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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 09:34 AM

Malala Yousafzai is a young woman who is my hero

Nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, this 15-year-old:

"Malala Yousafzai (Pashto: ملاله یوسفزۍ‎; Urdu: ملالہ یوسف زئی‎ Malālah Yūsafzay, born 12 July 1997) is a Pakistani school pupil and education activist from the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. She is known for her education and women's rights activism in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. In early 2009, at the age of 11/12, Yousafzai wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC detailing her life under Taliban rule, their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for girls. The following summer, a New York Times documentary was filmed about her life as the Pakistani military intervened in the region, culminating in the Second Battle of Swat. Yousafzai began to rise in prominence, giving interviews in print and on television and taking a position as chairperson of the District Child Assembly Swat. She has since been nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize by Desmond Tutu and has won Pakistan's first National Youth Peace Prize. A number of prominent individuals, including the Canadian Prime Minister, are supporting a petition to nominate Yousafzai for the Nobel Peace Prize.

On 9 October 2012, Yousafzai was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus. In the days immediately following the attack, she remained unconscious and in critical condition, but later her condition improved enough for her to be sent to a hospital in the United Kingdom for intensive rehabilitation. On 12 October, a group of 50 Islamic clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwā against those who tried to kill her, but the Taliban reiterated its intent to kill Yousafzai and her father, Ziauddin.

Former British Prime Minister and current U.N. Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown launched a United Nations petition in Yousafzai's name, using the slogan "I am Malala" and demanding that all children worldwide be in school by the end of 2015. Brown said he would hand the petition to Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari in November. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has announced that 10 November will be celebrated as Malala Day."

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malala_Yousafzai


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Reply Malala Yousafzai is a young woman who is my hero (Original post)
obamanut2012 Feb 2013 OP
FSogol Feb 2013 #1
obamanut2012 Feb 2013 #2
FSogol Feb 2013 #4
HappyMe Feb 2013 #5
Starry Messenger Feb 2013 #9
Puzzledtraveller Feb 2013 #3
obamanut2012 Feb 2013 #8
lumberjack_jeff Feb 2013 #22
MineralMan Feb 2013 #6
Starry Messenger Feb 2013 #7
ProfessionalLeftist Feb 2013 #10
HappyMe Feb 2013 #11
pnwest Feb 2013 #12
obamanut2012 Feb 2013 #13
JI7 Feb 2013 #28
obamanut2012 Feb 2013 #33
randome Feb 2013 #14
obamanut2012 Feb 2013 #16
randome Feb 2013 #18
obamanut2012 Feb 2013 #20
JI7 Feb 2013 #26
hue Feb 2013 #15
obamanut2012 Feb 2013 #17
NCTraveler Feb 2013 #19
obamanut2012 Feb 2013 #24
alphafemale Feb 2013 #21
Sissyk Feb 2013 #23
obamanut2012 Feb 2013 #25
JI7 Feb 2013 #27
obamanut2012 Feb 2013 #30
eissa Feb 2013 #29
LeftishBrit Feb 2013 #31
a la izquierda Feb 2013 #32
obamanut2012 Feb 2013 #34
Matariki Feb 2013 #35
smirkymonkey Feb 2013 #36
Dr. Strange Feb 2013 #37
obamanut2012 Feb 2013 #38
Common Sense Party Feb 2013 #39
obamanut2012 Feb 2013 #40

Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 09:36 AM

1. K & R. A very brave young woman. n/t

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Response to FSogol (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 09:38 AM

2. I cannot imagine being that courageous

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 09:41 AM

4. Seriously. n/t

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 09:41 AM

5. Neither can I.

Courage enough for 5 people.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 09:58 AM

9. Nor I.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 09:39 AM

3. And I complain about petty stuff, good to be reminded about real struggles and bravery

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Response to Puzzledtraveller (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 09:47 AM

8. My wifi goes out, and I get annoyed

It is shameful to feel that way, isn't it, when someone like her is in the world?

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Response to Puzzledtraveller (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:59 PM

22. That's right. It's easy to get worked up about our own first-world problems. n/t

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 09:44 AM

6. And a worthy hero she is, too.

Her courage is remarkable, and she could potentially influence change. She risked her life, and says she will continue to do so.

She is the very definition of a hero.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 09:45 AM

7. k&r

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 10:00 AM

10. She is definitely a hero.

Very VERY deserving of that Nobel Peace Prize.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 10:50 AM

11. Kicking a real hero back up.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 10:50 AM

12. she shames me.

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Response to pnwest (Reply #12)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:14 AM

13. She does

Her life humbles us.

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Response to pnwest (Reply #12)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 05:51 PM

28. one of the things i enjoy most doing is just reading a book

and she reminds me of how lucky some of us are compared to so many others to be able to so easily do something like that.

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Response to JI7 (Reply #28)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 12:20 AM

33. +1

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:17 AM

14. If she was awarded the Peace Prize, it might give some of those fundamentalist assassins pause.

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Response to randome (Reply #14)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:26 PM

16. It would at least give a boost to the non Fundie Muslims

And, inspire Muslim girls and women.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #16)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:45 PM

18. Yes. A wake-up call to join the 21st century.

America is not perfect, not by any stretch of the imagination. But our ideals of equal rights for all should be something we push more frequently and more urgently.

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Response to randome (Reply #18)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:50 PM

20. I agree

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Response to randome (Reply #14)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 05:44 PM

26. i don't think the thugs will care either way, but hopefully it will inspire

others who may not do much or even know to learn about this and try to do what they can.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:38 AM

15. Case in point why we must support the battle against the Taliban!

Taliban are the ultimate misogynists who disallow even medical services for females (women & girls). They could have a female physician but girls &women are not allowed to be educated to become physicians.
This brave young Lady is the epitome of courage, intelligence inner & outer beauty, shows leadership skills and humility!! What a gem of a person! And they men want to kill Her!! <---How sick is that???

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Response to hue (Reply #15)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:27 PM

17. +1

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:48 PM

19. Thank you for this op. K&R. nt

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Response to NCTraveler (Reply #19)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 03:17 PM

24. Thanks for reading it!

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:57 PM

21. To the stars yes. Not Lindsey Lohan wantabees cursing in a courtroom.

Flip off princess (and those celebrating her) need a lesson in reality.

She is NOT oppressed.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 01:17 PM

23. She is a Hero.

And, 15yo's in this First World Country are concerned about the latest phone, tablet, or fashion while getting an education that they take for granted.

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Response to Sissyk (Reply #23)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 04:42 PM

25. There are lots of great kids here

And, many do live a life of want and need.

However, there is still a world of difference. You got it.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 05:50 PM

27. a real hero

a lot of times we bring up people like Rosa Parks, the student in Tiananmen who stook up against the tank, and others in a sarcastic way when someone brings up some modern day person as a hero.

but in this case, Malala fits right in with them. i really hope she wins the noble peace prize so more people can learn about her and what she wants to do.

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Response to JI7 (Reply #27)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 06:42 PM

30. I do, too

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 06:01 PM

29. Now SHE'S a hero

I know few people willing to literally risk their lives simply to obtain an education. Here's a girl who can articulate herself far beyond her young years, and in such a manner as to make everyone sit up and listen to her wise words. A far cry from some bratty moron who can't answer basic questions, and thinks it's funny to flip off a judge.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 07:05 PM

31. k&r

A real heroine.

A fund for girls' education has been set up in her name.

http://vitalvoices.org/node/3326

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 07:07 PM

32. Well done, thank you for posting.

I refrained from commenting on the other thread.

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Response to a la izquierda (Reply #32)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 12:22 AM

34. You are most welcome

My heroes are people who want to change the world for the better. She is definitely someone who already has.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 02:01 AM

35. Bravo. Well done.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 06:14 AM

36. K&R

What a brave young woman. I would really like to see her win the Nobel Prize. I think it should be her year.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 09:40 AM

37. Hero? Come on, she's no Penelope Soto.

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Response to Dr. Strange (Reply #37)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 12:02 PM

38. omg

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Response to obamanut2012 (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 12:05 PM

39. What, did she also flip off a judge?

There's a different definition of 'hero' around here lately...


But thank you for helping us remember what TRUE courage looks like.

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Response to Common Sense Party (Reply #39)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 12:38 PM

40. You are most welcome!

She is a remarkable young lady.

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