By Erin Thorpe

At the age of 11, Malala Yousafzai became a blogger for the BBC under a fake name, writing about her experiences under Taliban rule and the oppression women were facing in Pakistan. She began speaking out about women’s right to education and soon became a focal point for attention around the globe. Malala sought to promote a solution to discrimination based upon gender and raise global awareness of the barriers women face in certain areas of the world.

As a result of her increased global fame and attention, she became a threat to the regime and in 2012, Malala was shot by the Taliban. Even though this was a brutal attempt to take her life, Malala managed to survive, further increasing her drive to make a difference and fuelling the world’s attention towards Malala’s movement.

Malala has created a petition that aims to ensure the right to education becomes a reality for both males and females. The goal of the petition is to obtain the UN’s commitment to providing enough funds for schools, teachers, and books to make Masala’s dream a reality. As a result of her work, she has become the youngest person ever to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. Her story proves that nothing is impossible. These achievements are a testament to her bravery in standing up against the Taliban and speaking out for what she believes is right.

Despite facing major obstacles, she has managed to establish herself as an important force in driving forward female education across the globe. Malala Yousafzai is a symbol for positive change within our world and an example that anything is possible in the fight for justice. Malala is a true example of a young woman fighting for freedom and is a hero for the rights of women everywhere. She is a message of hope and resistance, working to overcome the violent objections to female education, not just in Pakistan but across the globe. Her story is a remarkable demonstration of courage and shows just how much can be achieved through determination about what is right.

Malala is an inspiration to all girls everywhere to stand up for what is right and to be strong in the face of adversity. Although women in North America are fortunate to not face such obstacles to education, we too must still face adversity and must be brave like Malala to fight for what’s right in our own society. We as women have to fight against the cultural norm of society’s view of women. We must be counter-cultural and voice that the objectification of women is not acceptable and must demand a change towards the current standards of beauty. Just as Malala fights for the right to education, we too must fight to live in a world where women are valued more than their physical appearance.