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Congrats to Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize!
This Is Where It All Started: The Diary of A Pakistani School Girl
Wednesday, January 14: I May Not Go To School Again
I was in a bad mood while going to school because winter vacations are starting from tomorrow. The principal announced the vacations but did not mention the date the school was to reopen. This was the first time this has happened.
In the past the reopening date was always announced clearly. The principal did not inform us about the reason behind not announcing the school reopening, but my guess was that the Taleban had announced a ban on girls’ education from 15 January.
This time round, the girls were not too excited about vacations because they knew if the Taleban implemented their edict they would not be able to come to school again. Some girls were optimistic that the schools would reopen in February but others said that their parents had decided to shift from Swat and go to other cities for the sake of their education.
Since today was the last day of our school, we decided to play in the playground a bit longer. I am of the view that the school will one day reopen but while leaving I looked at the building as if I would not come here again.
International Women’s Rights Activist Malala Yousafzai Calls Holocaust Figure Anne Frank, “A Quitter.”
LONDON-While recovering in hospital from a recent Taliban assassination attempt in which she was shot through the head and neck, 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai declared that Anne Frank was “a quitter.” Yousafzai began her fight against the Taliban at the age of eleven with a blog detailing the rigors of life for young women under the regime. Yousafzai was given the diary of the other famous teen to kill time during her recuperation. Not having been subjected to its super-boringness in middle school as a non-Westerner, Yousafzai came to the text with fresh eyes.
“I don’t get it. She spent two years in an attic until one day the enemy just walked in and took them away to camp. What’s the big deal? It was basically a long ass game of hide-and-seek. I WAS SHOT IN THE FUCKING HEAD AND NECK!” Aides of Yousafzai later explained there may have been something lost in the Urdu translation of ‘camp.’ Yousafzai continued, “and what’s with all that talk about Peter and ‘sensations’ and ‘special times?’ Jesus! I didn’t even see a boy until like three days ago. Oh, and she couldn’t go to school? I wasn’t even allowed to have books! She wasn’t allowed to go out during the day? I wasn’t allowed to go out EVER! She got her period while sharing a room with an old dentist? I got mine under the goddamn Taliban! Have you ever seen a Sharia-approved tampon?” This reporter has not. “Well, I’m not going to show you because it’ll give you nightmares for life. LIFE! Which is like 43 years for women where I come from.”
The former chair of District Child Assembly Swat, an education activist group for the Taliban-controlled valley in which Yousafzai was born, stated, “is this what Western children really read?! If this is what progressive education is, then I think I’ve made some serious life mistakes…I do really like those Judy Bloom books though. Superfudge was awesome. Look, I don’t want to be arrogant, but I’m pretty fucking important, I have a FATWA for fuck’s sake, and yet how many people actually know who I am?” Yousafzai’s aides reminded her that Frank was European, light-skinned, and Judeo-Christian and that she was not these things. Yousafzai responded, “oh right, fair enough.”
Yousafzai on reading in public, “girl you know, shit’s weird, but good weird.”
by Erin Zimmerman, Ace Reporter and Muffy Solitaire, Guest Contributor and Class Act
“For any movement to gain momentum, it must start with a small action. This action becomes multiplied by the masses, and is made tangible when leadership changes course due to the weight of the movement’s voice.”—
Adam Braun for The Huffington Post in his blog, “The Importance of #IamMalala on November 10th”
I don't often get serious on Tumblr.
When I do, it’s important.
The actions of the Taliban in shooting 14 year old Malala Yousafzai merely because she was a girl trying to get an education are inexcusable.
Around the world, 32 MILLION young girls who would benefit from an education are denied that right.
Please, I beg you, learn more about this issue. Make it a priority. It’s not just for their benefit. Education of women promotes worldwide health and stability.