Malala Yousafzai: A Young and Brave Girl and an Inspiration to NWHM

The staff at NWHM sends its heartfelt thoughts to the family of Malala Yousafzai, the  14-yeard old Pakistani activist, who was brutally shot in her head and neck by Taliban extremists on her journey home aboard a school bus on Tuesday afternoon. Malala is currently being treated at the  Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology critical care unit in Rawalpindi.

Since age 11, Malala has used her voice to speak out against the increasingly repressive Taliban regime in Afghanistan and parts of Pakistan, which has sought (among a litany of other repressive measures) to ban education for women. Malala began to chronicle her experiences living under the regime on a blog produced by BBC’s Urdu-language service back in 2009. She described having to wear plain clothes, so as not to bring any attention to herself and run the risk of being exposed for attending school.  She and other girls  would “hid our books under our shawls,” she wrote. The Taliban eventually forced the closure of her school and she was forced to stay home and forgo her education.

Last year, Malala was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize. She was praised for her courageousness in speaking up for girls’ educational rights. She was also awarded Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize.

NWHM honors Malala Yousafzai. Our thoughts are with her and her family. We are inspired both by her fearlessness and her remarkable story.

4 Responses to “Malala Yousafzai: A Young and Brave Girl and an Inspiration to NWHM”

  1. Michelle Stupar says:

    I am a medicine woman and activist from Arizona. I will play my medicine drum in Malala’s honor today. I have a special medicine drum given to me by a Pueblo warrior. I also have a very special medicine drum infused with the powerful feminine. I will pray both for Malala and her family.
    I will pass Malala’s story on to other medicine women and we will all drum in her honor and healing.
    Thank you brave spirit Malala on behalf of all women around the world.
    Ho

  2. Spot on with this write-up, I actually assume this website wants far more consideration. I’ll in all probability be once more to read way more, thanks for that info.

  3. NWHM says:

    Kara,

    Thank you for your kind words and support!

  4. thank youu, love the website…will come back again… next week

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