among us has got to make the planet a more equal place.
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