Day 10 - Malala Yousafzai
The end of semester busy-ness is often the subject of moaning by us here at Sibéal – exams, marking, deadlines, admin work, prepping materials for next semester. It seems like a long slog, even now, until colleges shut down for the festive period! It is easy to take for granted what a luxury participation in Higher Education is, particularly for women.
Our Day 10 #12FeministsofChristmas is someone who has made immeasurable contributions to the participation of girls and women in education internationally – Malala Yousafzai. No coincidence either that 10th December marks International Human Rights Day as Malala opposes political, social and cultural regimes which deny women their human rights.
Being targeted with extreme violence by the Taliban at a young age for her activism propelled Malala into the global spotlight. Upon her recovery from her injuries in the UK, and with the assistance of her family, the Malala Fund was established. The Malala Fund currently targets interventions to champion education for girls in Turkey, Afghanistan, Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Lebanon, Nigeria and Pakistan. There are plans to expand the operations of the organisation in the future.
Her work has earned her the prestigious accolade of being the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. Like all of our feminists, Malala’s contributions to feminism and human rights is at an early stage. Her studies at the University of Oxford will further equip her with skills to continue to improve the lives of girls and women everywhere.
Sources: The Malala Fund https://malala.org/malalas-story?sc=header
United Nations Human Rights Day, https://www.un.org/en/observances/human-rights-day
Image is from Lisa Allardice, 'Malala Yousafzai on student life, facing critics – and her political ambitions', The Guardian, Sat 19 Jan, 2019, https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jan/19/malala-yousafzai-voice-generation-we-are-displaced