Gender Studies Paper on Malala-An Advocate of Girl Child Education
As a global champion for girls’ education, Malala Yousafzai advocates formal education for the millions of girls who have been denied the opportunity because of political, economic and social factors. She traveled the world to campaign for education rights for girls. Her passion for the girl child reciprocates by contributing the entire Nobel Peace Prize money to the creation of a secondary school for the girls in Pakistan (Tolentino 18-21). She affirms that:
“This award is not just for me, it is for those forgotten children who want the education (Tolentino 19)”.
This outstanding achievement shows American and European audiences that educating a girl child is a benefit to the whole society. She is an outspoken staunch advocate for girl child education and strongly opposes Taliban effort to restrict girls from going to school. Her great achievement is unparalleled and she remains an active proponent of education in the world as a fundamental social and economic right. Through her worldwide recognition, Americans and European people’s perception towards Pakistan and teenage girls have changed to the better.
Moreover, initiating more learning institutions for the girls persuades the world in relation to girl child education. In her speech at one of the newly opened school’s classrooms in Lebanon, she says:
“As an adult today, on behalf of the children of the world, I demand of all the leaders that we must invest in books (education) rather than bullets (Arana,) “.
Additionally, she calls upon world leaders to invest in education, the real weapon for change, rather than spending the money on other things. She suggests that if the world stopped funding military services for eight days, the world could have the $39 billion that can provide 12 years of free and quality education to every child in the world. Remarkably, she holds that to achieve a peaceful world, all the leaders must respect the rights of children and young people. Perpetrating injustices against children most preferably girls is the contributing factor of future generation conflicts. To reaffirm this, she argues:
“If one man can destroy everything, why can’t one girl change it?…I don’t want to be thought of a girl who was shot by the Taliban, but as a girl who fought for education as this is the cause I want to devote my life (Wilson).”
By embracing diversity, tolerating and accepting different cultures, lifestyles, and way of thinking, Malala is able to advocate for the right of education to children beyond borders. Putting her desires into action makes her to be recognized globally. For instance, winning the Nobel Peace prize for her outstanding effort to fight for the children is a replica of her personality in her fight for the right of children globally. However, through this recognition, she has been able to visit various parts of the world such as Kenya and Nigeria. Her commitment towards education is grounded in international human rights discourse.
In her autobiography, religion is what makes her. According to an interview with Al Jazeera, she says that as a Muslim, different from other Muslim feminists, has the potential for reform. Her personality and expression in The Daily Show expound more on her commitment towards fighting for human rights. As a champion of girls’ education, she hopes to achieve more for her country and the only way is to aspire for a position of prime minister. She says:
“I want to serve my own country and my dream is that my country becomes developed whereby I see every child get education …as our politicians are doing nothing for the people of Pakistan, neither for peace nor education, I want to become prime minister of my own country (Arana)”.
Through this position, she thinks that she will change the perception of child education, as the only tool to fight crimes, poverty, and illiteracy in the world.
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