(If you want to go straight to her interview, it starts at 1min 4 seconds. She speaks in English)
Malala Yusufzai, 14, who has been campaigning for girls’ education and against religious extremism since the age of 11, was shot in the head last week in Pakistan, by members of the Taliban. This assassination attempt shows not only the intense power of young voices, but also the depths to which oppressive forces will go to get rid of intelligent protest. Malala is a highly effective campaigner who has shown incredible courage in the face of armed intimidation on her streets, day after day, week after week, for years. Through her acts and writings, she has galvanised thousands at home in Pakistan and abroad. The BBC picked up on the campaign in January 2009 and helped it gain international profile by publishing Malala’s blog on their website.
Malala is gravely injured and undergoing treatment here in England. There are some signs of improvement. Her cause must not be silenced.
HERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR HER AND THE 10,000’s OF GIRLS WORLDWIDE SEEKING AN EDUCATION:
Join the protest called by EdEqual Foundation, in central London, this Saturday 20th, 12.30 – 3.30pm
Sign a UN petition on girl’s education “I am Malala”
AVAAZ’s petition “We Support You Malala” calling on the Pakistan government to arrest her attackers and end violent extremism in Pakistan.
Check out and support campaigns for girls’ education like “Girls Education International”