Editorial: Malala Yousafzai sets example for women to fight for education
Published: Monday, October 14, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013 22:10
If you hit a Talib (a member of the Taliban), then there would be no difference between you and the Talib, you must not treat others with cruelty. … You must fight others through peace and through dialogue and through education” stated Malala Yousafzai on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart.
On the eve of the anniversary of the attempt on her life, Malala Yousafzai, continues to send a powerful message to the entire world education, not violence, is the best way to fight terrorism.
On Oct. 9, 2012, Malala, 14, decided to go to school, something she had been doing for years. However, she had been defying the Taliban’s order that prevented women and girls alike from attaining an education.
Nonetheless, Malala continued to go to school in order to promote education on behalf of all girls. Malala was shot in the head and neck, point-blank, on her way back from school.
Education, the key to moving vertically in the socioeconomic ladder, is taken for granted, in most well-developed nations like the United States of America. The benefits and power of education are underrated. As governments try to implement education to all demographics of the population from poor to under-represented minorities, education is simply handed to most citizens.
However, across the world, communities are being terrorized and stripped of their basic human right: the right to attaining an education. Women in Pakistan have to fight for their education. Why? Because by not providing proper education to its population, the Taliban can continue to command control in certain areas of Pakistan.
Education is the Achilles heel of terrorist groups. To attain an education is to attain the key to escape the rule of terrorist governments. Thus terrorist groups continue to terrorize oppressed groups that try to learn.
Malala sends a very powerful message to the world; not only does everyone deserves an equal opportunity to education, but the best way to fight oppression is not through war, but education.
A year after the Taliban shot Malala, she continues to advocate for equal opportunities for education. She was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, met with President Obama and argued for equal education at the United Nations. Malala’s story of defiance and activism should be a lesson for the global community, that education, not war, is the best way to stifle terrorism.