Yes..this face is so familiar for us and needless to explain why..!!! In fact, do you know this girl started her fight as a little BLOGGER with a pseudonym ..?? On July 12, when she celebrates her birthday, we world celebrates her courage and bravery to stand up for herself and other girl children for the right of education. When one little blogger girl around 15 years old had that fire in her even death failed to stop her..!!
She didn’t stop her journey there..Didn’t you notice those self motivated words in her autobiography ?? She decided to continue the fight for girls education and started Malala Fund, a school for Syrian refugee girls with help of her dad…herself graduated last month(June 2020) from Britain’s prestigious Oxford University.
The speech delivered by her, when she came here in Canada to receive the honorary citizenship stoked our minds..She emphasized the importance of girl education and how it would help to transform the world to better place to live. I can recall a related incident from my childhood days. When I chose a professional engineering course for my post secondary education, some of my relatives raised the similar kind of concern..‘why do you send a girl child for such an expensive courses?’ Well, luckily my parents who knew the value of education didn’t fall for those discouraging words..!!
When a girl is educated, we educate-a family-a community and the upcoming generations as well. There are many instances where I have observed gender inequality deeply rooted in our society. It may varies from refusing higher education to preventing girl child from entering in to family business..!! Knowingly or unknowingly we are underestimating and hindering the growth and future of these young aspiring women. Most of the parents think that depositing a huge amount as dowry is the most caring thing that they could do for a girl child…Shhhh..You are not legally permitted to use that word in India since 1961, but the sad truth is people renamed it as gift for bride…To date almost all of the weddings in our family involved dowry (now called gift for bride) even if the brides are well educated as the groom..And the question here is – why is no gift given to groom when both individuals are equally educated or earning….??Which means, the problem arises from the society setup or so called social norms.
So, to parents out there , give your girl child education, the time and encouragement, to finance for herself and to speak up for her self. To the men out there, be proud to be a feminist..help your mom, sister, wife and kids to get equal opportunity as men. To the young women out there, keep a step forward, raise your voice, which will be a giant leap for the mankind…
When I read Malala’s self motivation quotes, It remind me of the teenage days which I passed by the death valley suffering from a serious case of meningitis. And today I say to myself..it’s your second chance..And if Lord God has allowed it for you, there should be a reason behind it..don’t be afraid, move forward…!! Likewise, you may also have instances from your own life where you may apply the same..
Before concluding let’s have a quick recap on what all qualities make this little girl different?? Or lessons we can learn from her life..
1.Stand up/speak up: “We realise the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”-Malala. According to Malala’s words, at first she thought to wait until she is an adult to speak up, and then she realized that even a little girl’s voice could be heard worldwide..So, from now onwards don’t wait for others to speak for you..
2.Courage and Bravery: Before talking about her courage and bravery , I must congratulate her parents, for supporting her by every means..they are the perfect role models for parents of girl children. Now coming back to the point, we salute and get inspired by looking at her courage to take up such a daring fight against guns for girl’s education.
3.Strong determination: Regardless of what’s going to happen or what is happening around her, she was focused on her goal. She demonstrated the true value of determination and conviction.
4.Value of education: In every speech of hers, she focused on the importance of education and how the educated women can transform the world. So educate yourself as well as you can…even if you don’t wish to have a career life, every kids wish for well educated parents.
5.Leadership: when she stood up on behalf of 130 million girls a we saw an emerging leader in her..
6.Let your dreams drive your actions: Remember my recent post on women’s dreams??( if not check the link- https://lafemina.home.blog/2020/06/27/who-puts-an-expiry-date-on-womens-dreams/). Don’t let anyone else to put the expiry date on your dreams..
7. To be humble, respectful and thankful: When July 12th was announced as Malala day her speech at UN opened like this: “Malala Day is not my day. Today is the day of every woman, every boy and every girl who have raised their voice for their rights. We never heard her complaining about what she lacks but watched being thankful for what she has and how she respectfully treated other people.
Well, the list is endless..She is a University for all of us especially we women to refer, when we necessarily lack some huge amount of inspiration.
So, in this Malala day 2020 let’s take a step forward..Stand up for us..Hope you enjoyed the post ..share your thoughts in comment section below, have a wonderful day….don’t forget to follow, like and share ..thank you 🙏