Saturday, 8 March 2014


To celebrate International Women’s Day, I suggest reading  this article about Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban on 9 October 2012 and snatched from death miraculously. 
Malala, who is the outspoken daughter of a devoted schoolmaster who encouraged her love of learning, defied the Taliban’s obscurantist resolve to keep girls in the dark and raised her voice in defence of their education in a country where the illiteracy rate for women is 60 %.
When she was only 11, she started giving  inspiring public speeches; she also began writing a blog for the BBC under a pseudonym, in which she wrote about maltreatment and restrictions imposed by the Taliban and the horrible limitations of life under their reign of terror. 

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