Malala Yousafzai: ‘I have a right’


Women and girls in countries such as Pakistan and Afghanistan ought to have the right to attend school without fear of murderous religious fanatics.  They also ought to have the right to live without flying killer drones overhead.

The best way to defeat the Taliban is by supporting education.  What is the best way to do that?  The answer to that question should come from educators in Pakistan and Afghanistan, not from somebody like me.  I don’t know what kind of help they want or whether, at this point, whether they want help from us Americans at all.


The text of Malala Yousafzai’s speech to the United Nations, given on July 12, 2013, her 16th birthday.

Letter to Malala Yousafzai from a member of the Pakistan Taliban.

Malala Yousafzai tells Obama drones are ‘fueling terrorism’ by Lesley Clark for McClatchy newspapers

Pakistan’s Girls Look Up to Malala, Defy Taliban and Go to School by Hans Anwar for Bloomberg Businessweek.

Malala Yousafzai brings fear and loathing to her home town by Rob Crilly for The Telegraph.  Sadly, not everyone in Pakistan sees Malala Yousafzai as a heroine.

How Malala Yousafzai’s Courage Inspired a Nation by Nick Schifrin for ABC News.

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One Response to “Malala Yousafzai: ‘I have a right’”

  1. Atticus Says:

    Education is the great equalizer. Unfortunately for people in countries like Pakistan or Afghanistan no one (religious extremists or foreign governments) is willing to relinquish their own stake in the country to empower the people.


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